Oregon Trail Rose

I just have to brag on my yellow rose bush.

I planted this 3 years ago as a 12 inch high stem with roots, and today it stands over 5 feet high and is coverered with fragrant 2 inch blooms.

It’s called Harison’s Yellow Rose for the man who developed the variety back in 1837, but it’s also known as the Oregon Trail Rose for all the pioneers who brought cuttings of it with them on the trail. You can still find them blooming on abandoned farmsteads all over the midwest today.

In fact, my mom got hers from a neighboring farm when I was a kid.

And carefree is an understatement with this rose. I don’t water it. I don’t worry about it making it through our long cold winters.

Mildew? HA! It doesn’t know the meaning of the word.

Deer? HA! They take a nibble and then give up as this thing is well armed with tons of thorns.

I just love this rose.

I’m going to have to plant more of them.

Have a great Monday all!

PS:  Here’s where I got my rose if you’re interested in getting one of your own.

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