Look, this is top rose 'Sommerwind'. After very strong scrutineering some roses get the label “Top Rose”. Top roses bloom endlessly, are strong and have healthy leaves. There is nothing to complain about. Yet, this particular Top Rose has been banned from my garden.
Why? I know it might sound strange to you, but it's the colour. I think the colour is too "Barbie-doll-ish". It's just too pink. I prefer the soft pinks of old-fashioned roses.
From the kitchen window I have often stared at this rose. And because it's a Top Rose, it is always flowering. Always a little too pink to my liking. I doubt, should I remove this rose or not? Of course I could ask my husband for advise. "Do you think this rose is a little too bright in colour?" But he always gives me the same answer: "Asking the question is answering it." In other words: Hetty you have already decided.
That's why I ask my daughter instead. We stare through the kitchen window together. "Do you think that rose is a little too bright in colour?" "No Mom, I think the rose is fine." That’s not what I want to hear! In my head sounds: Hetty you've already decided.
If it were not a Top Rose, it would have been all right. The rose would not have flowered endlessly. It would not have constantly disturbed me. But it's a Top Rose and it has been blooming all summer. Exuberantly, day in day out.
As the frost changes the pink dahlias into brown, the colour balance in the backyard is completely lost. The roses have to go. Right away! I take the spade and dig up the roses.
As I throw the roses in the bin, a girlfriend walks along. She has no problems with the pink colour. And so the Top Roses move to another garden the same day.
Next, I am asking myself what to plant instead of the roses. Is it 'Jacques Cartier' or the old-fashioned rose 'Mme Boll'?
Already I'm having a dilemma again!
"Do you think that rose is a little too bright in colour?"
The last roses in a vase.
I prefer the soft pink.................
............. of old-fashioned roses.
What to choose, Rosa 'Jacques Cartier'....
....... Rosa 'Mme. Boll'......... or both?