The Mister and I like to play a game where we describe, in great detail, our “someday” home. Of course, I have the Someday Garden designed down to the square foot. 🙂 It’s a fun way to pass the time, and it never hurts to dream, right? The thing that keeps me lying awake at night, though, is what on earth we’ll do with our roses when the time comes to leave our little rental and our makeshift garden. In the past, I’ve vacillated between the idea of leaving them behind to the other extreme of renting a moving truck just for them but I’ve finally decided that unless we move out of the country (not out of the question) I hope to find a way to bring as many as possible with us. (Although our collection of roses is still very small, it’s truly an excellent bunch and most will be difficult, if not also terribly expensive, to replace.) Some days I feel a bit like a curator of a fine art collection. Do you ever feel that way about the plants in your garden?
But enough about me, let’s talk about ‘Madame Plantier’: a lovely Alba blend described by Vintage Gardens as “a favorite of Vita-Sackville West” is rapidly becoming one of my favorites, too. ‘Madame Plantier’, also referred to as The Bride’s Rose, was introduced by Plantier (France) in 1835 and, typical of Alba roses, can withstand less-than-ideal sunlight conditions so for us, it’s perfect for an area of our garden that gets morning sun and dappled afternoon shade. Ours is still young, only in it’s second year, but this season has produced lots of healthy new growth and last May (when these photos were taken) was covered with pretty white blossoms. I’ve read that ‘Madame Plantier’ can get very tall and wide with arching canes. I’m starting to see that kind of habit already (so, again, can’t wait to move her into a more permanent location.) ‘Madame Hardy’, another one of my favorites, was blooming at the same time and I was surprised to see how similar their flowers looked, although the habit/foliage/buds are different, so I photographed them side-by-side. (see below) ‘Madame Hardy’ has slightly larger blossoms and the petals are arranged more “quartered” but both have the green button eye which I love so much.
Do you grow ‘Madame Plantier’? Any tips you’d like to share?