Sombreuil Roses

These are antique roses that are extremely thorny white climbers.  I put in a couple at our old house, and didn’t dig them up to take with us when we sold the place and moved.  Other than their nasty thorns, they’re well behaved, easy to tie and train, not susceptible to disease, and are tough as nails in our crummy native rocky clay soil.  I never really had to trim anything off them besides a stray branch or two that didn’t survive winter.  A spray bottle with dilute Murphy’s Oil Soap did the trick to get rid of any aphids on them.  They’re as maintenance free as roses get — well, cultivated ones, anyway, as opposed to the invasive wild ones.

I miss the Sombreuils I used to have, so I ordered a couple from a place in TX that specializes in antique roses.  Fall is not my favorite time of year to plant roses, but they will have time to root in before they go dormant.  Technically, fall is still three weeks away, but the vendor won’t ship them here before mid-September, and it might take another week after that for delivery (UPS Ground).

As much as I love roses, I couldn’t really think of a good place to plop them in the ground, where they’d get enough sun, but not impede lawn mowing, until recently.  It was a *headdesk* moment.  Why did I not think of that place years ago?  It’s perfect.  And, it’s close to the house where I can see easily see them, just looking out the sun porch’s windows.

I also love Reine des Violettes old garden roses, and would like to put in one here, but finding a place tucked in a corner that would still give it enough sun is a bit of a challenge.  Those are almost thornless, and are supposed to be shrubby, but I’ve grown them vertically on/in a pillar, by not cutting them way back every spring.  They’re a pleasant shade of pinkish-purple, and smell wonderful.

Roses are my second favorite to orchids.  But, in my USDA zone, most orchids are indoor plants, and roses are best grown outdoors — even the miniature ones that come in pint sized containers within cachepots for gift giving.  Plant them outside, and they will bloom again for years to come.  Orchids come in all sorts of crazy botanical nomenclature, and run the gamut of looks, but all roses look like roses, and fall under “rosa.”  When my 5″ thick American Horticultural  Society encyclopedia fails me, I can look up damn near anything online.

I await those Sombreuils with the sort of drooling a dog does when it thinks it’s going to get a piece of bacon.

On a completely different subject, we took our longhair cat in this morning for her annual checkup, and distemper combo vaccination.  She’s 12, so she was given a 3-year shot, instead of the usual one year one.  She was not due for her rabies vaccine, and won’t be next year, either.  We’ll bring her back in a year for her annual checkup, anyway, even if we don’t notice anything in the meantime that is concerning.

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