A Hard-Luck Rose

Frederic Mistral Rose, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  July 17, 2009.

Frederic Mistral Rose, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. July 17, 2009.

The rose above is the newest rose in our garden, Frederic Mistral.  It is also the last of our roses to bloom.

Actually, this rose has had a hard life.  We ordered it this spring as a replacement for a rose that didn’t make it through the winter.  So it got a fairly late start in the garden.  About the time that it started to form buds, the deer decided to use it for a snack.

It recovered from that experience and again formed buds.  This time the Japanese beetles used it for a snack.  The beetles discovered the buds on a day we went to Hendersonville.  The amount of damage Japanese beetles can do in a few hours is amazing.

But the bush finally produced a bud that was able to open!  The color is a light pink, and the petals look like porcelain.  As if that is not enough, Frederic Mistral is one of the most fragrant roses there is.

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15 Responses to “A Hard-Luck Rose”

  1. Grammy Says:

    That is a very beautiful shade of pink. Look like you have pest issues too. I pulled up my cauliflower. And I am throwing in the shovel for this year. As in no more planting. I will have to hope what I have survives. My first tomato has blossom end rot. So I was drooling over nothing. Are any of the gardeners doing well in your area?

  2. MaryBeth Says:

    such a pretty and I was going to say delicate rose but what it’s been through and to survive it has to be tough. The color is delicate though. I don’t grow roses because of the deer.

    Check out Fort Casey on my blog. MB

  3. Suz Says:

    A resilient little guy huh?

  4. Judy Says:

    George, I would not say that is a hard luck rose; it is a very determined rose! And I am so glad that it is finally blooming for you, as it is lovely!

  5. ewok1993 Says:

    oh what a lovely pink rose that is. since we are moving, we are so sad to leave about 5 rose plants.

  6. shelley Says:

    A pretty hardy rose!!

  7. Mary Says:

    It is beautiful! Three cheers for your persistence!

  8. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    That flower is worth the wait.Porcelain describes it well.
    Blessings,Ruth

  9. LEEDRA Says:

    Hopefully it will have an easier life next year. Been admiring all your roses on Betsy’s blog today….they are beautiful.

    Leedra’s Photos For Fun

  10. Susie Says:

    It’s really pretty George. I’m glad it made it thru all the rough beginnings!

  11. Tina Says:

    George, It might look like porcelain but it sounds like it is tough as nails…what a pretty color. Nasty deer!! 😉

  12. Jen Says:

    Roses are pretty in pink. Too bad you can’t build an invisible fence to keep those beetles out.

  13. Indrani Says:

    Such a lovely shade of pink. It must be sheer joy to see it in real.

  14. Happily Retired Gal Says:

    What a LOVELY shade of pink! Hope this ‘hard luck’ rose continues to thrive and produce blossoms for you to enjoy and share ;–)
    Thanks for dropping by Sacred Ruminations earlier. I appreciate your feedback as I try to strike a balance … and begin sharing my thoughts in posts (as I did once upon a time) rather than simply displaying images. I guess for me it’s about shifting priorities and making choices all over again … even though I don’t know exactly what will emerge.
    Hugs and blessings,

  15. Louise Cannon Says:

    How beautiful. And I’m going to guess that resilient plant is going to make it through the winter!

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