Catch The Lady If You Can

April 11, 2013 9:56 pm

Lady Banks close_jpg compressed      If you haven’t had a chance to visit Tucker Hill recently, now is the time to see the Lady Banks Roses in all their glory.  Yellow Lady Banks (R. banksiae luteaplena) lacks thorns and much fragrance but produces an overabundance of yellow flowers each spring. It is a species rose, not a hybrid, that was introduced from China in 1824 by J.D. Park for the Horticulture Society of London.

Lady Banks Roses archway_jpg compressedThe tenacious vining rose will engulf an iron fence, brick column, or even a small structure if it is close by.  The long graceful arching canes reach out and grow onto any adjacent means of support.  Lady Banks is a long-lived rose that usually matures at 15 to 20 feet in height and 8-12 feet in width. According to The Guiness Book of World Records, the oldest Lady Banks can be found in Tombstone, Arizona.  At 100 years old, with a trunk girth of ninety-five inches, it covers more than 8,000 square feet with millions of blooms each spring.  There is a story there and you can read it “In the Search of Lost Roses” by Thomas Christopher.


Up to four weeks each spring, the iron fence along our main entry is covered with clusters of small, cupped blooms. Each bloom has between 30 and 50 petals. Lady Banks can be seen in the neighborhood along the Grassmere Bridge as well as on some homeowners’ iron fencesסיאליס/.  I am thinking about where we can plant some more.  I am thinking, maybe with some wisteria over an arbor to grow some shade.


Take time to visit us soon so you can catch the Lady Banks in bloom.


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