Thursday, January 08, 2015

Throwback Thursday



Going back to 5/24/13 when I brought Gertrude Jekyll, a David Austin rose (my first DA) home. A birthday present to myself. I couldn't stop taking photos of her! 

She was coming back strong last season (2014), until a very late cold snap, and she never recovered. Debating on replacing her with another this year. I'm not sure it will be in the budget (if there even is a gardening budget this year, that remains to be seen), but I do miss Gertrude so! I think she and Julia Child would get along famously, although I'm afraid Queen Elizabeth is getting a tad put off by being surrounded by other famous women ;-)  

Do you have a favorite rose you once grew that you no longer have in your garden?

6 comments:

Deborah Aldridge said...

I gave up on roses, because they are not "forever" plants here in FL. David Austin roses are out altogether because they need more cold than we have. I tried very hard to grow roses once, in honor of my father, but it just never worked out. If I were you, and I loved this rose, I would try growing one in a container that I could protect from the cold. Or next year, wrap a string of battery operated Christmas lights around it and cover it with a blanket.

Jo said...

I grow all of my roses in containers! And have done so since 2007. It was a late, unexpected cold snap for which I wasn't home, and Gertrude already had a lot of new growth starting, so there was nothing I could do. To me, nothing is forever in a garden, especially when you've experienced the amount of extremes we've had here at The Portable Homestead since 2011! Container gardening adds to that instability vs gardening in-ground, but I've no choice here. Every year lessons are learned and every year is a chance to begin anew! I'm sorry you're unable to grow roses where you are in Florida! Have you tried contacting the American Rose Society to see if they have any suggestions for your hardiness zone?

Susan Hemann said...

After my brother died a friend gave me money to buy a rose to remember him. so I searched and chose Lady Diana, I planted the rose bush with some of my brother's ashes. I took care of it, but it never came up the next summer. I was devastated. I have do not have any roses in my garden.

Jo said...

I'm so sorry to hear that, Susan! Roses can be finicky. I started with Knockouts and have branched out to other floribunda, hybrid teas and grandiflora's since. The pink knockout I planted in my daughter's memory is still thriving, thankfully. Since the extreme temps of 2010 followed by the exact opposite in 2011 plus 2 hurricanes 2 years in a row, I've lost more than half of my 50+ containers, which includes roses so far.

Jo said...
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Jo said...

*which includes 9 roses so far. I was heartbroken when I lost Pope John Paul II hybrid tea, I planted that in my Nana's memory.