I know I will need a lot of patience with such young plants, but I can't help thinking about the gorgeous blooms I might, with luck, see in a few years.
|Sir Henry Segrave, 1932, at the Heritage|
I have become very interested in older hybrid teas and am trying to assemble a modest collection of the rarer varieties.
|Lady Mary Fitzwilliam, before 1880, at the Heritage|
There is very little information about these roses, so I have always considered them an exciting gamble.
|Snowbird, 1936, at the Heritage|
I found very few to be total disasters (Nancy Lee is my worst purchase to date, with constant mildew and delicate blooms with lots of tissue thin petals that never open).
|Nancy Lee, 1879, in my garden|
Some of my best roses have turned out to be Pernetianas.
|Mrs. Arthur Robert Wadell, 1909, at the Heritage|
They are notorious for succumbing to blackspot, but at least those few that I grow are quite resistant to mildew and rust. Girona has been a healthy vigorous rose. Etoile de Few blackspotted a little in our cool spring but has retained most of its glossy healthy foliage with no rust and just a bit of late season mildew. Mine is a two year old plant now and has produced consistently good blooms, a terracota orange in spring and a coral pinky orange in the fall.
|Etoile de Feu, 1921, in my garden|
I am also very excited about "Lykke Dazla", a mystery pernetiana. My plant is very young but bushy and well foliated so far, without any disease.
|"Lykke Dazla", unknown, in my garden|
My most recent shipment of 8 arrived last week.
|My 8 debutantes|
I expect to keep most or all of them in large pots. Some older own root hybrid teas are not super vigorous and in my yard at least benefit from being in loose organic potting mix as opposed to heavy rocky clay in the ground. I can't wait to see their first blooms next spring.