- I liked his name. (Maybe not the best reason!)
- I liked that he was an old garden tea rose (not a hybrid tea).
- He was available.
- He was the right size for that spot.
- Very disease resistant.
- Designated an EarthKind rose. (Drought toleration is a big thing here!)
So, I was a bit taken aback when he bloomed the first time for me. Tiny blooms. Sweet, but tiny. I was a bit disappointed. Those tiny blooms just didn't seem very manly!
But, once a plant is planted in my garden, it stays. Yes, I am one of those. I coddle and push and beg and plead and threaten, but won't do anything to a plant that's faltering until it dies on its own accord. Maybe that will change one day. There are some plants I would like to replace. But, for now, I'm too soft hearted.
Anyway, Monsieur Tillier stayed.
And today, I'm so glad I left him in my garden. Because today he's filled with blooms. Bright, beautiful, cheerful, rosy blooms. And my heart fell for him. Because even though his blooms are small, there are a lot of them, so he makes a big impact. I like a big impact.
Monsieur Tillier is a rose I'd recommend. He grows well in zones 7 through 9, and grows to around 6 ft. tall and wide (but can be kept as small as 3 ft. if you want). Typical tea fragrance. Small blooms, big impact.
A rose that'll grow on you, if you know what I mean.