Anonymous pink garden rose
Anonymous roses in the Moosey garden cannot be ignored. It isn't their fault that they are nameless.
Often garden plants are rescued from bargain bins and sale tables at the local nurseries, and come to live in the Moosey garden. Others are offered a good home in the country from existing gardens - I've gained many of my treasures this way.
Then there is the head gardener, who hates the 'look' of white labels hanging from a low stem of a newly arrived rose bush. There are boxfuls of these old labels in the house, but alas the position of the rose in question was never written down.
Then there is a group of roses which were already here when we first came to Mooseys. Some of these are well known, but others could be any rose! The original garden was planted in the 1980s, and I don't really know which roses were fashionable in New Zealand then.
So rather than stare at the photographs in my rose book and try and match my roses up, I've decided to let the anonymous roses have their own section. There's no shame in not knowing your name, if you're a rose!
Recycled Retro Roses...
- I like rescuing and recycling suburban roses from older gardens. I call them my 'retro roses' - hybrid teas from decades long gone, when scary chemicals ensured rose health, and rose pruning was an elitist activity for the (possibly male) experts.
Rose Just Joey...
- I'm sure that one of my recycled rescued roses is Just Joey. It looks like Just Joey in shrub shape, and both its buds and its proper flowers seem right. Several rose friends agree with me - but I have been known to be a bit bossy...
Honey Yellow Rose...
- This honey yellow rose is a most successful roses for a country garden, blending the old-fashioned look with robust growth and repeat flowering. I grow it on the hitching rail by the Stables. I used to think it was the David Austin rose Windrush - wrong!
- I offer a good country home to recycled roses. People gift them (they're often free) if I'm prepared to turn up with my gardening gloves, secateurs, and shovel - and take them away.
Peach Pink Rose...
- Here's yet another unknown pink rose - but this one's a peach! I do have the best excuse for not knowing its name - it was here when we came to Mooseys, all those years ago.
Shell-Pink Floribunda Rose...
- Like many gardeners, I often don't listen properly when I'm being given some free plants - particularly if there are lots coming my way. Many of my rose names are unknown as a result of my inattention.
White Astrid Rose...
- This is my name for this rose, which I think is a recently bred one. My dearest gardening friend Astrid sent it out here for a peaceful retirement. It is on its own in a bed of older shrubs, and the dark foliage and beautifully formed flowers are stunning.
- This lovely ivory-cream rose was gifted to Mooseys from a gardening friend. I can't think why she wanted to get rid of it - the rose has shown no signs of ill-health, forming a medium-tall compact shrub with lots of flowers. Is it The Dove?
More Unknown Pink Roses...
- My garden is full of unknown pink roses. One beauty was a free rose I was lucky to get from a bare root sale. I suspect that it is a David Austin, but I can't find out the name.
Unknown Pink Roses...
- Two of my unknown pink roses were already in the garden when I first came to Mooseys. Since then they've been moved around, and I'm really not certain where either has ended up. Oops.