Monday, March 26, 2012

Rose

Two years ago I posted a picture of my blooming rose bush on Twitter and Lori at The Gardener of Good and Evil told me it was a Dr. Huey rose.  Dr. Huey is used most frequently as rootstock for other roses.  In fact, it's almost impossible to find a Dr. Huey rose in and of itself - most people end up with them when they prune their rose bush by cutting it to the ground thus cutting off the grafted part.  Now I'm beginning to wonder if another rose is coming up - the cane is much larger, the thorns are larger and the leaves are also much larger...so either the grafted rose is making a comeback or it's just the difference between drought year growth and water surplus growth...

Only time will tell, I suppose.  Though it would be kinda cool to have two different roses on the same bush...

2 comments:

Lancashire rose said...

It sounds that way but you may be in for a nice surprise. Hope so. Have you tried any roses grown on their own rootstock?

Ally said...

A few years back I dug up some roses to transplant them. There was an off-shoot with some roots that was clearly below the crown, so I cut it off and saved it. I was curious what it might be and if it would ever flower on it's own. It's in a pot and I'm still waiting for a flower to appear. This may be the year. Fingers crossed. Maybe it will be a Dr. Huey too.