"Viscountess of Kern"
early Hybrid Tea
Back from the tender breezes of Southern California where I shared my outlandish notions of pruning, or not pruning, with a wonderful crowd of folks from the Ventura County Rose Society and the Gold Coast Heritage Roses Group, I find myself looking at the garden and thinking of this—roses in the full first flush of May. I know I'm getting ahead of myself, all the while I am getting behind. But, it is the fresh blush of such perfect roses as this old Hybrid Tea, this mystery rose once distributed by the Joseph Kern Nursery of Ohio, that fuels my energy for winter work. The Kern nursery had labeled it Viscountess Folkestone which we have subsequently found to be the name of another, very lovely old rose. But this gem, foundling that it is, remains a neglected mystery that I have convinced few rose lovers to grow. One of the earliest HTs, by my guess, it has the subtlety and crispness of the Ophelia group, and that perfect blending of Tea rose and Hybrid Perpetual. I can't resist it.
Tomorrow I will remove our first survey, 'How Many Roses Do You Have to Prune?', and replace it with a new survey...stay tuned. Meanwhile, if you haven't chimed in, let us know what your challenge is. And this week I have scheduled myself for the earnest work of completing the first thousand roses. On day 60 I'll need to make that mark, or fall perilously behind.
Hand is working again, knee is bending, and I've made some beginning swipes at the chalkboard. Let me know how you are doing with your pruning; just post a comment after this log entry. There are others out there who want to know they're not alone. And, if you're one of those who have thousands of roses to prune, let me know. I'm dying of curiosity, and misery loves company!