Last year I bought three bare-root hybrid tea roses at Fred Meyer's. For under four dollars a plant, I figured I could grow them as an annual. I planted them deeply so that the graft was below the soil, hoping that they might just send down roots. I got one beautiful bloom from each, and I cut each one and kept it inside to savor. Last winter was severe, and this spring I saw that the above-ground rose stems were dry and dead. In fact, my Hansa rose that I've had for years died, too. But just in the past couple of days I saw the unmistakable stem of a hybrid tea rising above the tulip leaves, and today I dug down and found the metal tag I made last year. My Olympiad rose has grown up from the roots! I wish it had a scent, but other than that, its bloom was perfection last year.
This spring I was in Portland and purchased a Etoile de Hollande on its own root. If the Olympiad can make it, it gives me more hope for the Etoile de Hollande. The bed is next to the house in full sun, the best microclimate I have in my yard.