Rose ‘Livin Easy’

I took full advantage of the cool, generally overcast weather this weekend, and put some solid workdays into the garden.  The deck is cleaned, the pots are planted and the tomatoes are finally planted.  It’s nothing to look at yet, but fortunately this rose is.  It’s ‘Livin Easy’ and although it may not be the newest thing out there and it might not be a color everyone loves, I still think it’s a knockout.

rose livin easy

Oxeye daisies and rose ‘Livin Easy’. Orange isn’t a color everyone loves, but I do.

Some people say it has a fragrance, but it’s not strong enough for my nose.  Even with a lack of fragrance the disease resistant foliage and summer long bloom make up for this fault, and I do nothing other than trim off a few dead branches in the spring and off she goes.  I’m sure fertilizer and more concerned care would do wonders, but I like the way it has become nearly overwhelmed in a sea of daisies.  A real gardener would have probably ripped them out ages ago.

33 comments on “Rose ‘Livin Easy’

  1. Christina says:

    If you find your rose stops producing it’s lovely blooms, then is the time to intervene and remove the daisies. Until then just enjoy!

  2. Chloris says:

    But you are a very real gardener. I am all for roses that look after themselves. The frill of daisies is just what it needs to cool down its dayglow colour. But, oh dear, that awful name! I prefer my roses named after long -dead people.

    • bittster says:

      The rose is very bright yet the name is uninspired dullness which I suppose is meant to appeal to the lawn service/ ‘plant material’ set. I’m not sure who was responsible for the trademarked name, but I suppose it’s better than the registered name of ‘HARwelcome’. My garden handles tacky dayglow very well but the daisies do try to make the color respectable.

  3. AnnetteM says:

    I think it looks great – I love bright colours in the garden.

  4. susurrus says:

    I love to see roses surrounded by other flowering plants.

  5. pbmgarden says:

    Good for you for checking off some chores from your list. The rose looks great and one that takes care of itself is a virtue.

  6. I’m with you – love orange! In a rose it is even more unexpected and exciting!

  7. Wow, that’s deliciously vibrant — reminds me of a fruit whose name I can’t recall at the moment. Persimmon, maybe?? I love the color combination with the daisies. The white brightens everything up and the yellow picks up the subtly lighter shades within the rose.

    • bittster says:

      Maybe a guava or the outside of a mango? It would definitely have to be a tropical fruit!
      Yes, I see that now with the center of the daisies picking up the rose color. I guess it does ‘work’ after all!

  8. Cathy says:

    What a great rose! I consider myself (I am so modest) a ‘real’ gardener and this is exactly the effect I am always after. (As an aside – you are ahead of me with your tomatoes … )

    • bittster says:

      There’s nothing immodest about your title of ‘real’ gardener, if your resume wasn’t enough your progress and achievements as you build your latest masterpiece are witness to that!
      You still need to get the tomatoes in, I still need to get the dahlias in 😉

  9. I dispute your claim about what a real gardener would do. A real gardener would embrace the serendipity. Oh, and I for one love orange flowers of all kinds.

  10. Cathy says:

    A gorgeous colour. I love orange roses!

  11. johnvic8 says:

    That orange is a true eye-popper. A marvelous rose; I can see why you like it.

  12. Linda says:

    I suddenly have all kinds of peachy and orange flowers in my garden. It’s an orange moment. But I am always pulling out the daisies from the year we let our property do its own thing while we made a garden plan.

    • bittster says:

      Haha, I will never be able to rid my soil of stray daisy seeds, I’ve let far too many go to seed and fill up the seed bank. I just have to remember to keep a firm hand with the extras.
      I can’t think of what’s orange in your garden right now, geums maybe? I hope we’ll find out 🙂

  13. A different kind of gardener would have ripped them out long ago, but not a better one.. I agree with the others here that the daisies are just what this rose needs. Why fight battles that don’t need fighting? And why even think about the kind of gardener you are not? Each year the garden should resemble you and your interests more than it did the year before. There is no one right way to garden, and you really already know that.

    • bittster says:

      That’s a great distinction, and I bet if I could stay focused a little longer and be one kind of gardener long enough to get towards any maturity that might be a good thing… but then again I’m afraid I’d get bored, so I’m just going to have keep jumping from one shiny, sparkly new thing to the next 😉

  14. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Oh, those real gardeners really tick me off with their perfect plans that unfold without a hitch or delightful surprise. Thank goodness for us pretend gardeners who simply get a kick out of growing things and make all kinds of delightful mistakes. I’m loving those warm colors more and more. Bring on the red and orange!

  15. I don’t have much of it, but I do like a bit of orange, and I especially like orange-toned roses. I’ll have to look and see whether I can find “Livin’ Easy” somewhere. Oh, and the daisies–doesn’t matter if you rip them all out; they ALWAYS come back! I’ve learned to love them!

    • Found one today at our Agway; just not sure I want to spend $25 on it!

      • bittster says:

        Ouch. I went cheap by finding it bareroot, but if it’s a nice plant $25 isn’t bad… but it does cut way into the plant budget! One warning though, a friend has had this rose winterkill twice (the first plant and then the replacement) so I’m not sure if it’s as hardy as others. I should probably cover mine for the winter instead of continuing to press my luck… but don’t remind me of this statement next spring when I didn’t and when it’s dead 🙂

      • I just looked up this Rose on Dave’s Garden website, and it lists its hardiness zones from 6a up. That’s a big NOPE for me! Been bitten by that before! I feel it’s irresponsible of our local stores to sell things that aren’t listed hardy for our zone!

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