All these luscious roses grow in my garden and were purchased at Vintage Gardens. This renowned mail-order nursery, owned by Gregg Lowery, is located in Sebastopol, California. Rare, antique, hard-to-find, and modern roses are included in the Vintage Gardens nursery collection. More than three thousand cultivars make the collection the largest in the world.
I'm ever grateful for this unique nursery, but gratitude can't keep a business afloat during these challenging economic times. On October 31st, Gregg Lowery sent out a newsletter stating that Vintage Gardens would be scaling back production in the future.
In Gregg's words copied directly from the newsletter: The
very good news for today is that Vintage Gardens is extremely
well-stocked with roses, most of which will not see a return to our
inventory for many years to come. We hope this will help you to make
the easy choice between a latté on monday morning and a lifetime with a
rose in your garden, and in your heart.
To take advantage of this rare opportunity, download the availability lists on the Vintage Gardens home page.
Vintage Gardens also has a catalog (only $15.00) that is one of my favorite rose research tools. It's invaluable, not only for its three thousand rose descriptions, but also for its rose lineage information. And the line drawings, showing shrub size in relation to human figures, have helped countless times in my rose planning.
'Perle d'Or', the last rose photograph in the group above, has the #5 growth habit.
The Unknown Rose
Gregg got back to me right away; it's not a Poulsen rose after all. This is 'Opal Brunner', a Polyantha Climber bred by O. C. Marshall in 1948.
F L I C K R
All the roses in this post are in my Flickr Rose Faces Set. I added more roses to the set recently, and thought it might be a good idea to post the Flickr Tips for you again. Most of the roses, and all the rare ones, in the group are in the Vintage Gardens collection.
When you click on a rose picture (in the flashing flickr box), in the sidebar at the left of the post, above, you’re taken to that rose’s flickr page, which has a number of choices– starting from the top right at my picture:
- If you click on my pic, you’ll be at home page. Don’t go there at this point.
- The “Carolyn Parker’s photostream” thumbnails are all the pictures I’ve loaded to flickr; some are not roses. Don’t go there yet either.
- The next set of thumbnails “Rose Faces (Set)” are where I’d like you to experiment. If you click on a picture, you can see the roses one-at-a-time, and the captions, and helpmefind links.
- If you click on the little screen icon where it says, “__ items,” the slide show will begin. Before you click, get the popcorn or a cup of tea . . .
- See where it says “Tags” in pale gray? Try clicking on a rose color, say “peach rose,” you’ll be taken to a page that shows all the peach roses in the set. How great is that?
- Now, click on the title (also in pale gray) that says “Rose Faces (Set).” Voila, there they all are.
- Last but not least, simply placing the curser on a rose in the set grid, will flash the rose's name.