Thursday, May 9, 2013

I'm not holding my breath, but yesterday this species rose arrived from Vintage Gardens for me to trial here. Super long shot, but a rosarian only lives once!

More sad news for the roses world.....Vintage Gardens is also closing after many years in business. My final order from them arrived yesterday....long shots but I've long wanted to test the ramblers Rosa helenae, Rosa brunnonii 'La Mortola', Rosa gentiliana....but I am psyched MOST by actually getting 'Easlea's Golden Rambler' after falling in love with it in the early 90s in the book 'Classic Roses' by Peter Beales...when I visited his nursery in England in 1997 I was blown away by his specimen, then again when I visited Bill Grant a dozen years ago in Aptos, California as saw his monster he got from Peter. Since it is felt to have Wichuriana blood in it, and own root Wichurianas thrive for me here in Tampa, I can't help but feel hopeful!!

I got this yesterday from Vintage Gardens! For years I've wanted to trial this species rambler in Tampa even though it utterly thrives in England and the Pacific northwest.....I love the cheery simplicity of the blooms and bloom clusters. IF it does well here I'll try crossing it with Teas and Chinas.

Pegging a long cane on my 'Seagull' rambling rose, as I'd hoped, resulted in it sending out lots of bud clusters so I can do extra pollinations on this once bloomer. The scent of newly opened blooms is wonderfully sweet.

This own root specimen was planted in 1999, grown all organically ever since.