Thursday, November 6, 2008

Imperfect Peace

Rosa 'Peace'

I planted this rose earlier this year, for sentimental reasons. Thirty-three years ago it was the first rose I purchased for the garden I established when I bought a new home. I knew nothing about roses at the time, but I wanted to try my hand at growing a few. I chose it because I liked its color and large flower. It didn't have much of a fragrance, but since I also had 'Mr. Lincoln', I didn't need more fragrance!

When I wanted to have something in my garden besides desert plants, I decided to try roses again, so I purchased 'Peace' and Mr. Lincoln, along with five other hybrids. This is the first rose from this bush, and although it is not a perfectly shaped flower, I'm glad to have it, lopsided or not.

This time around, I'm far more interested in rose care and history than I was all those years ago. I've learned that this hybrid tea is the most famous rose of all time and is popular worldwide. It is hardy, reliable and has been around as long as I have. It was first introduced in 1945. This is the yellow blend. It also comes in a pink blend. Each rose has up to fifty petals.

10 comments:

Ashraf shreif said...

my frist rose is pink color,
nice rose in your hose ,you have many plants in your garden

Dee said...

It is beautiful! My roses are not doing a thing this fall- I can only figure I cut them back wrong. :(

beckie said...

Perfect or not, Aiyana, she is beautiful. I didn't know Peace came in 2 colors. Rose gardening takes a lot of work, but the rewards are glorious blooms. Good luck in your new gardening effort!

Lythrum said...

I think that the roses that aren't perfect are my favorite, they seem to have more character than the perfect ones do. Very pretty!

Julie said...

I love roses, but have not the best of luck with them. This one is pretty. I had one called Garden Party that I adored...maybe you could find one of those...they are white with a blushing faint pink edge...just gorgeous!

Lancashire rose said...

Hardy and reliable! That's my kind of rose. Lovely color.

Ginni said...

I planted a Peace rose for the first time last year. I like it, the blooms are so big!

Kylee said...

My mom said 'Peace' was the first rose she ever planted. She doesn't have one now (she's moved three times since she had it), but she said it's one of her favorites. I've seen the 'Chicago Peace,' which is probably the pinkish one you're talking about. I love both of them!

kate smudges said...

What a lovely rose! I like the idea of planting for sentimental reasons. It's a constant reminder of good moments from the past.

Barbara said...

I planted this famous rose for the same reasons as you but it wasn't very happy in my garden. After four years it suddenly started to have less and less flowers und finally dissapeared. I didn't buy a new one up to now. Perhaps I should have another go.