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.
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