Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Antique Red Roses

And my husband said this rose wouldn't live! My sister and her husband tore down a house next door to them(don't worry-it was nothing worth saving) except for this rose bush. I've always seen these in people's yards-but where do you buy them. The old ones are the hardest to come by. This is the first year it's bloomed! I didn't think it was going to amount to anything(nor did my husband) but I think it will start to take off in the next few years.


  1. mine like that are ones I have bought, they die back and up comes a sucker of the original graft. I always want to dig them up but they bloom profusly in the spring!

  2. Surprise...it did live. YEA! What a beauty.
    Joyce M

  3. Just goes to show you that husbands don't know everything!


    A seeker of crimson and red
    Did part her fair lips as she said,
    “A daiquiri’s fine,
    And so is red wine,
    But I prefer claret instead!”

    ©2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Still Life with Red Blossoms

  4. It's a real beauty, and a survivor! A couple of years ago, a rosebush appeared in one of my gardens, out of nowhere! I didn't plant it, and I don't know where it came from. Maybe a bird planted it? Either way, I'm so happy to have it!
    Happy REDnesday,

  5. Haha! My blog post today is about an old rose just like this one, behind our old house.
    Aren't they lovely? I think it's true that they are original old stock and sometimes come up when grafted stock is cut off -- by mistake, usually!

  6. Cass is exactly right ... this is the old rootstock from a grafted rose. The 'named' rose that a former owner of the house bought and planted has died for some reason, and the rose that was used for the roots is now growing in its place. The rose is called 'Dr. Huey', and it was a sensation when it was introduced in the 1920s, named for a well-respected rosarian who was a dentist friend of the hybridizer.

    There are beautiful examples of Dr. Huey and other old roses growing abandoned at old house sites and cemeteries throughout the world. Since these do so well, I wonder why people say that roses are hard to grow? I say ... if you're having trouble growing roses, you're probably growing the wrong kind.

    I just found you through a link to one of the Friday blog parties. I stumbled across this old post from link-within widget.


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