Sadly, I have been working on ordering Mom's rose bushes since she passed away in 2015 and it has not been an easy undertaking. First, I had to find the hybridizer, who then had to find the original Lynn Anderson Rose Bush in Nowhere, California. They then started the process of growing the bushes for me and our expected date was Spring 2018.
Several months ago, I got a call from the hybridizing facility describing to me something called "herbicidal drift" and that 10,000 roses (500 are Moms), that are being grown from starter buds in a farther back lot, were compromised by a neighboring farm's crop dusting! I was told all the roses were gone and they would be stripping the field and starting over as soon as possible with their biggest customers first. I literally wanted to throw-up that day as I've had this beautiful idea of delivering everyone roses as Mom's exhibit closed in Nashville. It would have been a perfect end to the 10 months of respect we've been paying Mom with her exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame. But alas.....
After putting it out of my mind during most of the museum's opening festivities, I made a phone call to the main man, who I've never talked to, at the Rose company and discussed with him the possibility of Mom's roses, or at least a portion of them, surviving such a drift? They've decided to keep her roses in place for continued growing, noting that her rose is quite the survivor and has always been one of the strongest and healthiest growers in their history, which is why it won many Rose Association Awards during it's years of introduction! Yay! He's not going to scrap them all for fresh planting space! What a difference in my enthusiasm one phone call has made :)
So our plan is to wait until the winter time and walk the fields. At that time they will decide whether to scrap the whole lot, or if possibly we can pull 100 or 200 that might have withstood this disaster. If there are survivors, they will ship to Nashville next Spring as planned, but I will use them for installations locally as they will need to be fussed over for a few years. Woodlawn Funeral Home, where Mom is interred, is hopeful we can carry on with our plans to create a Lynn Anderson Rose Garden there on the grounds next Spring! I am also hopeful to create a Lynn Anderson Rose Garden in my quiet neighborhood in Nashville of possibly 50 roses. So the survivors of this first batch will be enjoyed and will go to homes that can attend to them and any sensitivities they might have.
For folks who want a rose in their gardens, I have placed a replacement order for a fresh growing batch to be commenced next Spring when budding season starts. These roses (fingers crossed) will be ready Spring 2020 to ship to our friends and customers across America. Unfortunately, you will be waiting a little longer, but our guarantee and hope is that you have a perfectly healthy & happy Lynn Anderson Rose Bush that will grow strong for years to come.
The picture of roses you see in this article look a lot like Mom's rose! I made gift tags with a reminder date of 2020 and gave everyone who left the opening at the Country Music Hall of Fame last week a long stem rose as a gentle "Keep Me In Mind" reminder. The Hall of Fame's exhibit is called "Keep Me In Mind" and everyone left with a Lynn Anderson Rose. It was a fitting tribute to my "Rose Garden" Momma.
PS ~ Be careful with sprays and pesticides!