A Rose For Mother’s Day

My grandmother and mother grew this rose and every spring I look forward to its appearance in my own garden. The rose of my childhood, my family used to wear this rose each year on Mother’s Day Sunday.

Virgie's Old-fashioned Rose

Virgie’s Old-fashioned Rose

It was Virgie, my mother’s first cousin and my gardening mentor, who passed along this rose to me, soon after I was married. The rose grew at my previous Wave Road garden and when we moved a few miles away to our current location, my daughter valiantly helped me fight thorns and dig roots so we could bring the rose to our new home.

[I shared a piece with my daughter when she and her new husband moved into their own home, one of many things that did not fit into the back of a station wagon when they later moved to California—yet I loved that she grew it for a time.]

VIrgie's Old-fashioned Rose

VIrgie’s Old-fashioned Rose

Virgie contributed not only this rose, but numerous other things that still thrive in my garden: Dusty Miller, Tradescantia (Spiderwort), Phlox divaricata (Woodland phlox), Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant), Spiraea prunifolia (bridal wreath spiraea).

Other plants I have had to replace, but that she taught me to love are Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’, Lychnis coronaria (Rose Campion) and Dianthus barbatus (Sweet William).

One I regret leaving behind is Calycanthus fluorides (Carolina spicebush, eastern sweetshrub). Several gardens on last week’s garden tour featured sweetshrub.

So, anyway a tribute to family and to a family rose on Mother’s Day.

Virgie's Old-fashioned Rose

Virgie’s Old-fashioned Rose

27 thoughts on “A Rose For Mother’s Day

  1. Christina

    Happy Mother’s Day Susie; it is Mother’s Day here in Italy too today; the day is celebrated in the UK during lent; I don’t know why it should be different, there it is usually daffodils that are given and received. Your rose is beautiful and the story behind it lovely.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Christina. I have two or three daffodils blooming, but roses are much easier to find this time of year around here. This weekend the garden has been magical, with everything in full bloom.

  2. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    What a special story, and I appreciate your sharing the beautiful photos on this holiday. Happy Mother’s Day to you too. The flower blooming in my garden right now is Bleeding Hearts, and if I could, I’d attach a photo here just for you. 🙂

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      My father made a fanned, wooden trellis for my mother’s rose that I just loved as a child. I should look for something similar. Thanks Kris!

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Donna, I treasure having flowers like this to remember people by. It’s such a welcome visit when they bloom each spring.

  3. johnvic8

    I had a “Sweetheart” rose in my Chapel Hill garden that came from a cutting from cutting from my grandmothers. Family flowers are so special.

  4. rickii

    Beautiful rose to go with some beautiful sentiments. Calycanthus has been at its very best this week, and flying out of the nursery.

  5. P&B

    Such a beautiful rose. Happy belated Mother’s Day. Sorry, it’s a little late. I’ve been busy at work lately hence a wide gap between each reading and blogging.


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