Initially European immigrants to the Atlantic coast of North America tried to gain some control over new weather patterns & geography by creating physical spaces to meet their basic needs for shelter, food, family, health, & safety. Most continued to grow plants for food, but farm fields often became export enterprises. In the 18-19C, many gentry turned their gardens into art attempting to project a desired image to others - their wealth, power, refinement, beliefs, & knowledge.
Friday, May 17, 2019
Blooming Today in the Mid-Atlantic - Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
‘Old Blush’ China, which appears in silk paintings dating to 1000 AD, remains one of the finest of the old garden shrub roses. Also called Parson’s Pink China & Pink Monthly, it became a parent of the Noisette Class of roses when it crossed with the European Musk Rose in the Charleston, SC, garden of John Champneys sometime after 1802.
Single moss rose (Rosa muscosa simplex), an 1807 Jefferson-era variety with deep pink flowers on an upright shrub.
Rosa ‘Belle Vichyssoise’ is a climbing Noisette rose, hybridized in 1858, with good reblooming qualities & medium fragrance.