This plant has been in this location for four years. A couple of times during the year, I take canes and guide them toward the tree ... tying them in place where I can, hoping that they will continue to grow into the tree. Because the tree is green, and the canes are green, I cannot tell how successful I have been until the rose is blooming.
This year, I am overjoyed at the progress.
Do you see the pink flowers WAY up in the tree? Those canes have snaked through the branches seeking the sun, exactly the way they were supposed to. I had no idea that the rose had reached such heights already! This is so exciting!!
See how beautiful American Pillar is against the rough structure of the cedar tree?
Saturday, Mother Nature treated us to beautiful weather ... warm temperatures with a slight overcast throughout the day provided a perfect atmosphere to view and smell and photograph the roses. Many visitors brought their cameras with them, and I hope them left with photos they can be proud of.
Isn't American Pillar stunning??? These flowers are about 2 inches in diameter, and there are probably thousands of them on the plant.
Most of the visitors came with a shopping list, having visited the nursery web site ahead of time to weigh the pros and cons of the roses that I have in stock. Even with this type of thorough advance preparation, more than a few folks were tempted by American Pillar, and quite a few American Pillars left here on their way to new homes with beaming new owners.
There's a new cane coming emerging from the top of the pile! As soon as it gets a little longer, you can be assured that I will tie it to the tree so it can continue its journey to the top.