Rosa “Sultan”

Rosa "Sultan"

Rosa "Sultan", originally uploaded by malyousif.

We locally call this the “Mohammedi Rose” in honour of the Prophet Mohammed. This is the “Sultan” variety that normally comes from Oman or Saudi. It is very similar to another cultivar “Rosa ‘Bahrain Rose'” but a little bigger and is “smellier!”

It’s scent is gorgeous and if you do take a whiff, you will probably fall in love with it.

Have a wonderful and peaceful Friday my friends…


  1. ASKAD

    I love the smell especially in the early morning if you walk near them, great flower. :happy:

  2. Barry

    If I were Mohammed, I would be honored to have a rose like that named after me. I’m not usually a fan of roses, but I like roses such as that, which aren’t too floriferous (which usually means “Hybrid Tea”). The best roses I think are the antique roses, like Damask, Musk, Noisettes, etc. They are usually incredibly strong scented.

    I did however buy my mother a rose for Mother’s day called “Dolly Parton”, which was a kind of orange leaning red with a wonderful perfume.

    I also bought last year the native rose, which I’ve actually seen in the wild. It’s a single flowered, light pink rose (the classic rose), which has a light, but wonderful scent. The plant is very thorny though. It’s not blooming yet, as it’s just coming out of its decidious dormancy. The hips are good for tea (and actually pretty in and of themselves, like small reddish orange balls)

  3. SoulSearch

    Mahmood, thanks for posting yet another beautiful Friday Foto. I look forward to your friday post. I could almost smell the sweet scent of El-Ward Lim7amedi. Thanks.


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  5. Johnster

    Looks lovely and so nice to know it has a strong scent (unlike the cut roses in the flowershops). Can you tell me where you bought it and what soil you planted it in?

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    Johnster these are available through most garden centres as this is their season. I got these from A’alya Garden Centre on the Janabiya highway.

    As to the soil, they’re planted in the “new border” I created in the garden a few weeks ago; in that I mixed into the sand a bag of compost (25 ltrs) and 1/2 a bag peat moss. No idea if this is the ideal thing for them, but I suspect that they tolerate sandy soil well enough, being from this environment. They might benefit from good fertilizer once in a while for feeding.

  7. Barry

    Mahmood: I’ve found roses are pretty adaptable to soil, as long as it’s not so heavy their roots suffocate. My grandmother had this orange and cream variety in her garden that had stopped being cared for and actually continued to thrive even in pure sand (our sand is almost as devoid of nutrients as the sand at the beach)

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    Thanks Barry, that’s what I noticed and expected. Roses (with my limited experience) do not do well at all in direct sun, especially when young. Protect them from it – especially the hot Bahraini sun – and they might actually grow well.

  9. Barry

    Mahmood: Well, it depends where you are of course! Where I live, our temperatures rarely peak above 24C. So, most things which will wilt and fade in sun and heat like yours love full sun, otherwise they don’t get enough warmth to function. Roses do well in full sun here. They also need more water the hotter they’re grown. A friend of mine has many growing at his house, where temperatures routinely soar above 40C in summer, but the air where he lives is somewhat humid.

    On the other hand, some things require cool temperatures. One of our native trees cannot stand heat. High temperatures allows a fungus to overtake the trees, but in cool coastal climates, the cool weather keeps the fungus at bay. People who try growing them in dry, hot climates succeed for a few years before the trees die. You never see them futher inland than maybe 32 kilometers before they succumb.

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    I’m learning – like any other gardener I guess – the hard way. It is always sad to see a plant that you have cared for just wilt and die, but like you said, knowledge and experience help a lot in caring and nurturing them that you and others might enjoy their mature stages.

    I am so looking forward to that time!

  11. Barry

    My garden (well, my parents’ garden) is something of an experiment. I try different things, and whatever survives, I keep, whatever doesn’t I never try again. I’m all for pushing envelopes, but if it is unlikely to thrive in our soil (without amending, yes, I never amend except for lawn), and our 10 year hard freezes, it doesn’t get grown. I have to make sure that when I leave, what we have will be able to survive without a lot of care.

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    Yes, I’ve learnt to be less emotional about plants somewhat too. I have no problem now of removing unsightly plants, wilted ones or those which are past their annual prime. The perennials however are a different matter!

  13. Maverick

    Beautiful photo!
    Excellent coloring and background.
    We call this mithai pink as the color such as it is used for sweets. I also call it hot pink…… πŸ™‚

  14. Barry

    Mahmood: Yes, it was always hard to remove a particularly special plant if it wasn’t doing well, but I learned to let go (and not spend so much on one plant!). Still it hurts when something you especially like doesn’t do well, or gets ruined. My seedling of Brahea edulis (a fan palm from Guadalupe Island off of the coast of Mexico) had its new leaf frozen and then it rotted out. I’m hoping it recovers (usually with palms, if the new leaf rots out before it hardens off, if you pull it out, and then clean out the hole, you can salvage the bud).

    I told my parents once that if they sold the house, I’m digging up and moving some of the plants (I probably won’t do that now). More recently, I told them that when I move away, and they get a gardener, that the gardener had better not hedge a single plant (I abhorr hedging unless you have a specific reason for it, such as parterres, and formal European gardens.) My garden is meant to look mostly natural, to show off the form of the plants, so the most anyone should ever do to the plants is to prune out branches to direct growth (I don’t believe in purely wild gardens, unless you’re doing a botanical garden).

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