Hi! New to the NGA and been browsing around and chatting here and there. I love roses! Planted several in my garden over years past. Unfortunately, because of faulty attitude and neglect I lost all of them. This year I have gotten back into gardening and am working to replace the roses I lost. I've learned a ton on YouTube video channels this year about gardening. Wow! Was I ever ignorant! My old attitude basically was: "I plant it and if it grows it grows, if not it dies." I know, stupid! This year I have a whole new mindset about gardening. And I am having way more fun!
My favorite rose is the climber 'America'. I had three in the past that were beautiful, but alas, died. I looked for new ones this year but no one locally carried it. Online everyone was sold out except Heirloom Roses. I've never bought a rose on line, and never knew about 'own root roses'. But I tried it because I wanted the 'America' rose back in my garden.
I ordered two. They came and were the spindliest and most anemic roses I've ever seen! But I planted them. They leafed out, and the spindliest one started growing. The other simply sat there. Then, Mr. Spindly put on two flower buds. Yesterday one bloomed and today the other one bloomed! And the color is beautiful! I am one happy camper. Thought I'd share a couple of pictures.
The blooms are proportional to the size of the plant. They are very small, maybe two inches across, but gorgeous!
And oh, by the way, the other bush has started growing too!