It’s a Treasure Hunt

I started to weed up around the western-most garden bed in the front yard. I discovered two roses I didn’t know were still alive. Actually I don’t even know what they are. One has flower buds, so I’ll have a little bit of an idea once it blooms. The colors appear to be very pale apricot, which would lead me to believe it might be Gruss an Aachen, who used to sit in that spot. however, I MOVED Gruss an Aachen to the herb bed several years ago.

It could also possibly be Seafoam, a large rambler, but the foligage is not right. It has more old rose foliage rather than the glossy dark green of Seafoam. I’ll have to get another Seafoam rose, no doubt.

Also what I thought was Rosa Mundi actually turned out to be Rosa gallica officinallis, the Apothacary Rose. It is an ancient species rose and the parent rose of Rosa Mundi. Picture below.

Rosa gallica officinallis

I have a lot of pictures today. I just noticed as I uploaded to Flickr that they are all some shade of pink. It’s not that I have an entirely pink garden, but the pink roses are more hardy in the long run and survive the neglect. My non-pink roses all died out in the interim.

So here are my two ramblers. Robinette is a single rambler which is about 6-7 feet tall.

Full shrub view. It was full of elm saplings. When we got all the trees out of it’s way, it immediately burst into bloom, overnight! Also we cut enough trees out of this shrub to make one entire load on our trailer.

Close up of Robinette. Single blooms, very prominent yellow stamens. Not much scent, unfortunately.

This is New Dawn, about 6 feet high by 15 feet wide in our back yard. The dogs like to burrow under her during the hot days. This rose is indestructible. I brought a root sucker up from my mother’s garden in 1990, that’s how old this plant is. Glossy dark green foliage with palest blush pink flowers. This rose is the first rose ever to receive a patent. It’s the grandmother of all modern climbing roses. I found out my grandmother had this rose next to her cottage in the 40s. It was always a favorite growing up and I’m happy to have that connection with her.

Partially and fully open flowers.

Close up of a single flower of New Dawn.

This is an unknown wild rose. It blooms for a bit every spring. It’s shading out a bunch of iris and is overtaking the driveway so it may not be allowed to stay. It can get very large and it doesn’t have room where it is right now. No scent.

Purple clematis “The President”. It’s also a survivor. It’s about 7 years old in the garden, and still doing ok. I had to unwind it from some saplings and train it up onto my porch trellis supports.

Pink spirea. I need to look up which one this is. My other one is Goldsturm, which has very lime green foliage. I do not remember which one this is, but I’ll let you know later. Very hardy and has survived.

Today’s plan is to get more manure to spread over the newly excavated garden bed and some more plants. I must have my Rio Samba rose, a multicolored yellow/orange/pink hybrid tea.They have some Austen English roses too. I’ll see what’s available. Not pink. I think I have pink covered, don’t you? :)

1 comment to It’s a Treasure Hunt

  • HJ

    So lovely! New Dawn is one of my favourites, but I can’t believe how large yours is. And I love those old roses – Rosa Mundi and Rosa gallica officinallis.

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