|Rosette Delizy (Tea, Nabonnand, 1922), in my garden|
Yesterday on my doorstep I found a long-expected package from Vintage Gardens, a mail-order rose nursery specializing in antique and rare roses.
For me, and I am sure for many other rosarians, opening a package with new roses feels like Christmas morning. Here are my four plants snugly packed with lots of newspaper to ensure the stems do not break.
Most mail-order roses are own-root (not grafted onto a rootstock) and are in effect rooted cuttings of a mother plant that grows in the nursery's garden.
To reduce costs, roses are shipped in small containers called bands (bigger sized plants are usually available from most nurseries too). Although they can be put directly into the ground, bands are usually replanted into a 1-gallon container (and sometimes to a 5-gallon afterward) because a bigger and more mature plant has a better chance of surviving in the ground.
|Comparative size of a band and a 1-gallon pot|
Even though initially band roses are tiny plants, they grow quickly.
|Francis Dubreuil (Tea, Dubreuil, 1894), in my garden|
|Lorraine Lee, Climbing (H. Gigantea, Tea, Mackay, 1932), at the San Jose Heritage Garden|
|Lyda Rose (Shrub, Lettunich, 1994), in my garden|
Antique Rose Emporium
Burlington Rose Nursery
Chamblee's Rose Nursery
Rogue Valley Roses
Finally, just one more thing that I feel is important: most garden roses are complex hybrids tracing their origins to several regions with widely different climates, such as subtropical China or continental France. Therefore, not all roses will thrive in all climates. Do your research!
|Mme Berard (Tea-Noisette, Levet, 1870), in my garden|