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August 2014

A Great Place to Buy Roses

On a summer road trip to Oregon I finally had a chance to visit Heirloom Roses.


My friend Mary Knowles, who I was traveling with, had recently mail ordered many roses from Heirloom for a large rose garden she designed for a California client. Mary was especially impressed by Heirloom's packaging and the high quality of their roses. I'd known about Heirloom for years and since the two of us were together, what could be more fun?






Nestled in beautiful Oregon countryside, Heirloom Roses has created a business aimed at fulfilling all our rose dreams and fantasies. From the beginning, founder John Clements wanted to know what we, the rose gardeners, wanted. If you follow the links in this text, you'll enter Heirloom's easy-to-use and well thought out website. All the info you need for growing perfect roses is at your fingertips!


Brenda burg rose



Heirloom has extensive display gardens where you can see the growth habit of the roses you are interested in. Needless to say, I was overwhelmed and when we found out that there would be a sale the following weekend, Mary and I decided to come back and bring my sister with us.




I ended up purchasing eight roses, at least five were on sale. I'm now the proud gardener of Aunt Honey, Folksinger, Country Dancer: roses that I will use especially for flower arranging; Rosy Cushion for ground cover in front of Hybrid Teas; Penny Lane to climb along my garage wall; Polka to climb in a perfect spot where I can see its amazing blooms; Louise Clements, because it is so unique in form and color, and because it was bred by John Clements for his wife; and Hawkeye Belle, an old favorite, and excellent shade rose, that I want to try in a sunnier spot in my garden.



If you follow the links to the roses that I purchased, you will come to printable pages with info about the rose. This is very helpful for planning where I will plant, and it's also ideal for my archives. My sister, Judy, who bought at least five more roses than I did, will find these pages very helpful.



Here we are with our treasures! My sister will be driving back to La Grande, and I'm heading for CA.



A few weeks before our Oregon trip, Mary told me that she had just received a rose order for her client from Heirloom, she asked if I might want to see how nicely it was packaged. Yes indeed, and I wanted to photograph it for you so that you will feel eager and confident to use this great rose resource. 



One more thing, this is number two of thirty-three greenhouses that Heirloom has– full of glorious roses for you and me to buy.


In recent years, many rose nurseries have gone out of business, so I'm especially happy to see a rose nursery that is thriving. There are more wonderful nurseries that I will be mentioning later, and I've recently updated my Rose Sources page.




Pastel and White Naked Lady Bouquet


Off in a corner, under a large shrub rose I noticed miracle of miracles– my Amaryllis Belladonna, otherwise known as White Naked Lady, was in bloom!



Thoughts of using this aqua container with pastel roses had been on my mind when serendipity kicked in, "Why not pick that exquisite creature?" Yes, I picked my one and only amaryllis stalk and began the bouquet in a very windy garden, and then finished it on the kitchen counter.





My friend Mary and I admired a whole row of these amaryllis in Barbara Worl's garden, and then one day a heavy package came in the mail. Inside were two of the huge bulbs! One for me and one for Mary. It's been in my garden for three years and has not yet multiplied. However, I'm exceptionally happy that it blooms! It's so odd how fresh leaves appear and then die, and then suddenly months later the flower stalk appears. I think I missed it altogether last year. Thank you so much Barbara! I'm especially happy to show it off here. And it is extremely fragrant!



You can actually buy White Amaryllis Belladonna bulbs on Amazon.



The three pale yellow roses you see in the bouquet are Windrush. I've had this rose for a number of years without really apprecitating it. Now I'm in love. Poulsen's Pearl, Escapade, Perl d'Or, Paul Bocuse (the most long lasting cut rose I know, but I wish it was a bigger shrub), and Duchesse de Brabant also make an appearance.


One aspect of serendipity to bear in mind is that you have to be looking for something in order to find something else.

~Lawrence Block




Mrs. Oakley Fisher Rose

A couple of weeks ago, I left for a 10-day jaunt to Oregon with the garden full of buds for its third bloom cycle. On my return, lucky me, blooming had just begun. 


Mrs. Oakley Fisher was looking so gorgeous, I cut most of her open blooms. Here she is on the kitchen counter with Paul Bocuse and Belle Story.



This shot is from the sparse side of the bucket.



Mrs. Oakley Fisher is a Hybrid Tea with graceful, elegant buds. Here's a diagram of sorts showing all her pretty parts.



I've always wanted to know who Mrs. Fisher was. On helpmefind, Patricia Routley posted an engraving of the woman and few words saying she was one of the first elected "lady" members of The National Rose Society Counsel, January 1921, in the UK.



 Bees adore her generous stamens.



In my garden, Mrs. Oakley Fisher is almost 6-feet high. She's pretty much disease resistant. The matching climber in the background is Crepescule.



Coming home to such beauty and the promise of so much more gave me a sense of profound gratitude. It was joyful to see my garden and its bounty with fresh eyes.


Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.

~Lionel Hampton