Field Research

 This time of year is the opportune time to go hunting for old roses…..the kind that bloom for decades despite neglect, draught, wind, hail storms, blizzards…..you name it…..the kind I dream of filling our someday rose farm with. There are two places you can usually find them shining bright like diamonds in the rough, old cemeteries and older neighborhoods. This morning I decided to take a stroll  through a neighborhood I know well from doing home visits when I was a social worker. I have sat with many families on their front porches listening to their stories and have often wondered what is the story behind the roses that seem to give the homes a long desired hug with their long climbing, rambling canes. These roses are like ruby gems….pops of color..against these sleepy, worn houses. From what I have been able to gather and I am not a formal rosarian by any means, these dark red roses could very well be Dr. Huey roses first bred by Captain George C. Thomas in 1914 and introduced by Bobbink and Atkins in 1920. These roses are among the most common to be found among abandoned gardens and lots. They were widely planted in the 1940's when the Great Depresssion ended and the war was over. Dr. Hueys feature around 15 cup shaped petals and when open show a cluster of bright yellow stamens in the center. Once they put on their brilliant show they are done, often losing their foliage to a common rose disease known as black spot. Though their performance is short, blooming in late Spring, their encore will never cease to amaze again and again.  Information on these roses was gathered from www.hedgerowrose.com/rose-gardening/2011/06/08/growing-dr-huey/rose . You can also read more about this special rose there. If any of you have any more information on these roses please feel free to share. 

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