Thank you, whoever ordered A Year of Roses! It reminded me to take time soon to visit Whetstone Park of Roses, soon. Last year I went at a time when the heirloom roses were over and I would really like some pictures of them. I grow a few here, but I have them scattered about and would rather create more of a feature of them. Each year I try to grow them from cuttings like my mother did so successfully, but haven’t yet gotten the knack.
I’m going to try to use the greenhouse for that this year. I am especially longing for Blanc Double de Coubert Rose, since I put it next to a Spruce tree which now threatens to engulf it, and it is further insulted by the farmers herbicide sprays. But today, during a morning walk, it’s scent wafted out far to the road where I was taking a morning constitutional… and I thought again of how much I would like more of this old fashioned rose.
I wanted to get pictures of the parks collection because I am very interested in the heirloom varieties and want to write an article on them. I once had some of the Bourbon roses, but they all met their demise in the colder winters. When the books say “hardy” it is all very relative!