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Delightful Rambling Roses Adorn the May Garden

Lucky's Rose is delightfully laden with flowers right now.

As much as I love the wildflowers and native plants, I am still a sucker for antique roses.  I love them in the garden as well as in a vase.

I began collecting them about 20 years ago when I had my nursery.  At first most were found roses.

They came from friends and I had no idea what they really were.  Some were given to us as pencil sized leafless hardwood cuttings and others were small rooted plants.  For convenience and for fun, we made up names for them like “Debbie Shirley’s Husband’s Papaw’s Rose”, “Carson’s Rose”, and “Lucky’s Rose”.

As I learned more about antique roses,  I discovered the actual names for some of them.   I found the Antique Rose Emporium catalog and web site quite helpful with that endeavor.

“The Rose that Came With the House that Wouldn’t Die” was a rose that my friend Carson bought along with his house.   It was abused in every possible way but still persevered.  Eventually we found out that it was actually “Aloha”.  Good to know but I kind of like the made up name better.

“Lucky’s Rose” is one that we have yet to identify.  It came to us from our friend Lucky Lisenbee.  It blooms in spring only and we call it a rambling rose because it is quite vigorous and will climb if not pruned each winter.  It is very fragrant and as close to a purple color as is found in the rose world.

If  anyone knows the Christian name of this rose, please post a comment to let me know.

It is mysterious and beautiful as is and I am inclined, as Iris Dement would say, to “let the mystery be.”


 

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