Some days I expect the greeting, even look forward to it. With a spring in my step, a lilt in my voice, and a smile on my face, I look them square in the eye and greet them back with a big "hello!" Other days, I am preoccupied. My face down, my mind on other things, their cheerful greeting takes a few seconds to get through the fog in my brain where it finally registers. "Oh, hi", I'll say, with a slight wave of my hand. Not so much a wave of hello, but a wave of dismissal.
Even on the days that I dismiss the greeters, I would miss them if they were not there. They probably don't realize just how much I appreciate a cheerful greeting.
I have my own greeter in the garden. Like the greeters in the retail shops here, Gruss an Aachen consistently sings out its cheerful "Hello!" when I walk into the garden, always greeting me with numerous stages of bloom. I appreciate it more than it will ever know.
Gruss an Aachen literally means 'Greetings from Aachen'. The city of Aachen was a favorite of the Emperor Charlemagne, and where he was buried.
|Gruss an Aachen|
At first, you might think that Gruss an Aachen would be a bit inconsistent. After all, it has been put into almost every rose class one can think of: hybrid tea, polyantha, china, shrub. Usually, though, it has the distinction of being classified as the very first floribunda. The color is also a bit inconsistent. Its blooms are a blend of pink, apricot, and cream. The intensity of the color changes with the weather, and as the bloom opens and ages. I find that quality charming.
But there's one quality Gruss an Aachen is very consistent with: blooming. It has such a sunny disposition it will even grow in part shade! Plus, it's very disease resistant, fragrant, and grows to around 3 ft by 3 ft. It grows in zones 5 through 9, some say zones 4 through 10.
Want to be greeted with a handful of rosy blooms in your own garden? You might want to give Gruss an Aachen a try!