i keep telling myself that there are enough wonderful plants in the garden
that i really don't need to add anymore.
i was already in love with nigella--the flower
although the famous Nigella person is pretty swell, too.
(Don't you just love gorgeous people who don't seem to know
just how gorgeous they are on the outside?)
Two weeks ago, i met and fell in love with this rose
and decided on the spot i need her
(do click on the image, to view it larger...and you'll see the nigella, too)
This is Mme. Gregoire Staechelin.
She is growing in the nursery bed at Greenwood Gardens.
Louis, the Director of Horticulture, has been collecting plants to use throughout the garden once the current renovation project is complete. That bamboo "trellis" is temporary
or at least we all hope so
the original target date for completion has been extended at least 3 times.
Hopefully, she will be moved to her permanent home next spring.
According to Internet sources, this beautiful pink climber was introduced by the Spanish hybridizer, Pedro Dot and is also known by the name, "Spanish Beauty"
And now that i've met her, i can't for the life of me understand why she is not more widely available.
Searching the Internet, i find only one source here in the U.S.:
Rogue Valley Roses--who claims it is "deservedly popular".
Maybe in the rose crazy land of western Oregon, but it is certainly not popular enough to find its way into most mail order sources--not even the revered Antique Rose Emporium.
Country Garden Roses in the UK praises it very highly:
A fine climbing rose with huge blooms of soft rosy carmine with crimson shadings.
Summer flowering but a breathtaking sight in full bloom.
If spent blooms are not removed, very large pear shaped fruits are produced that change slowly from green to yellow gold.
Dark green foliage with good disease resistance.
Can cope with a North wall.
[Her perfume is very similar to sweet peas, if you ask me]
Has won numerous awards including.
Bagatelle Gold Medal 1927
American Rose Society John Cook Medal 1929
Royal Horticultural Society Award Of Garden Merit. 1993.
So, hey RHS...why wait until 1993 to honor Pedro's fabulous rose??
She is so worthy of love, admiration, and a prominent spot in the garden.