I removed my three damaged trumpeter roses today, with heavy heart, as their roots were damaged by gophers, resulting in stunted growth and abnormal leaves. I’ve been the lucky caretaker of these roses for two years. I thought that perhaps with enough water, rose food, and tender loving care, they’d return to normal, but this was not to be.
Picking replacement roses was no easy task, as anyone who has ever visited a well-stocked nursery will tell you. Today, I went on a field trip to my local nursery. Each rose was more beautiful than the last, and there were easily over 100 choices! The rose I selected was Golden Celebration, a David Austin English rose. I have other English roses (see my previous posts) – I think they’re really special. This rose impressed me with its exquisite color, its sweet fragrance, and beautiful curves, not to mention its large petal count, characteristic of English roses. It is also one of the largest flower English roses available, so its floral displays are simply dramatic. The photos presented here are two flowers on one plant (I’d purchased 2 – the other one has flower buds that have not yet opened – I can’t wait!).
Interestingly, after I’d planted the roses, I came upon the David Austin Roses website and was happily surprised to see that the Golden Celebration rose was its current featured rose (http://www.davidaustinroses.com/english/Advanced.asp?PageId=1893). Please see their website for even more beautiful photos and information about this gorgeous flower! It also is a very good website to get information on English roses in general, including rose care.