This is the rose I hope to see in my garden next June. It’s called Electron … it is just that bright … and it smells heady and heavenly.
This is more likely what I will see in its place next year:
I was seduced by the “sale” email I received from Heirloom Roses. I admit it. I ordered two Fragrant Cloud roses, and only one Electron (I was a little leery … I planted one years ago and it shuddered and died. I’m using hyperbole, but actually, it was worse than that. It reverted to its pre-Electron rootstock. Oh, the horror! These are “own root” roses, so there will be no hereditary backsliding this time.)
But what kind of rose seller ships their roses in JULY?!?!
Rose sellers who are hawking them in sale emails, I now know.
So I spent many hours this weekend digging and hacking and sweating. I needed to move two unlucky shrubs away from the back door so that I could install the new roses there instead, where they will purr their perfume at me every time I go into the back yard next June.
I have assembled and positioned high-tech shading devices beside each baby rose. One is called a garbage can. It casts a nice big shadow. The other two are chairs with rugs hanging over their backs, also creating instant shade.
Of course, now I need some kind of automatic rotating device to follow the sun’s passage. Yes, that would be me driving home on my lunch hour to lovingly reposition each source of shade.
You don’t spend hours sweating over new roses – new members of the family! - only to burn them up the very next day.
Good luck to us all!