Zone stretching for pollen

We had an open garden Sunday May 1. The roses are slow this year and May 1 came after seven days of cold and dreary weather. One of the friends who came to the garden has posted photos on the web and I’ve linked to them because several of the roses in bloom aren’t supposed to be able to handle zone 6b.

There is a photo of the semidouble (as tropical rose)‘Susan Louise’ blooming already coming back from dieing back to the ground for the third year. But most interesting to me is the white rose in the species garden…it’s R. laevigata, blooming almost as a ground cover rose, and it had no protection this past winter.

The photos of Safrano also might disprove the tenderness of some tea roses.

Hope you enjoy,