Fortunes Double Yellow
So, I am really silly - I am going to try and grow this rose. I fell in love with it years ago at Filoli - they had one that was about 15 feet tall and 30 feet wide espaliered against a large wall in a courtyard, and when I saw it you literally could not see the leaves for the bloom. Then I forgot about it (once bloomers that get 40+ feet tall are sort of intimidating).
Then it got me again, appearing at the top of some large bushes along a bike path where my DH and I go sometimes. It was in a small park, but not taken care of at all - it had gone over the top of about three 10-15 ft high bushes, and was in full glorious bloom. So, after a few tries I rooted it - now I have 2 little healthy plants about 10 inches high in one gallon pots. Sometimes I look at them as I walk by, sort of as if they were the famous "Feed Me!" plant from the Little Shop of Horrors, and I expected them to reach out and grab me.
Anyway, of course we have no place to put them, but I was encouraged last year to see a FDY which had grown all up a large oak tree. Of course, inside of the tree it was in partial shade, which was interesting. Hah! said I - I have a large oak tree (it is a scarlet oak about 5 stories tall - the main trunk is 4 ft in diameter) in my front yard.
So, yesterday my DH dug up a little volunteer rose about 3 ft tall that had planted itself at the base of that oak tree years ago (I figured if it could grow there, maybe using the same hole would give FDY a start). He started laughing hysterically, so I came to see what was so funny. That little bush had put out two 10 ft long tap roots, each over 1 inch in diameter, which were running exactly horizontally away from the bush in 2 directions, about 4 inches under the dirt! Roses are amazing - I guess right under the oak there was not enough dirt, so they went searching for some more! Eventually they both turned down, but really not until they were more than 10 feet away from the bush.
So, I figured that an almost species like FDY should be at least as enterprising as an unknown volunteer, and might work there. We are going to give it a sort of raised bed about 6 inches tall to live in at the base of the oak tree, where the little rose was growing, and see what happens. Stay tuned...