So what is this post about ? .. "A funny thing happened to a gardener ..." A gardener who said she didn't like Austin roses .. the structure didn't suit her requirements ? ..
Then POW ! .. just by accident she leaned over one in a garden center and caught a whiff of Shakespeare's SCENT .. it was a truly profound experience .. have you ever smelled something that drove you straight back to childhood in a good way ? wink wink
When I was a child and we were living on the very east, of the east coast, my father planted a wild rose shrub on the corner of our well kept lawn .. and it was WILD ! thorns galore ... but the scent was totally intoxicating .. I would suffer any thorn to snip one of those beauties to carry the poor thing with me all day ..
So .. that DID it for me .. no matter what this Austin rose looked like .. it was coming home with me and I was going to sniff it's roses as many times as I could .. it was too good to be true : )
Thus William Shakespeare 2000
It morphs into different shapes .. more than I ever expected ! It truly is a beauty : )
So .. the "war" part ? .. well, I was avoiding roses for the most part .. aphids, black spot, rust, powdery mildew .. any one who has grown roses knows what I am talking about .. roses need lots of TLC to look good and stay healthy. I have been trying to keep plants that would be low level care and worry .. but some times you just have to throw your ideas and rules out the window when a plant grabs you.
I want to smell that amazing scent that I did as a child .. I want to see these two beauties grow together .. I want a few of my very own roses in a vase in my house. So watch out what rules you set for yourself with your garden .. you are bound to break them no matter how strong you think you are !