Heirloom Roses order received -- ? about 'Reine des Violettes'
On Monday I received the first of my Spring bands, from Heirloom Roses. I ordered the following:
'Jude the Obscure'
'Reine des Violettes'
'Rose de Rescht'
I received an email a while back letting me know that 'Paul Neyron' wouldn't be available until June, so that didn't come. That's fine with me.
I received another email a couple weeks ago telling me that 'Louis Philippe' was unavailable, and asking if I'd like a replacement or refund. I responded with a replacement (their 'Francis Dubreuil', which is really 'Barcelona'). I didn't get a response to my response, but it's busy this time of year. No worries.
The plants came looking good.
The invoice inside included the email about 'Louis Philippe' being unavailable, but not my response with the replacement. I guess it didn't get read, and so 'Francis Dubreuil' (aka 'Barcelona') didn't come.
Something strange, however, was the plant tagged 'Reine des Violettes'. This band has tiny prickles going up the main stem, somewhat resembling those on Gallicas.
I know there are some "fakes" out there, so one possibility is that Heirloom doesn't have the real thing. Another possibility is that their "real thing" reverted back to 'Pope Pius IX'. A third possibility is that this is a freakish thing that happens sometimes with bands, and the plant will shed the prickles soon and be completely smooth. And finally, the rose could simply be mislabeled -- which makes me wonder what it will turn out to be.
I'm not complaining -- I'm very happy with how the plants look, and was happy with my order from them last year. Mistakes happen.
I called them today to 1) tell them that my replacement is 'Francis Dubreuil' and may be shipped together with 'Paul Neyron' in June, and 2) ask about this 'Reine des Violettes' which came. I was told that when the nursery people come back from a meeting, she would find out and get back to me. I said I'd take some pictures if they'd want me to send them.
Does anyone have any ideas about this? I remember the last 'Reine des Violettes' I ordered being completely smooth, but then again it was from a different nursery.
And in other news, I HAVE to share this pic of my first rose from last year to leaf out in its pot. 'Souvenir de Victor Landeau' came from Vintage Gardens last year as a band and grew vigorously (but did not bloom) when grown-on in its 2-gallon nursery pot. It spent the winter on my front porch with no added protection, and when I saw the first green leaves popping out, I put it (and the others) in my back yard to get more sun. This pic was taken today, almost a year to the day after receiving it in a tiny band-liner. Absolutely no die-back, save for a few buds which started swelling a few weeks too early and ended up shriveled. But they are now pushed off by new buds growing underneath them.
This post was edited by AquaEyes on Tue, Apr 16, 13 at 12:53