This would be a good time to point out the three reasons I like to get roses from Chamblee's. 1. They grow roses that grow well in my area and they are actively working with the Earth Kind Roses program to provide roses to the public which will be healthy and vigorous plants through out their lives. 2. Chamblee's provides roses grown on their own roots rather than grafted to another rose's rootstock. I believe this provides better plants for the long run. 3. They provide nice sized healthy plants at a very good price. At $8.95 or $11.95 for one gallon plants, I spent just over $80 and left there with 8 plants. They do provide 3 gallon plants which are much bigger, but I'm too cheap for that.
The roses I came home with show my unique and varied taste in roses. The first three are miniatures: Rise N Shine, Green Ice, and Sachet. I have had Green Ice before, but I think it did not survive the move. Rise N Shine is a very healthy yellow mini which I have not grow before. Sachet is a mauve/lavender miniature that has been around since 1985. The next two are sentimental picks Shreveport, whose orange blended color I enjoy and it will remind us of Clyde since he so enjoyed living in Shreveport. This year I am also adding a hybrid tea, which is something I have not done in a long time. Dolly Parton, is a hybrid tea whose fragrant and very large blossoms are something I have always been drawn to but have never grown before. With Shreveport and Dolly both sporting orange, I think I will put them on either side of the gate to the backyard and then flanked by the next roses. These roses are less upright, shrub roses that follow my love of purple/lavender roses and are Purple Rain and Twilight Zone. The orange and purple together may be too much, but it will be away from most of my other roses. I also added a David Austin rose I have not grown before Glamis Castle. I have not had good success with his white roses, but many people say that Glamis Castle is the best of these. I just want to give it another try, so here we go with Glamis Castle.
With the 22 roses I recently moved here, that puts us at 30 roses that will be brand new to our yard. This 30 does not include a couple I have ordered and will tell you about later, or the rose I was given by a beautiful young woman in our church or the seeding I found growing in my mother's garden. As I started moving the roses I noticed what was clearly a young rose sprouting up underneath the red miniature moss rose Unconditional Love. I will tell you much more about these as the season comes on, but for now, take a visit to Chamblee's Rose Nursery either on-line or in person. You will be glad you did.