5 Canadians and an Englishman from Pickering
Nudged by a post last September about Pickering Nursery listing many of their roses as "Final Season," I placed an order for some hardy roses I've been coveting for quite a while. Normally I would ask for shipment at the end of April as that is the earliest I can confidently dig in frost-free soil here in Northern Michigan but for this order I decided to chance it and request early spring (actually late winter) figuring I would have to store the roses in the root cellar an extra month or possibly pot them up and hold them in the basement. But that seemed better that than losing out on the last chance of getting these from Pickering. I feared they might be out of (any of) the roses by the time they got around to pulling my tail-end-of-the-season order, or I hoped not to end up with the dregs which has happened before. Well, what do you know? It actually worked out for my March 13th shipment (which arrived today.) I'll be planting tomorrow in 70 degree weather in ground that is completely without snow or frost. Since our huge snowstorm on the 2nd, we have been having unbelievable weather up here! All that snow melted away in days and it feels like late April, not the end of winter. I never dreamed when I ordered that we would have such an incredibly early spring. And good thing I can plant right away because I peeked in the bag and the roses appear to have broken dormancy in the warmth of their trip across the border.
For those interested in what I received, here is the list:
The Canadian-bred roses: Eddie's Crimson, Dr.F.L.Skinner, Red Dawn, Prairie Dawn and Suzanne. And the lone gentleman of English origin being Williams Double Yellow.
Dr.F.L.Skinner ended up being a lesser grade rose (which Pickering discounted) but he was the only one so I feel lucky. The rest look very nice.
I am really looking forward to playing in the dirt tomorrow!