Species Roses & Rhododendrons

Is it me or is WordPress not iPad friendly?  I started on blogspot and it seems easier. Oh well. This spring I am obsessed with finding rare and unusual roses to grow. In past years, it was tulip species, figs, and orchids. This spring it is species roses and rhododendrons. My rhodo interest is limited to those native to southeastern US, all of which are deciduous and the foundation for the modern Exbury azaleas. Despite the fact that they are native to the southeastern US, they are amazingly adaptable to far harsher environments than many of evergreen relatives from Asia. I have a few Exbury azaleas and they have adapted well to a very unfriendly Kansas environment. This spring, i purchased some r. Austrinums and primary hybrids from native plant growers in the southeast. I was shocked to see how cold hardy these guys can be. Like my own personal genealogy or ancestry research, I am not interested so much in their primary qualities so much as their history / origin in contrast to their migration ( natural or man made) and their adaptability.

Like so many species of plants we know today, Roses originated in central Asia, along with tulips, and many perennials and shrubs. I am mainly interested in how these plants grow in their natural habitats, as well as how amazingly adaptable they can be once reintroduced to another environment thousands of miles away on another continent. This summer I am going to experiment with growing some of these versatile and highly adaptable species, such as rosa foetidas,( Persian yellow and bicolor or Austrian copper) musk roses,(variations on rosa moschata, such as Darlow’s Enigma, Nastarana, Secret Garden Musk Climber), rugosas, perpetuals and a few others and their close hybrids. I have a working list on my helpmefind.com account. Pictures will follow.