Thursday, March 17, 2011

'Bermuda's Anna Olivier'

This is a rose that is completely at home in Florida's heat and humidity. It is one of the found roses called "Bermuda Mystery Roses" where it grows well since the 1800's and people have lost track of the original name. Mine was planted in March, 2009 and is about 4' tall and 6' wide.  It's flowers are large and pale buttery yellow fading to buff in the heat of summer. The yellowy green foliage is wonderfully lush and healthy. BAO is one of the Teas that seems to start out growing low and wide, taking a while to build height. I'm sure if allowed this rose can grow to 6', 7', 8' tall. Who knows? Since size is not an issue yet in her location, I did not prune her this spring, choosing to give her more time to build her structure.

She is an amazing sight when covered with these big, beautiful, fat flowers. Another desirable attribute of 'Bermuda's Anna Olivier' is that her flowers do not decrease in size in the heat. She has lots and lots of petals, probably at least 80. I'll have to count them one day. She's a beauty, carefree and a favorite of mine.
This bloom was the largest I've ever seen on her. I didn't have a ruler, but it was easily 5" across and not fully open yet.

Let me ask the question, who needs finicky Hybrid Teas when this rose loves it here?

This photo of the bush was taken five days ago before the buds opened into these luscious flowers.


  1. Oh My Gosh! This one really speaks to me. She almost has an old lace coloring.

    Thank you for sharing ~ FlowerLady

  2. Beautiful! I love my Anna Olivier too, except for how it finishes, you have to be right on top of deadheading it or it can be a little ghastly. Your daylilies look so happy and healthy. What is the plant to the right of the rose? I really like the leaf structure against the color and form of Anna.

  3. Beautiful. Wish I could grow her, but I think that of many of your Teas.

  4. Yeah, Flowerlady, I hear her loud and clear, too. This morning she's really showing a lot of opening buds.

    Ken, oh, yeah, I forgot all about her bad finish. Oh, well, can't have everything, but it's a small thing compared to her pluses. I'm usually diligent about deadheading, but she's getting bigger and that will take more time. The plant to the right of her is a second-year 'Summer Carnival' hollyhock. I counted 7 bloom stalks this morning. Its leaves are about 7" in diameter & kind of rough, a nice contrast in texture to the roses. This one was rose red last year. I assume it will return as the same color. That reminds me. I need to stake them since they get 5' or 6' tall.

    Well, Professor, then just enjoy the photos...and the beautiful ones that you grow when they start popping.

  5. Beautiful post, Sherry. After seeing it I want 'Bermuda's Anna Olivier' badly! The blooms are so pretty and that they finish not that great is not a big deal, since I prefer deadheaded roses anyway.
    Sherry, you are doing a great job advertising the OGRs! Hope, many people read your blog and see the beauty of these lovelies!

  6. It is beautiful! I think I need to learn more about old garden roses. I got stuck on David Austins, but a couple haven't done too well over the winter here.

    I know we're in very different climates, but do you have luck growing any climbers in any sort of container? I'm trying to decide what to grow over our new arbor.

  7. Outstanding pictures Sherry, just outstanding!!!!!

  8. Another lovely specimen, Sherry. To chime in on your question... I don't why Floridians bother with any others... OGR's are the way to go.

  9. She's really gorgeous, your photos have me tempted even though I'm not usually hot on the super pale ones like her, but in your photos, she seems to glow! Maybe if one of mine dies (like your M. Tillier did. ha... ;)