Soft moss a downy pillow makes, and green leaves spread a tent,
Where faerie fold may rest and sleep until their night is spent.
The bluebird sings a lullaby, the firefly gives a light,
The twinkling stars are candles bright, Sleep, Faeries all, Goodnight.
---Elizabeth T. Dillingham "A Faery Song"

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen I Introduce to You the First Rose Blossom of 2010!

First a little background about me and roses.  About 3 years ago I had an interest re-kindled in heirloom roses.  I say re-kindled because I have always loved roses-- even as a child I have memories of them.  I just didn't know the differences between the heirlooms and the hybrid teas till recently.  I had all but given up on roses until I stumbled upon some people on the garden web who were chatting away about finding them in old home places, cemeteries and even roadsides.  Then the fever hit.  I started propagating in a simple mist system and had whopping success.  Even Glen has been hooked!  Every spring we combine our beloved back road drives with my passion.  I swear Glen can spot a stem with briars on it at 1000 yards!  I am not someone who simply MUST have an ID for every rose although you are welcome to tell me what you think I have. I just name them according to where I found them.  So it is for this posting.  I just know this rose was found in Alabama at Wesley Chapel church and cemetery.  It re-blooms all summer and is white with pink edges.  The blooms are small and not fragrant, the leaves are healthy all season.  It was near a grave from the 1940's. 

Here is the mother bush:

I'll be glad when the other roses join in-- but until then I'll enjoy the sweetness of these first blooms.


  1. A woman after my own heart. A wonderful find. Would you be interested in swapping cuttings of one of my found roses?

  2. I am always up for a swap. I'm not going to start my mist system until probably next weekend or so but after that I'll be ready. Is it this rose you're interested in or others? I can email you all my pics from last year if you'll send me your email.

  3. I don't know much about roses, but really enjoyed this post. Fun to imagine you and your husband scouting the countryside in search of stems with briars.

    Lady Wesley is stunning!


  4. How wonderful you are saving the roses one bush at a time! Beautiful Bloom :-)

  5. Jen~you have to come on over to my blog and check out one of my little beauties...it is a Knockout Rose. I also posted one of my Tulips...they didn't do well at all this year. maybe some are just a little slower than others...I can hope! xoxoxoxo Kelly