Saturday, February 27, 2016
New Old Roses
Without making a long and tragic tale out of it, I had grown the Common Moss for years in my previous garden until, with a good many other plants, it was torn up by the roots as a result of one day's devestating misunderstanding of directions with our then lawn care specialist. Although I attempted to replant some things, many were lost, including my moss rose. The whole incident was quite upsetting, many plants went unreplaced, and I never really regained my excitement over the garden until I moved here and began anew.
The Common Moss (also known as "Communis") has remained in my memory as the one rose which I most wished to grow again. Its small, richly quartered blooms, powder pink, filled early summer with the sweetest fragrance.
Despite my own enthusiasm, however, I've had difficulty finding old rose specialists that still grow it. But back in January I discovered High Country Roses of Denver, CO, with an excellent reputation on Dave's Garden.com. I went over to HCR's site and found the Common Moss available in their list for this season; I promptly decided to place my order. Happily, they were able to ship in good time for low desert planting, despite the seasonal differences between Phoenix and Denver.
So Communis will once again be part of my garden, sited at the east end of the Rose Border. I must clear this spring's crop of mallow weeds to make the extension, but that will be easier with this wonderful plant waiting!