Thursday, October 20, 2011

Homere ~ Tea Rose ~ introduced 1858

Good morning Friends ~ In my last post, I showed a picture of my sweet rose Homere. I bought this many years ago from two ladies in GA, who had a rose nursery and sold online.  One of the reasons why I bought this rose is because it is small and can be grown in a container. 

One of my commenters for last post asked if it might not be Honore.  I Honore, and while they have similar coloring, they are two different roses.

Also when I bought this rose and a few others, I was and still am, interested in the old garden roses and this is one of them. They are more hardly than the modern roses, and fit my cottage style garden better.

Here is a link to Homere which can be found at Old Roses and Beyond a wonderful website by Paul Barden.

I love roses, but especially the old garden roses.  I love their fullness, their shapes, colors and scents. I have lost some due to drought conditions, and other things, and sure do miss them. I ache when I lose a rose. I’ve not bought any in a few years now as they are not a priority in this economy.  I take cuttings of what I have and hope they root, not all do. (Looking through photos for pics of this particular rose, I saw several that I no longer have and my heart cries at the loss. But oh the joy their pictures give me after they are gone.)

It takes about three years for a rooted cutting to really take off and once this cutting does, I plan to take more cuttings, hoping a couple more will root to add to our gardens.

Here are some pictures of Homere over the years here at Plum Cottage gardens.

Feb. 2010



March 2010


June 2009



July 2009


Sept. 2009


Feb. 2008


Oct. 2008


The first bloom from my rooted cutting taken yesterday, balled up from all the rain, but still beautiful to me. I can hardly wait for this little rose to grow up, giving me larger blooms. Patience, patience.


As you head out into the world, seek flowers and let their beauty seep into you, filling you up with joy and thankfulness to the great Creator.



"Who can estimate the elevating and refining influences and moral value of flowers with all their graceful forms, bewitching shades and combinations of colors and exquisitely varied perfumes? 

These silent influences are unconsciously felt even by those who do not appreciate them consciously and thus with better and still better fruits, nuts, grains, vegetables and flowers, will the earth be transformed, man's thought refined, and turned from the base destructive forces into nobler production. 

One which will lift him to high planes of action toward the happy day when the Creator of all this beautiful work is more acknowledged and loved, and where man shall offer his brother man, not bullets and bayonets, but richer grains, better fruit and fairer flowers from the bounty of this earth."

Father George Schoener (1864 -1941) 
The Importance and Fundamental Principles of Plant Breeding  


Skeeter said...

Beautiful and I bet they smell heavenly. Since I do the plant and forget it way of gardening, I have backed off from Rose's with their dire need of attention. I added my first Rose this season so I have a lot to go to catch up to most gardens. I went with a Knockout Rose as everyone says they are fool proof. If I have luck with that beauty, I shall add a new one each year. I am not crazy about things that bite back in the garden as well. I have enough scratches from my kitties and dont need any from the thorns...

Becca's Dirt said...

Stunning rose. Love the fullness and all those petals. Are you getting much of this cold snap. In the 40's here this morn and perhaps a frost in the morn.

gld said...

I share your love for old roses. They don't do as well for me as they do for you however.

This one is a beauty. I love the soft pink.

Susan said...

Your roses are beautiful as usual. I'll bet they loved the rain and will now bloom even larger now that cooler weather is here. It's definitely a beautiful day out there today. Hope you're getting a chance to enjoy it.

organicgardendreams said...

Flowerlady, seeing photos of this incredible beautiful Tea rose made my heart skip a few beats! I had never heard of it before so thank you so much for introducing it to me. I am also a lover of Old Garden Roses and agree with you that there is just something very special about them that is hard to find in the modern roses. I am so glad for you that you were able to root a cutting from your original Homere that died. I am off to HMF to look up Homere to find some more info about it! Thanks for a great post!

Gayle said...

Their fragile beauty is amazing. Funny, one of the last things my mom and I talked about was gardening and she told me not to bother with roses. For our short season it is a lot of work for little reward. (We plant in pots to pack in and out with bad weather and have to hibernate them all winter in the house). Maybe someday I'll live somewhere that roses aren't so difficult to grow. In the meantime...I'll enjoy yours'.

Darcie said...

I really wish I knew much more about flowers, then I do know, but I am glad I know YOU...that shares with us, your knowledge, and the beauty that surrounds you in your world.

HolleyGarden said...

What a gorgeous rose. I, too, love the old garden roses because their foliage is so nice, even when the rose is not in bloom. I'm so glad you could take a cutting. How exciting to see its first bloom!

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

I have never had luck with roses.
It is very damp here in the woods
by my cottage.
You must be in the perfect spot...

Masha said...

Great pictures, your Homere looks more beautiful than I have ever seen it here. You have so much beauty to enjoy in your garden!

Andrea said...

FlowerLady - I can almost smell their scents. That one you are holding looks like it is forcefully opened!

sweetbay said...

Oh the blooms are so lovely and full!

I love to try cuttings because of the expense of a new rose, but have only had the best success with climbers and R. palustris scandens. Must keep trying! :)