A RED, RED ROSE
O MY Luve ‘s like a red, red rose
That ‘s newly sprung in June:
O my Luve ‘s like the melodie
That’s sweetly play’d in tune!
As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I:
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry:
Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.
And fare thee weel, my only Luve,
And fare thee weel a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho’ it were ten thousand mile.
The rose featured in this post is Velvet Fragrance. It got its name from the strong sweet smell that this rose has. The picture does not show it well, but this is a bright red rose. This plant was not my choice, but my son’s. He kept on choosing the red ones from the catalogue. I prefer the sunset and yellow varieties.
This is its second year in the garden and this is the first time that I saw a proper bloom. No, there is no such thing as an ‘improper’ bloom 😉 but last year’s flowers did not look anything like this bloom does. So far, it has resisted black spots and other rose menace. I wonder how this will do for the rest of the season. We are in Zone 6. So if you are in the same zone or even warmer, you can have this in your garden. Oh, this was an own-root plant, i.e., it was not grafted into another root stock. That means that you do not have to worry about your rose turning into something else in the course of its life, which may happen with bare-root plants. Own-root plant is also said to be sturdier than its bare-root counterparts.
There is a belief that roses really take off in their third year. I look forward to what this rose will do next season.