Friday, April 11, 2014

Bittersweet

Earlier this week, I received what is probably my last order of roses from Vintage Gardens.  Old rose enthusiasts know Vintage as the source of so many rare and  wonderful roses ... including many of the roses that I treasure in my own garden.  Vintage is in the final stages of closing its operations, which began in 1983.  

The box that I received contained two roses.



This one is 'Frances Ashton' (1937), a dark pink, single Hybrid Tea that I have wanted for a long, long time.



This one is a climber, 'W. Freeland Kendrick' (1920) ... new to me, and I am excited to see what it will do in the garden.



These little baby own-root roses, in their band-sized pots, will be big roses by the end of the season.

I get sad when I think of not having Vintage and their wonderful roses available for sale.  They are not closed yet, though.  There are still some great selections left in their inventory ... give them a look and see if there are any that you are tempted to order for your garden.

7 comments:

  1. I ordered from them last fall and my roses included three of the French, imported roses (from 2010). I received Frederic II de Prusse HC, Mme. Lierval HP, and Mme. de Stael a "mossy HP". I have no idea how to pronounce any of them!

    It IS sad that Vintage Gardens will no longer sell roses. It seems like I just have discovered them!

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  2. At least you were able to get something you were wanting. Wonder if anyone had those same feelings when you closed up shop?

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  3. This is sad. I hope they're only closing so they can retire and spend more time with their gardens.

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  4. Sad, but you got some gorgeous roses to add to your garden! Hugs!

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  5. I am looking forward to see these roses flowering in your garden!

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  6. Somehow, the words "single" and "hybrid tea" don't fold well into my mind. But W. Freeland...there's a rose I can get behind.

    I'm with you about Vintage. Fewer and fewer places to find these old treasures....anyone with a rare rose needs to make sure they give it attention and keep it alive...someday these will come back around again. I hope.

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  7. It is always sad to see businesses like that close, isn't it? I am glad you were able to get a few roses- xo Diana

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