I have never thought of bringing the Lady Banks' rose into the house before. Her blooms are small and really look better when seen en masse. But today, I tackled the arching branches of my lady which have reached over the wall scrambling into the far distance. How could I let those blooms go to waste.
You may be more familiar with the yellow Lady Banks' rose, Rosa banksias lutea. This white one Rosa Banksiae Banksiae, has an interesting history, having been brought from China in1807 by William Kerr. The expedition was paid for by Sir Joseph Banks who named the rose for his wife. The cuttings were taken to Kew Gardens in London and in 1885 a visitor to Tombstone, Arizona, brought a cutting of this rose for her friend. The rose still lives. You can read all about my visit to the Rose Museum in Tombstone, where I purchased a cutting of the rose.
Blooming is about a month early this year due to our very warm spring and should continue for a few weeks.
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