In a Vase: A Touch of Silver

rose Sterling Silver

Well, it is Monday again, time for In a Vase on Monday with Cathy! 


Today's vase was a hurriedly contrived affair: one stem of rose 'Sterling Silver' collected, set in a vase, and photographed as the sun was setting.  'Sterling Silver' has flowered magnificently this autumn.  Many blooms are just a bit dry as I haven't been watering heavily; but this bud was near-perfect with the help of our recent rainfall.  And the scent is incomparable: a full, sweet fragrance, unmistakably rose and as quiet and graceful as the color of the blooms.


The vase is one I nearly discarded but have since decided is perhaps worth keeping around.  The top was fluted in much the same manner as I would flute a pie crust, pinching the clay inward and out with my fingers.


I am hoping to be able to replace 'Sterling Silver' in the new garden, but I'm unsure whether I can get another.  Growers seem to be phasing it out in favor of lavenders reliable in a wider range of climates.  Perhaps I can't blame them, remembering how it sulked in my first garden - defoliated by black spot each summer and nipped by cold in winter.  For all that, I find it is a very special rose here in the desert, having grown far larger than expected, and being healthy and free-flowering.  And it is a superbly beautiful rose.

rose Sterling Silver

It has, in fact, gotten so big that I don't intend to even attempt moving it with me to the new garden.  No, today's rose digging was for the antique Communis, the old Common Moss rose.  It arrived a couple of years ago in a four inch pot - a few stems with a scattering of leaves.  Next spring would have seen its first bloom season, but now I will have to wait a little longer to see them as I am not taking the main bush.  Grubbing around in the dirt, I found quite a few suckers to dig, pot up, and trim back.  As I finished the job in the dark, I have no idea whether my efforts were sufficient.  Here's hoping...


Finally, during my breaks from packing out and generally getting everything ready to leave, I have been perusing a new garden book: The Romantic Herb Garden by Caroline Holmes.  I discovered it in the discount section of Pinetree Garden Seeds website and added it to my order of seeds.  


I have long loved using herbs in the garden.  Perhaps this will encourage me to take that a good step further?

Book: the Romantic Herb Garden

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Comments: 6
  • #1

    Cathy (Tuesday, 04 December 2018 02:57)

    I do hope you will be able to grow it in your new garden as, allong with Wollerton Old Hall, this is a rose I always associate with you. It is such a pretty colour and I feel sure you will attempting to grow it again. Such a difficult decision to choose what plants and pots to take, but the promise of a new found freedom is far more valuable than any of them

  • #2

    Kris P (Tuesday, 04 December 2018 12:14)

    'Sterling Silver' perished here and I've heard the same comments about it being touchy. I'm sure it'll please some future resident of your current property and that you'll find a suitable lavender-colored rose for your new site. Best wishes with the ongoing packing!

  • #3

    Marcelo (Tuesday, 04 December 2018 13:45)

    'Sterling Silver' is a beautiful rose, I love purple and lavender roses but they are very prone to diseases in my climate and never look great, I have grown 'Sterling Silver', 'Blue Moon', 'Lady x' and 'Blue Parfume' but unfortunately they are very poor performers in my garden.

  • #4

    Diana Studer (Tuesday, 04 December 2018 15:40)

    Could you try cuttings of your favourite rose?
    I did lose some of the plants I tried.
    But some were amazingly successful. Hibiscus tialiaceus is so tall I can't 'see' the flowers - and that was a twig with a few leaves.

  • #5

    Jane (Tuesday, 04 December 2018 16:56)

    Hello Amy, ‘Sterling Silver’ is truly beautiful. Roses grow so easily from cuttings and now is a perfect time for you to take some, so that you can carry this memory to your new home. Good luck!

  • #6

    Cathy (Wednesday, 05 December 2018 08:47)

    It really is a lovely rose Amy. I hope you find a replacement one day. Like the sound of that book. So your new garden will have herbs? :)