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I don't quite know what to make of this rose. It has the cupped, classic form of an old garden rose. It is devoid of fragrance. It has a very low, spreading habit that is almost more fitting to a ground-cover rose than a shrub. This one is a prolific cluster-bloomer, though the blooms tend to ball in wet weather. Here's a better shot of a later bloom.
Out of Yesteryear has taken the "honor" of being the last rose to bloom in 1999.
Out of Yesteryear once again takes the "honor" of being the last rose to bloom, early June, 2000.
Out of Yesteryear has finally deigned to bloom in 2001, producing one small blossom. This rose has little to recommend it -- it's stingy with blossoms that have no fragrance, which then promptly ball in wet weather, it's very low-growing, susceptible to black spot , and has long thin thorns that manage to get through my gloves. Though I have never shovel pruned any of my roses, I suspect that at the end of the season this will be the first.
I let Out of Yesteryear survive another year. It is once again the last rose to bloom in 2002 (8th of June). It has a grand total of one bloom thus far, and I suspect that I will finally bite the bullet and shovel prune it this year.
It's Christmas, 2002 and Out of Yesteryear, the most disappointing rose that I have ever grown, met its fate while I was pruning the roses a few days ago. Even its roots (by which I ripped it out of the ground) were disappointing.
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