Bob gave me the greatest present for Valentine’s Day — a gift certificate to Antique Rose Emporium [www.weareroses.com] in Texas. Part of the gift was my getting to choose a rose for our limited space. He enjoyed my decision-making process:
- I hoped a species rose might have some extra resistance to the rosette virus, which is really common around here.
- It couldn’t be TOO gigantic [well, actually, that’s a lie. There are only a few that would get TOO big for our very limited space].
- I considered a yellow or a white rose, since I don’t have any of those colors.
As always, I wanted something that would make a good-looking plant, even when not in bloom.
After some serious weighing of options, I decided to buy what is reputed to be a repeat-blooming swamp rose. [Most species roses bloom once a year, like azaleas]. The swamp rose, Rosa palustris, is a North American native, and because my dad’s ancestral home is in a Mississippi swamp, Bob calls me “Swamp Rose.” The fact that this was reputed to be a repeat-blooming cultivar sold me on it.
Good news! It does appear to be repeat-blooming [blooms on new growth]: it’s already blooming on the new growth it shot out in all directions as soon as I planted it in early May 2014. This picture was taken late June 2014. And the plant’s form is even prettier than I’d realized — open and airy, with graceful foliage. It reminds me of Mutabilis, which makes a pretty plant.