About 20 years ago, I fell in love with Old Garden Roses. Not content with just collecting roses, I began a home based nursery raising Old Garden, Rambler, and Shrub Roses. In anticipation of my sunset years, I named this enterprise "The Old Lady of Old Roses". I have now achieved the " Old Lady" part of the name.
My goal is to grow roses that are vigorous and disease resistant. (I ignore small ravages).This means that I retain in my garden only those roses that prosper without the use of chemical sprays. For a few special favorites that I really should eliminate, I compensate by siting them in the most ideal conditions available. Most of the rose that I grow are Old Roses because I find them generally more disease resistant than Hybrids. Along with a description and photo, each rose's disease resistance is rated in the following pages from OK (tolerable) to EX (excellent).
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OLD ROSES VS. MODERN HYBRIDS
Old Roses are roses that have been around for over 100 years; many have existed for centuries without our help. I find they exude more charm and are easier to grow than Modern Hybrids. No fussy pruning schedules or regular spraying program is required. Best of all, several offer a memorable fragrance. The downside (for many, not me) is that many bloom but once. Modern Hybrids have been scientifically bred to expand the bloom colors available and most importantly, to provide more continuity of bloom. The newer ones even now offer some disease resistance.