Actually, four of these ‘Six’ roses are ‘from’ rather than ‘for’ Momma. They came from my Mother’s rose garden. I never sent roses to my mother for Mothers’ Day, which is tomorrow, because she had more than I did. Besides, roses from a horticulturist would be rather mundane. Instead, I gave her rooted cuttings of all sorts of odds and ends, such as angels’ trumpet, pink jasmine, forsythia, flowering quince and a minute olive tree. Of course, only angels’ trumpet had yet to bloom. Red Souvine, ‘Roses for Momma’ composer, might have had something to say about that.

1. Double Delight is presently blooming quite abundantly at work. The yellow is normally more whitish. The pink is normally more reddish. We really have no idea what cultivar this is though.


2. Amber Queen is also unidentifiable, and is also blooming remarkably well in the same small rose garden as Double Delight. I am impressed by how well they perform here, in a bit of shade.

3. Julia Childs resembles Amber Queen up close like this. It was a gift from Filoli. My mother volunteered there after retirement. Actually, a few items in my mother’s garden came from Filoli.

4. Apricot Candy might have been another gift from Filoli. The name is so appropriate for a garden in the Santa Clara Valley. I rather like the simplicity, although the flowers should be fluffier.

5. Heaven on Earth is one that I would not have selected. Yuck. Yet, my mother gave it a prominent situation, but never allowed me to add a most elegant John F. Kennedy rose to the garden!

6. Proud Land was one rose that I agreed on! There are three! They are the only remnants of the original roses that I planted within a few years of 1985. The flowers are typically more billowy.

This is the link for Six on Saturday, for anyone else who would like to participate:


26 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Roses for Momma

    1. My mother passed away last August. That is why the roses were dug and canned here. All are doing remarkably well. I hope to send most to my niece in Hollister next winter. I hope that my niece does not want the three ‘Proud Land’, because those are the only remnants from the original rose garden. Fortunately, there are three to share, and I will be pleased with just one. My niece has a large garden, but there are about sixteen roses.

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      1. Some of the plants are from gardens of grandparents and great grandparents. My rhubarb is from the garden of my paternal-paternal great grandfather. My Iris pallida is from the garden of my maternal-maternal great grandmother. They will likely go to the garden of my niece, and perhaps to the gardens of her children. There is nothing in my garden that lacks history of some sort.


  1. Such beautiful flowers. A couple of them remind me of roses my own mother grew. She wasn’t much of a gardener, but she liked roses, had good luck with them, and thoroughly enjoyed the ones in front of our house.

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    1. In about 1985, I got ‘Medallion’ because of the apricot color. It really was a nice color, but the flowers were freakishly big. They were exquisite as cut flowers, but best in bunches of the same, without other roses mixed in. ‘Apricot Candy’ is not one that I would have selected, but probably mixes with other roses better.

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    1. It is one of the most popular of hybrid tea roses, and is slightly fragrant. To me, it looks like condiments that squirted out of the backside of a Big Mac. I have no idea what this particular rose is, but everyone likes it.

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    1. The carpet roses that were heeled in outside your office are nasty and thorny, but prolific. Would you like to relocate some to the home garden?


    1. Also, some were copies of specific plants that she liked, such as a copy of a historic olive tree in San Jose, and a copy of an angels’ trumpet at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.

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