>Monday’s Rose – "Mary Rose"

>I’ve heard it all before: You know, about what a prolific bloomer any certain rose is and how it has such a wonderful scent…… My Momma told me a long time ago, “honey, don’t believe anything your hear, and only about half of what you see”.. I grew up believing that and have applied in my efforts to select roses for my garden.

David Austin lists this rose as one that is the “first to bloom in spring, and last to stop blooming in autumn”. He goes on to say that it has a lovely fragrance.

I would never have given this rose a passing glance in the catalogs, it just didn’t look that appealing to me, until I actually saw it in bloom at S & W Greenhouse back in July.

After one glance, I knew this rose was destined for my garden. It has an old rose charm that will convince you. I planted two bushes beside one another the first part of July, and we are now on a second bloom cycle!

I cut a few blooms this morning to enjoy inside.
The fragrance is a strong old rose scent.
It also appears to have great disease resistance, with beautiful lush growth.

The growth habit of this rose is very upright, and does not nod, as some of the other Austins we have. They form nice shrubs, but have arching canes and nodding blooms.

I am so glad I found this rose. We have been very pleased thus far.


About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at About.com and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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One Response to >Monday’s Rose – "Mary Rose"

  1. Rosey says:

    >It reminds me of the wild shrub roses that grow in our mountains here. If it has anything near the scent, it must be fabulous. I have great respect for those who grow roses. Every year, the two miniscule rose bushes I have, get some sort of bug or pest.


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