Having served as a United Methodist Minister for the past 22 years, I am more than aware of one reality that Methodist are often known for; our pastors move. United Methodists follow an "apostolic", meaning "sent", form of pastoral assignment. That is, we are sent to serve a congregation by a "General Superintendent" of the church otherwise known as the Bishop. Regions of the country are divided into conferences of which we are members, and we are assigned or appointed within the conference - Oklahoma in my case. For the past four years I have served the United Methodist Churches in Prague and Arlington. I have enjoyed our time together very much. It hasn't always been easy but it has been four very good years and we have seen many accomplishments during this time. So as you have probably already figured out from my lead in, I am being appointed to serve a new church this year. This will take place in early June, which (for relevance to this blog) is a prime time in rose season.
Previous times when I have moved, I have left rose gardens behind and I will be leaving many roses this year. However, I am going to try to take several roses with me this year. My plan is to trim and transfer a large number of my roses to our new home with a couple of month stop in my mother's garden. I started with my "Rev Recommends" but could not limit myself to only those roses. I hope in the next week to finish my list of roses to transfer and to trim them in preparation for the first of two moves, one in the spring and one in the summer. I am always happy to leave rose bushes for new residents, but I don't want my hobby to become their burden, or for them to whack them down and mow them over.
I have some duplications, which will allow for taking one and leaving one, and I have some year old plants which will transplant easily. I also have some that will not be hard to leave behind although that number is small. Here are the ones I am certain I will take with me. Take a look at the list of Roses I Grow and let me know which one you would take, leave, or come back and get a cutting to start a new bush next year. I know it seems crazy to think about moving this many roses, but it seems harder to think about not growing them or replacing them with new orders.
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Jude The Obscure
William Shakespeare 2000
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Moore's Striped Rugosa