Not content with wowing us inside our entry garden she is putting on a similar display on the other side of the wall.
Now, what could this western scene have to do with Lady Banks rose? In January, on our way back to Austin from Phoenix, we took a short detour from Intestate 10 to visit the town of Tombstone, Arizona. We were not there to see a reenactment of the Gunfight at OK Corral. We were there to visit the Rose Museum. To see the largest rose in the world, the Lady Banks rose, Rosa banksiae 'banksiae'
This rose was brought as a cutting from Scotland in 1885. A gift brought from Scotland by a visitor to her homesick friend. It was planted in her garden and lives to this day.
Unfortunately we weren't there at bloom time, but nevertheless, we were wowed by the sheer size of this rose, supported by a multitude of pillars.
Looking at the size of the trunk I was beginning to get a little worried about my Lady Banks, as yet only about 14 years old. Imagine over a hundred years from now. Somebody else's problem!
There is one difference between this rose and mine. This rose is from an original cutting brought back from China by a student of Sir Joseph Banks. It is the white variety and carries with it a delicate fragrance. How could I resist buying a cutting of this wonderfully historic rose.