|Old Blush inspired the poet to write "The Last Rose of Summer."|
I used to play this song on the flute, in my early years. We did not grow roses at home in Moline, and few did, so I wondered about the poignancy of the "last rose."
Summer has stretched into November this year, without a hard frost - so far. The weather map may give us two more weeks of roses, but I am not counting on that.
Yesterday I found several John Paul II bushes with perfect roses, so I brought them in, along with one Barbra Streisand and one Falling in Love. Today I will gather more so they can open up for Sunday.
As I wrote before, roses tolerate cold much better than heat. They only need:
Many mistake blackspot for the Black Plague. They want to hose down their plants with fungicide. Why not burn down the rose garden to end all disease? I use no poisons, so I will cut a blackspotted rose and trim the leaves off - problem solved.
- Thorns, mean and abundant, or few
- Large blooms
- Strong stems
- Frequent blooming
- Disease resistance
- Attractive foliage
- Shade tolerance
Here are some ideas for those who might order roses for 2017, perhaps to honor the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Luther's symbol is the Messianic Rose.
| Mr. Lincoln is classic, strong and tall in growth,|
powerful in fragrance, easy to grow.
Best Rose for Beginners and the Nostalgic - Mr. Lincoln
Mr. Lincoln has many great characteristics. The stems are long and strong, yielding large buds with powerful fragrance and a beautiful bloom. Pruning and harvesting only yields more roses. The bloom darkens and has a blue tint as it ages, which is also fun to watch.
|Easy Does It photographs well.|
Easy Does It
This orange rose blooms more than any other in the garden. This type, floribunda, will bloom more and have roses that do not last as long as others. But the color and frequency of the blooms are quite rewarding.
|Veterans Honor glows in the garden.|
This rose may have no shortcomings at all, except being a little prone to blackspot. The pure red roses are so large that they bend the stems. The blooms are fragrant and last forever when cut for a vase. Best of all, they honor our military veterans and benefit them with a donation toward a fund for veterans.
|Queen Elizabeth Rose|
Dr. Walter Lammerts, a Lutheran Creationist, developed this rose, so that ends any debate. The queen has little fragrance but the best pink of all the roses I have grown. The plants can grow very tall. The buds are tall and pointed, opening to blooms that impress everyone. We always plant two and have a plaque for each daughter at the base.
How Many To Order?
I suggest ordering multiples of the favorite one chosen. We decided on Falling in Love as one entire row, so now we have them most of the time for vases. They have nasty, abundant thorns, but the blooms are fragrant and delicately balanced with white and pink. Our neighbor girl said, with enthusiasm, "Those are MY favorites."
| Falling in Love - a name|
that fits the rose perfectly.
Massing the color chosen is a old trick to gardening. Mixed tulips are less expensive, but a drift of 100 tulips in one color is impressive. (The dying foliage is not.)
Here I have to admit that mixing the rose colors will not spoil anything. They bloom when they want, no matter if all of them are the same. They always look great in a bouquet, no matter how man's colors might clash. God's flowers never clash.
I only argue for abundance. Three rose bushes are more fun than one alone. And "The Last Rose of Summer" takes a bit longer to fade away.
| I gave Purple Splash to our helper to grow.|
This climber is more like a weed in growth and blooms abundantly.
His children love to tend it.