I was going to place an order with Pickering Nursery, and found this on their website:
"AMERICAN CUSTOMERS: We are unable to ship to the USA at present. Due to a desire by agriculture departments to “re-interpret” existing rules we are unable to ship roses to the United States this season. Yes, these plants have been produced in the same manner as those we have shipped to our US customers since about 1960. Please be aware that whatever hardship and annoyance you’re feeling about not being able to receive an order, this business (it’s employees and owner) will suffer worse."
I have ordered roses from them for many yeaas. I hope that this can be resolved.
I had planned to order 2 Stanwell Perpetuals, 1-2 Gruss an Aachens, Enfant du France and The Dark Lady. I have ordered at least 25 roses from them in the past. They are my favorite. The really bad thing about it is that I think that their US market is considerable. Their prices are great and their shipping for two foot bareroots is only $18 for up to four roses, and their roses are only $15.50. I put in a Heritage last April that was literally five feet tall by June. My Constance Spry was 6 feet across in three years.
I decided to defer my order to next year except for Stanwell Perpetual. That rose appears to be disappearing from commerce, and I could only find one other supplier. And the cost and shipping for those two considerably smaller roses is $50. At Pickering, I could have gotten much more for my money.
Great minds. I placed my order with them yesterday.
It's creepy the way a lot of roses that are iconic seem to be disappearing. Antique Rose Emporium didn't have it, Heirloom didn't have it, and Chamblees didn't. Neither did David Austin Roses. Roses Unlimited didn't have it, which really surprised me. I really wanted to order from Chamblees. That Glamis they sent me last year was extraordinary, and I wanted to give them more of my business.
But hey, thanks! You always have my back, and I appreciate it.
Pickering was the only place I could get Felicite Parmentier last year - all others were sold out. I also got Evelyn, Jude the Obscure, and Rosemary Harkness. Roses are doing great.
I really, really wanted Felicite. My mother found one in an alley when we moved to Missouri. I later planted it in my garden, where it had expanded to 3 plants. I planted one in a pot for my move but it died. I was sure it was Felicite, even though many sites say its thorns are of no account - I figure they never saw one. It has very tiny and very many vicious needles. But what a fragrance. I love the way it recurves and almost turns into a ball. My new plant is much heavier than any of my old ones. I will wait a while for Pickering to get over this hurdle.