I’ll never forget the first time I saw this rose. It was at the Birmingham Rose Show. It was not entered in the competition but instead was in a vase on the welcome table. Birmingham rosarian Gloria Purnell has cut a single stem cluster of this rose as big as a beach ball and placed it on the table for all to see. It was a showstopper! I knew then, eventually i’d grow that rose. Tina and I had the privilege of visiting Rose Petals Nursery while attending the Deep South District Mid Winter Meeting in January. Owner Cydney Wade gave us a personal tour of the nursery and it was a great pleasure to see all the roses growing there. Cydney is an advocate for Old Garden and Antique rose varieties and has an awesome selection. She shared her thoughts with me on a recent episode of the Rose Chat Podcast. Listen HERE Cydney was so very kind. She walked us through the nursery showing us all the beautiful roses that were growing. As we wrapped up our visit, she presented us with a shrub of ‘Sally Holmes’ to take with us as a remembrance of our trip. How did she know I had secretly filed away the desire to grow this beauty? We were overjoyed! This gift was one that we cherish and have enjoyed seeing this rose grow and blossom. It has brought us great joy not only to us, but to visitors to our garden as well. Sally Holmes is a beautiful climbing rose with blooms like apple blossoms. It is a vigorous climber and is almost always in bloom. I have always said there are no people like rose people. Generous, kind, fun loving and always willing to share a rose in the hopes that you too will want to learn more about growing the most magnificent flower in the world. On my Facebook page this weekend I asked folks if they ever gave garden roses as gifts. Here are some of their responses: So I will now ask you the same question. Do you give garden roses as gifts? As a pass a long plants? I’d love to know how you share roses with the world around you.
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