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Friday Favorite: Finding a Plant

May 4th, 2018

I read about ‘New Dawn’ roses many years ago and have been looking for one for my garden ever since. A few years ago, I saw one at a local garden center, but with a price tag of $60, I decided to keep looking. I knew I could order one on-line, but generally prefer to support small independent local greenhouses when I can.

Yesterday, I was out with a friend and we stopped at Guini Ridge Farm in Rockport, Maine. There it was, a ‘New Dawn’ rose for $25! I grabbed one and a ‘White Dawn’ as well.

If this rose is as hardy and prolific as they say, I’ll be pleased as punch to have it grow up and cover the ugly part of the house. Since this is an own root rose, I’m hoping I can take cuttings and propagate my own. I have a few spots around the farm that could benefit from a large climbing rose and I’ve been wanting to try my hand at taking rose cuttings.

Naturally, I also left with a few herbs for the garden. Look at all those variegated leaves! I couldn’t pass up the lovely variety of Lobularia either (it’s ‘Deep Lavender Stream’).

Have you ever looked for a plant for years before finding it?

One Comment to “Friday Favorite: Finding a Plant”
  1. Nebraska Dave on May 4, 2018 at 7:55 am

    Susy, my Rugosa Rose bushes were a two year hunt to find. I finally had to buy them online.Tiny little sticks came in the mail five years ago but you should see them now. It was my idea to use them as a hedge and they have met that purpose with relish. They are still filling in the gaps becuse some didn’t make it through the first winter.

    Have a great day planting your purchases in the herb garden.

    Nebraska Dave

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