The new year rolled in, and so have quite a number of seed/plant catalogs. This annual offering of seeds and plants seems to sustain me during these dreary winter months that keep us indoors wishing for the warmth of bright sunshine on our faces. I pour over each book, thinking of ways to include flowers into my garden as I impatiently await springs arrival.
I was surprised to receive a new Jackson & Perkins catalog last week. I was under the impression that they were down for the count, due to a bankruptcy filing last year. I had assumed that this wretched economic state that we are all in had done them in, and they would soon close their doors forever. Which would be very very sad to me. They are a company that in past years, held the banner of rose gardening high and encouraged gardeners everywhere to participate in showing our "National Floral Emblem" to its fullest potential. I am elated to be corrected. From the looks of their spring offering, it seems that J & P not only has a catalog full of beautiful roses, they may also be staged for a comeback! As I browsed the catalog a few times, three introductions really stood out:
"Always and Forever" - Hybrid Tea is a beautiful red rose and was selected as J & P's "2011 Rose of the Year". It reminds me of the award winning "Veteran's Honor". I never attend a rose show that I don't see this rose on the winners table. "Always and Forever" seems to have show potential. Time will tell....
"Crescendo" - Hybrid Tea this rose has been named to honor the Nashville Symphony. This rose is said to have a high center "that offers large blooms that spiral open to reveal harmonious shades of cream and soft pink." The Nashville Rose Society was instrumental of the creation of the "Nashville Music City Rose Garden" in downtown Nashville, just across the street from the Symphony Hall. This garden features many roses named for Country Music Stars, their songs and their musical journeys. If you ever visit Nashville, I hope you will do two things, visit this garden and walk around the corner to visit the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
"Shazam" - Floribunda - Two things I love in a rose: great color and fragrance. This rose seems to have it all. I love the color combination of this rose and hope that it will live up to its promise with a spicy fragrance and super bloom power...... (This is my wife's favorite. No need to guess which one we are ordering.....LOL)
Photo Credit: Jackson & Perkins Roses