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Dianne's Southwest Idaho Rose Garden
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Initial post 5 days ago by Dianne's Southwest Idaho Rose Garden
Rose Listing Omission

Pearl of Niagra
Reply #1 of 1 posted 4 days ago by Patricia Routley
Thank you Diane. 'Pearl of Niagra' added.
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Initial post 8 MAR 06 by Rupert, Kim L.
Jack Harkness, in his wonderful book, Roses, describes this rose as...

"With iron resolution I have cut out many old friends, in order that this list be confined to the main stepping stones which mark the descent of roses, either genetically or in man's awareness, decade by decade. But, I am only human, and cannot be unfaithful to 'Polly'.

This lovely thing is like a well-filled 'Ophelia', plump bottomed but comely, sea-shell pale and full of sweet odours. If this sounds like one writing of his mistress, I may add that her limbs are smooth, and she ought to be well fed and cared for, being a tender thing..."

After reading this, I HAD to grow Polly.

In 1989, my mother became paraplegic and we had to move her into an assisted living facility. It took a while for us all to get used to the dramatic changes which were happening daily. One of mom's neighbors was a very lively, "with it", 84 year old retired nurse. The only reasons she retired were her knees and hearing went out on her. But, she still had all of her marbles and they were arranged by size and color!

Polly and mom took to one another immediately. Shortly, if you wanted to find one or the other, you'd have to check both apartments as they were always together, getting into some mischief or another. I'd begun bringing mom buckets of roses to keep her environment cheery and prevent her from missing her old garden, which had contained over 350 of my roses by the time she could no longer live there. The ritual had become as I recut them under water to make them last longer, I would quiz her on which rose was which. It was not only fun, but helped to get her mind off her newly encountered infirmity.

I often selected the roses I took someone to reflect something interesting or honorable about that person. As Polly was a nurse and she had been so helpful and good to my mother, I deliberately cut blooms of Harkness' "Samaritan", Fryer's "Inner Wheel" and "Polly". I intended to send a vase of the roses I felt suited her and honored her profession and her heart home with her. She was a Good Samaritan. "Inner Wheel" was named to honor a charitable society in Britain, and "Polly" bore her name, though she had it first!

As expected, mom and Polly were laughing themselves silly when I arrived at mom's apartment. As I began sorting the special blooms I had for her, I started explaining why I'd chosen these to grace her apartment. She expressed delight with each bunch and explanation. When I got to "Polly", her eyes brightened, and, as mom described it, she became quite rather "coquette-ish". That wonderfully beautiful, intensely fragrant, feminine bloom touched her. I don't think I could have chosen anything in the world to thank and honor her that would have been as touching as those blossoms of "Polly". I hit a home run.

Mom lived down the hall from Polly for several years after that. I brought fresh roses twice a week, and every time I brought them, a vase made its way down the hall to Polly's. If I goofed and forgot to make sure "her rose" was in her vase, she made sure my omission was corrected! I don't think a flower of "Polly" remained in mom's apartment for very long before it disappeared, only to magically reappear at Polly's. She'd ask how "her rose" was doing in the garden, and looked forward to its fragrance and charm on the appointed days I normally refreshed their roses.

Neither mom nor Polly are here now, and "Polly" is also a memory. One of these days, when I can give her what she deserves, "Polly" will come back home.
Reply #1 of 5 posted 21 DEC 12 by Dianne's Southwest Idaho Rose Garden
Kim, that story touched me deeply. I have a daughter who is exceptionally intelligent but disabled by mental illness, and she has found pleasure and comfort by learning the names of my roses, watching me work in them, and by occasionally on a good day by joining me to deadhead and cut roses for bouquets. Her name is Jennifer, and I look for any roses with the names "Jennifer" or "Jenny".

I am enchanted with the rose Polly, and can imagine your mom's friend being just as lovely. No doubt you and both Pollys added a heap of enjoyment to your mom's later years. Thanks for sharing that!
Reply #2 of 5 posted 21 DEC 12 by Rupert, Kim L.
Thank you Diane! I am so happy you enjoyed it. I now grow Polly again and am nursing my weak, own root plant along to get it mature enough to provide some buds in hopes of creating a decent garden plant from it. I'm delighted your daughter enjoys "playing in the roses" with you. What seems to be Jennifer's favorite color and type of rose? Maybe we can come up with a seedling she may like and you can give her the pleasure of naming her own rose? I don't have anything specifically in mind right now, but every once in a while, something worthwhile comes along which needs to find a name.
Reply #3 of 5 posted 21 DEC 12 by Dianne's Southwest Idaho Rose Garden
How kind of you to think of naming a rose for Jennifer! She would be humbled to know you even considered such a thing, as am I. As far as her preferences go, she seems attracted to the classic hybrid tea form with multiple colors and a nice fragrance (not much to ask, is it?), but even one of those categories would surely please her. She and I do have fun as I quiz her on the rose names. It helps me too, as it takes time after a large planting before I know in my head which rose is planted in what location.

I'm glad you have Polly again. Mine is also on its own roots and next summer will be the third year. I was hoping to see more flowers than I've seen as of yet. Are you saying that Polly doesn't do as well own-root? I'm getting the idea that happens sometimes, but I know next to nothing about grafting or propagation, though I'm hoping to learn.

I think your mom was fortunate to have such a caring and attentive son. As a mom I can imagine how special it would be to have more than weekly visits from a son, with gifts of roses he grew himself.
Reply #4 of 5 posted 4 MAY 13 by jmile
I have a beautiful florist HT named Jennifer that I got from Carlton's about 10 years ago. I can send you cuttings if you would like them.
Reply #5 of 5 posted 2 SEP by Michael Garhart
'American Honor', at least by the photos here, seems to be similar color. I grew it for about a decade. Loved it. Miss it. Easy to grow. Would grow it again if I could find it. About the perfect HT plant size too. No more than waist high, big blooms, good repeat, neato pastel blends of cream yellow, peach, soft copper, and salmon.
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This should really be rated zone 6. It has survived nearly 20 years with winters well below zero.
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Initial post 7 JUL by pminor
I love love love your pics!! So helpful when considering planting
Thanks for posting so many beautiful pics.
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