Thanks to Kent Swanson of Organic Rose Gardening, I discovered a whole site devoted to the rose hybridizing work of Griffith Buck. Dr. Buck developed roses that were pretty hardy (definitely to Zone 5, and often to Zone 4) and disease resistant. I thought he bred them for fragrance, as well, but I wasn’t sure about that. So I googled and discovered the Sam Kedem Nursery in Minnesota. I’ve had my eye on ‘Country Dancer‘ ever since White Flower Farm featured a very glamorous photo of it in their catalog (they no longer carry it) but now that I’ve seen ‘Chorale,’ I feel myself wavering. Of course, we all know the perfect solution to this dilemma: get both! (And I found out that while many Griffith Buck roses are fragrant, not all are.)
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
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