Spring time is bloom time, no matter how old you are.
Before my grandmother passed away, I was able to dig up a few roses from her garden. We wanted to make sure that we continued on the rose, so having as many samples growing in my siblings and my gardens around the country would help pass on a tradition.
My mother said that my grandmother's grandfather gave her the rose plant from his garden. That means that the rose was probably around since the 1800s, so I decided to do some research and try to figure out what type of rose it was. Since I'm not a rose expert, it makes it hard to determine what variety a rose is. Until I dug up my grandmother's rose, I was only familiar with hybrid-tea roses, which were created for their strong fragrance and ease of care. I knew nothing of what was created before that variety and only by chance did I learn about older ancient roses.
The main characteristics of my rose, while not a climbing rose, grows tall, has small thorns, is dark to light pink and has a lot of peddles. One of the first to come close to it was the Damask Rose. It is a very old rose and may have reached England either due to ancient Romans bringing it along or as a gift to King Henry VIII. The next old rose I found that was similar was the Bourbon rose. The Madame Isaac Pereire rose looks very close to my rose. Bourbon roses were introduced in 1820 in France. At that point, they could have been shipped over to American. This last rose led me to the hybrid perpetuals rose, which gained popularity in England in the 1800s. It is very close to the Reine Des Violettes, except for not being virtually thornless.
I think the only way to be sure of what I have is to have a DNA test done on it. I'm not sure I am at that point, unless I can start selling them for the prices I see them on the web.
My main rose bush isn't' growing in the best of places. It doesn't get enough sunlight and I've let it grow to reach it where it can. I'm hoping to be able to grow some cuttings and plant more in a better place, but I'm just glad that each year I am seeing more and more blooms from my grandmother's rose.
Let the positive energy sing!
More Power to the Minnows!!
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