Rosa ‘Iceberg’


Iceberg Rose
Iceberg rose is my favorite for its abundant delicate blossoms. The glossy foliage is supposedly healthy, but I’ve found it to be prone to black spot- if they aren’t well taken care of, it gets so bad that the leaves simply fall off. I have sweet memories of Iceberg from Hidcote and Tintinhull house. In both gardens they were grown around fountains, in front of dark hedges. At Hidcote they were followed up by tall Cimicifuga, at Tintinhull by white Japanese anemones. The first time I saw these roses, I think, I was in high school. There was a little downstairs florist in St. Anthony Park, in Milton square. The business in that spot seemed to change over about twice a year. This particular one was quite ambitious, a European style floral designer. I remember reading the name on the tag in the refridgerated case, repeating it over. Hello, old garden roses. My boyfriend at the time bought the luscious white roses for a friend of ours from another school that he was taking to a prom. While I didn’t mind about the dance, (I managed to avoid all of them,) I would have liked to be given flowers like those. Later, when I was designing gardens, I picked up two bushes at an end-of-the-season sale, for a few dollars apiece. For several years I kept them going, burying them each fall as they aren’t very hardy in zone 4. Iceberg is a floribunda rose, with clusters of up to 10 flowers. In late spring it produces a big show of flowers, then sporadically thereafter until fall. There is a climbing variety and a bush type which stays around 3 feet tall and wide if pruned well in late winter, but can grow quite large. When they get rained on the petals get pink spots, though the rain doesn’t ruin the blossoms the way it does hybrid tea roses. The flowers are loose and open wide to show the golden stamens. Unlike denser roses, the blooms don’t rot on the plant, the petals just flutter to the ground. The one I have now is in full bloom, for the last three weeks I have been cutting bouquets from it for a dark blue vase I have, and still it is covered with blossoms.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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