There is almost no truer statement than, "April showers bring May flowers." Almost everything is flowering this month in Southern Oregon. This is one of the best and busiest months for me in my business. I finally got around to taking my camera to some of my job sites so I could share some of my favorite things about my job.
This rose is the all time best of climbers, in my opinion, nothing beats it. It is a Cecil Brunner rose and fills in beautifully on a fence, arbor or just about anything you would like it to cover. It has small light pink flowers and only blooms from mid May to mid June but it is definatly worth it.
It is a little sensitive to hard winters and will start to sucker from the root stock. The rootstock is easy to spot with the long straight canes that produce red flowers. As soon as I see these I cut them off to the ground.
The only other rose I would even consider coming close to this one as far as a climber goes would be the Lady Banks rose or rosa banksiae. It blooms this time of year also and has tiny yellow flowers, the other bonus is it is pretty much thornless.
I have used other climbing roses, others offer brighter colors and longer flowering time but nothing beats the well behaved nature of these roses.