A New Rose in the Garden
February is the time to prune roses, —so that’s been done— and now that we are in March, the roses have begun to add new growth and blooms. This rose is new to my garden, but it is not new to our family.
Last year, my husband brought a few cuttings from the rose that was planted at the grave site of his Great Grandmother Agnes B. The rose was planted by her sister and it is one of only a few remaining in the cemetery (planting new roses is not permitted these days). At any rate, I decided it was worth a try to get these cuttings in soil and try to grow this rose. Three of the cuttings grew, the one pictured to the left has successfully established and the first blooms are about to open!
The identity of this rose is not currently known — that will require a trip to visit with a Rosarian at the Antique Rose Emporium! Here is what I know about this rose; it was planted in the Early 1900’s, it has grown care-free at the same site through both drought and flood, it is resistant to black spot (cause by a fungal pathogen of roses) and is it VERY, VERY tolerant of shade.
The roses appear different in Summer as compared to Spring. The heat and humidity of summer causes the rose petals to curl and the rose to become spherical (a process know to rosarians as “balling”). The rose petals do not curl as much in cool weather Winter (in our part of Texas) and in Spring and the rose appears “rose-like”. There are few petals, when compared to some of the newer roses, and there is little fragrance noted.
This rose will have a special place in the garden, simply because of it’s history. If the best thing we can do for our ancestors is to honor their memories, this rose will certainly serve to remind us to think about Great Grandmother Agnes B.