This is climbing America. I love her bloom. I love that her leaves have a bronze hue before they turn green. I know that she can take my breath away with her beauty.
But as pretty as she is, in my garden, she's only America, the semi-beautiful.
She's quite lovely - in autumn. And spring. But in summer, she hates our weather. She is never truly happy, and I'm not truly happy with her. She grows in zones 4 through 9, so heat shouldn't be the problem. But water (or the lack of it in summer) could be. She grows from 10 to 15 feet high. Mine is no where near that tall! So, I'll just have to be patient and see what the future holds. I'm hoping in time she'll grow into the thriving America I expect her to be.
|New foliage is such a pretty color|
The problem, really, is not with the rose. It's with my expectations. You see, I want the song 'America the Beautiful' to pop into my mind every time I see her, even in summer. She has such a patriotic name, I want to be proud of her. I want to show her off, and state her name proudly. If she had a different name, I might feel differently about her. But in my mind, a rose named for America should be great every day of the year.
Roses are interesting plants to grow. Some will perform beautifully in your garden, some won't. The problem may be that particular plant, that particular rose, your area, your garden, your soil, or - like America and me - even your expectations.
Tell me, do you grow this rose? And if so, is your America beautiful?