Roses forum: 'A thousand years!','Lost and Found','The Survivor', and other amazing stories

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Justin
May 5, 2014 4:03 PM CST
Protected from the wall of a church, a Cathedral, a rose lives for more than 1000 years! Cathedral walls were shattered by the bombing of last World War, but The Rose surviving. How many wars have it seen? And still continue to bloom. For a thousand years! Can you believe it? If not, read here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thousand-year_Rose
The story is true. This rose is recorded in historical archives!
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Throughout history, the roses have fascinated the mankind. Why? I do not know why ... Maybe you can tell me. But, I know that over the time many varieties have been developed. Some were very famous in their time. Some were devoted to important people, some were named even with name of queens. But ... many were forgot and lost.
In some place some rose lovers try to rediscover the survivors, The Rose Time Travelers.
Many old rose, survived in old cemetery, or alongside of old ruin house, or alongside of Pioneers routes. But their names are lost.
Sometimes a lost rose is found, and some rose lovers try to protect these in some special places.
Where? One of this place is a famous cemetery. The Cemetery Rose from Sacramento, California.
http://www.cemeteryrose.org/
http://oldcitycemetery.com/roses.htm
http://www.cemeteryrose.org/Garden/garden.html
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Have you heard about The Survivor? I'm sure you do.
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/southerngarden/PeggyMarti...
But how did it survive with 20 feet of salt water over it? I don't know. Do you know?
All I can tell you that it is amazing.
Isn't it?
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Well I love the stories of The Roses. If you know some story, tell them here.
The story of Yours Rose or others Rose.
Or just a picture of a rose found in forgotten place. In fact what it is a photo, if not else than a whole story?

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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
May 6, 2014 12:53 AM CST

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It is amazing how some roses can survive the worst of care. In my town (Sebastopol), many empty lots and roadside drainage ditches are full of huge Rose (Rosa 'Dorothy Perkins') and Rose (Rosa 'Madame Alfred Carriere') bushes. I imagine the ones in empty lots are left over from a time when someone planted them there and cared for them, and the ones in drainage ditches must have originated as wayward pruning debris.
Name: Cindi
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May 6, 2014 3:02 PM CST
zuzu said:It is amazing how some roses can survive the worst of care.


That's exactly what people say when they come to see my garden!! Hilarious! Sad

I have a few roses in the far reaches of the yard who get no care, (Rosarium Uetersen) and still grow beautifully.
Others are in prime spaces, get by-the-book coddling, and stubbornly refuse to grow. (I'm looking at YOU, Koko Loko, Red Intuition)
I remember my mom taking me back to the house she lived in as a child. It was long abandoned, way off any paved road, deep in the Ozarks. Red and yellow roses bloomed without anyone there to admire them. We found peonies, iris and phlox, too. She said her mother either got cuttings from friends or sent off for mail order plants. No nurseries around there. My grandma and her sisters were pretty good at starting a plant from the littlest cutting or division.


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May 7, 2014 8:56 AM CST
Nice story Cindi. Traveling through space and time to meet your maternal grandma through her surviving flowers. Guided by the best guide, your mom. I know this sensation. I have eaten strawberries from the abandoned little cottage garden of my paternal grandma. Strawberries surviving through the invading grass and among the flowers that stubbornly survive many years after my grandma passed away.
Thanks for the story Cindi. It bring to me old sweet memories.
Justin

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