Banquet Piece, Pieter Claez

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Old Roses

Already dog-eared...
Just returned from the National Heirloom Expo 2015. Heirloom plants and heritage breed animals. Piles of squash and rows of tomatoes. Very cute big and little piggies, bronze age goats. Lots of interesting thought-provoking speakers (and some really out-there speakers). Good food and good music.

Talked to the Heritage Rose Group people who had some booklets and some old roses for sale.

There are many people who call themselves "Rose Rustlers" who (very politely) find and propagate old roses found in cemeteries, homesteads, and old houses.

Initially, I was drawn to their booth because I'm looking for the Niles Cochet rose that was introduced by the California Nursery Company in 1906. However, I'm also interested in old roses because many are very drought tolerant and some might provide edible petals and rose hips.

This little booklet, "Rose Rustling" Discovery, Propagation, and Identification of "Lost" Roses, A Tradition of Preservation", is chock full of information.

On thing that needs to be done with rustled roses is to identify them. I've folded their suggestions into my references with other useful references found along the way.



Books suggested by Rosalind Creasy

  • Rosa Rugosa, Suzanne Verrier
  • The Rose Bible, Rayford Clayton Reddell 
  • Landscaping with Antique Roses, Liz Druitt and G. Michael Shoup.

Edible Roses

  • Not all roses are tasty! Rosalind Creasy, Edible Landscaping, has suggestions for better than average tasting roses.  Some of her rose suggestions are heritage. For rose hips: Eglantine and Rugosa roses ('Alba', 'Frau Dagmar Hastrupp', 'Hansa', and 'Belle Poitevine'). Her suggestions for edible flowers: 'Belinda' (hybrid musk, candying), 'Graham Thomas', 'Carefree Delight', 'Gertrude Jekyll', 'Julia Child', 'Tiffany', 'Double Delight', 'Flower Carpet Pink'



Places to visit old roses


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