More Bad News for Old Garden Roses
This morning I got a phone call from a friend that she was bringing me a "cutting" from the garden of old roses we had planted about 1980. They had just torn out the old roses because the Master Gardeners did not want to take care of them. The members of our garden club are now elderly and had passed the care of the garden, which consisted of a small rose garden, an herb garden and some plantings around a few log cabins, to the Master Gardeners about a year ago. I had left the club a few years ago because of health and age issues myself. When I got to the garden, the compost pile held the cut branches but only one crown with little root. When I found the second compost pile in the middle of a weedy garden, I found a few shoots with almost no roots and a crown or two. Then I found that a few roses that were growing well and so I am a little confused as to what is being done. Anyway I took a few cuttings (without remorse) and salvaged what I could. Among the roses torn out were 'Boule de Neige', 'Comte de Chambord' , Jacques Cartier', 'Belle de Crecy' and 'Rosa Mundi'. I don't know what I have, whether it will root nor if it will survive. I have not successfully rooted rose cuttings. Last year cuttings grew a few roots and then died over the winter in the garage. All are now resting in a 3 buckets of water with a little alfalfa thrown in and tomorrow I will put them in soil.
The news about Pickering was especially poignant coming the same day as these roses were from Pickering.