I rescued it growning alongside a road where they're putting in a shopping center. It is pinker than the picture shows. It was growing in Georgia red clay and has probably been there for 50 years at least. Hope someone knows what it is. Thanks.
Patty - don't be scared of roses. They are by far the easiest plants to grow. I stay clear of HTs but the old shrub roses and the David Austin are so easy to maintain. I could never be without them!! :-)
Thanks for all your comments! I dug up about 20 clumps of them this winter. Gave away about half of them and planted the other half on a hill by my "now-frog-pond/future water garden". Some of the holes I amended and some I put in the total red clay. Am I gonna be sorry in a few years? That's what they were growing in for all these years. They're all blooming like crazy. Figured if they lived there with no care for years, they would grow for me. I'll try to take a picture of my "hill", once I get it pinestrawed. Want to put thrift all around the edges. I don't know what a "rugosa" is...is that a TYPE of rose or a name of a certain rose? So, you don't think this is a rugosa,,,just similar to one???
lacemosaic - I can't be sure. The rugosas are a strong, rugged shrub rose that withstand harsher conditions than most roses. I wish I could tell you if this was one or not. By the way, the Washington National Arboretum say that we spoil our plants and trees and if we just leave them alone they will do better. In other words, they may suffer a little to start with, but they become hardier and less disease resistant in the end.
That's good to hear! I'm thinking these might be a groundcover rose because each clump was connected to the next clump...that is, a runner went out and took root. But I guess it could be a climber too, that had nothing to climb. Do you know how to tell the difference?