Saturday, May 25, 2013

A Deal is a Deal

You may (or may not) remember when I told you about freezing my tail off in February as part of a garden club crew digging up the plants to rescue a fellow member's garden from certain destruction.  (Click HERE to see that post if you missed it.)  One of the plants I came home with that day was a rose, 'Rook', a relatively new Hybrid Gallica (once-bloomer) from Paul Barden.  I was given this rose in exchange for sharing photos of it when it flowered in the spring.  A deal is a deal, and here they are:

'Rook' is still in its pot (no surprise to those of you who know me well).  In spite of this, it is flowering profusely.  Each flower is magenta-grape-burgundy-purple, and the fragrance is heavenly!
I took one of the flowers with me last weekend, to show it to the rose friends that I was visiting.  All were amazed that it was a new hybrid.  ('Charles de Mills' x 'Chianti').
If its performance in the pot is any indication, 'Rook' is a winner!  I have already chosen its spot in the garden, and I hope to have it planted in the ground very soon.
(Thank you, Mark!)


  1. Always see things like this and deep in the DNA know that it won't like my zone blah blah blah.


    How will it do with rain, hot, humid, repeat,

    Somehow KNEW it was fragrant from the thumbnail !

    XO T

  2. Good grief this is gorgeous! Love the color so much!!

  3. Really pretty, Connie. So nice it smells good too.

  4. It's really, really beautiful, and I can see why you'd be so taken with it! I can almost smell "Rook" from here!

  5. Connie that is a gorgeous rose! Thanks for sharing with all of us! Rook is a winner!


  6. I've been trying a number of Barden's hybrids, but haven't yet purchased Rook. Now I have to!

  7. Look at the dense petals on this one... lovely!

  8. The color is amazing and so is the growth from the pot! I love the way the petals spiral and the center. I can not wait to find one!

  9. Wow, "Rook" looks indeed as a real winner, beautiful. I think it will be a strong rose too, may be we can get in the future in Europe too.

  10. I can almost smell the aroma from here!

    janet xox

  11. If the color is correct on the screen, that is GORGEOUS! Amazing, can't wait to see it. :)

  12. I have one of these from Rogue Valley. Did not bloom this first year, but it is almost 5 feet tall! It is very healthy too. Hoping for some blooms like yours next spring. :)


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