When good names roses die...

nippstress - zone 5 NebraskaDecember 15, 2013

Several years ago, I was lamenting the death of yet another rose in my yard, as I was still getting the hang of growing roses. As I dug up the remains and pulled out the name tag, I remember thinking, "Oh well, no more Hope for Humanity". Egad, what a depressing thought!

I know we've had conversations about roses you might buy just for the name, but that makes it all the more treacherous when they die. Just think of it - "New Day is over". "Beloved has gone". "No more Great Rosarians of the World". "I'll just have to live in a world without Love". "I gave Peace a chance, but it was an utter failure. World Peace is dying too". All of these apply to my yard over the years.

And there are endless possibilities with celebrity named roses. How would non-gardening friends react when you calmly tell them, "I killed Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant, LeeAnn Rimes, and Paul McCartney, all in the same bed" (I did, by the way).

So what do you think - which roses had better not die in your yard or there will be dire consequences for you or the rest of the world? Just think of the responsibility we all have as rose gardeners (smile). Oh, and by the way, you will be happy to know that there is now once again Hope for Humanity (at least in my yard).


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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

If you told people you killed all those people in the same bed it may raise an eyebrow and have numerous XXX sites contacting you...

Thankfully there is Hope for Humanity again....


    Bookmark   December 15, 2013 at 8:52PM
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canadian_rose(zone 3a)

ROCK & ROLL is dead!!!!!!

Still alive in my garage - but kinda funny.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2013 at 9:03PM
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"Falling in Love" was a total disaster.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2013 at 10:03PM
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nanadollZ7 SWIdaho(Zone 7 Boise SW Idaho)

Heaven on Earth has left us, and no Sweetness remains. For the Party Dress of Miss Alice has split a seam, and so shall never see a New Dawn, as Pink Traviata dances away. (Yikes...this wins the Bulwer-Flytten prize for worst opening sentence in a new novel, or some such). Diane

    Bookmark   December 15, 2013 at 11:57PM
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Golden Showers worked out wonderfully in one bed, but failed miserably in another.


    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 12:35AM
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This is something of a tangent, but there is a rose I always run across while exploring Heirloom's website called Oregon Trail. Probably widely considered an innocuous historical reference title, but every time I see it, I have a Pavlovian response. The first thing that immediately pops into my head is, âÂÂYou have died of dysentery."

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 5:18PM
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Seriously tempted, but decided that I just could not bring myself to grow Anne Boleyn. If I do, I would have to prune it, and, heaven forbid, deadhead it. Being beheaded once is enough for anyone.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 10:55PM
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petaloid(SoCal 10a/24)

My 'Perfect Moment' was over in the blink of an eye.
The neighbors' big boy jumped over our fence and landed feet first, breaking it off at the base.

After serving, for many years, as a haven of salvation for my eyes and nose, 'Graceland' is no more.
Lord, have mercy on my soul.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 11:34PM
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canadian_rose(zone 3a)

Beheading Anne Boleyn again!! I never would have thought of that. Yikes!

    Bookmark   December 20, 2013 at 1:09AM
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Haha, Carol. If I did grow AB and it dies, it might be actually be both a relief to AB and me ....

    Bookmark   December 20, 2013 at 9:06AM
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Kippy(SoCal zone 10. Sunset Zone 24)

My Sterling Silver is missing. Gone with out a trace

    Bookmark   December 20, 2013 at 11:07AM
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Funny creative post!

    Bookmark   December 20, 2013 at 9:27PM
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