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Excelsa  rose photo courtesy of member Palustris
Discussion id : 66-492
most recent 22 AUG 12 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 21 AUG 12 by Jay-Jay
This rose is eating the flag. And when I combine the comments on this rose, with this picture of Your porch....
it looks like visitors aren't welcome ; )
Reply #1 of 4 posted 21 AUG 12 by Palustris
Don't believe everything you read from anonymous posters. The plant in this photo is many decades old and possibly an original plant from Walsh. As you can see it has not been periodically cut to the ground, but has been carefully pruned so as to stay mostly confined to the trellis. When a rambler gets this old it can be a challenge to keep it looking good, but this home owner certainly makes the effort.
Reply #2 of 4 posted 21 AUG 12 by Jay-Jay
Yes, it is looking superb!!! I referred to: "It was the rose that was planted on railroad banks to keep folks off the tracks". But I posted it with a wink. This-one isn't at Your porch?
I also let my ramblers ramble.
Reply #3 of 4 posted 21 AUG 12 by Palustris
I don't think that they were planted to keep people off the tracks. 'Excelsa' roses are planted along the railroad tracks here on Cape Cod too. I read, possibly in one of Mike Walsh's catalogs, that they are used to hold the bank in place, e.g. to prevent erosion.

I came across the rose in the picture on a rose rustling trip to the Falmouth, MA area. This rose is only a couple of dozen miles from where M. Walsh had his rose nursery. There are many wonderful examples of his roses in the area. This house happened to have the most photogenic rambler.
Reply #4 of 4 posted 22 AUG 12 by Jay-Jay
Thank You for Your explanation!
That sounds like a friendlier use of this beauty. And ramblers normally root easily. So holding the bank in place and preventing erosion sounds plausible.
And yes, this rose was caught wonderfull on Your photo!
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