I honestly didn’t think Philip would know anything about it. But he did. He said I’d be lucky if it grew to be 3–4 feet tall in our climate (I was expecting 5–6 feet), and the blossoms, while very fragrant, in his experience turned brown very quickly. (I can’t speak for the height prediction, because I’ve had my “Blanc Double de Coubert” for a year only, and I expect it will really take off this spring—it’s budding now—but I can vouch for the fact that its beautiful, spicy-scented blossoms do turn brown quickly.)
I said, “All right, smartypants” (not really, but . . .). “What do you suggest?”
And then he suggested a few roses that I wrote down, illegibly as it turns out. I just found this list, and here’s what I can decipher.
Rose and lilac ideas from Philip:And the reason I’m thinking of Philip’s list now is because I’m re-reading Dean Riddle's Out in the Garden, and in it he praises Rosa glauca (not on Philip’s list, but a worthy rose nonetheless, sounds like).
- Gallica: Demille, Belle de Cressy
- Rugosa: Hausa, Sir Charles Lipton, Theresa Brugnet, Magnifica
- Damask: Ishbahan, Mme Hardy
- Preston hybrids are really good
- Tree lilac, Japanese, white, from the 1800s
So I Googled “Rosa glauca” and found High Country Roses, which looks like hardy rose heaven to me. I expect I’ll be spending a few hours this evening researching Gallicas, Rugosas, and Damasks, as well as Rosa glauca.
Anybody know anything about a white Japanese tree lilac from the 1800s? I’d ask Philip, but he hasn’t been back to church since last July.