AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION – A PLETHORA OF ROSES
There isn’t a rose named ‘Delta Variant’...yet. The 21st annual Save the Roses! auction has been in the works for several years now and while our members feel it is best to not hold an in-person auction this year, our offering of amazing roses will continue with another online auction. As always, plants from our own collection will be supplemented by the generous donations made by so many auction supporters from all across the country and again this year
from around the world! Many of the roses offered this year are not available anywhere else in the country.
Once more, this year the California Coastal Rose Society (CCRS) will limit the offerings to one-gallon size plants to facilitate shipping around the country, but local winners may have the option of picking up a 2g or 5g plant in Fallbrook, if one is available.
The procedures for online bidding will be as usual, and you must register at www.ccrsauction.com . Early bidding will begin on Nov. 1, 2021 and each rose in the list will show the current bid, similar to an eBay-type auction. CCRS cannot post bids as quickly as eBay, but the bids will be updated once or twice per day. You must bid in at least $1 increments to surpass the current bid. If you have given CCRS a maximum bid, they will post in dollar increments until your max is reached. Online bidding will end Sunday Nov 15, 2021 at 1pm. Winners will be notified the following week and payment can be made by check or credit card. Plants can be shipped in Nov or local winners can also arrange to pick up plants in Fallbrook, CA. Winning bidders in cold climates may elect to have their roses shipped in the Spring.
Proceeds from the auction will go toward an import of roses from gardens in France, Spain, Italy and Hungary. Some of the exciting varieties in this year’s auction were made possible with the help of the Budateteny Rose Garden in Budapest, which sent cuttings for rooting to John and Becky Hook in France, a few years ago. One of the varieties we are offering is the famous ‘Mrs. Miniver’ rose. The UK Telegraph newspaper wrote an excellent article called Mrs Miniver: the wartime rose that almost vanished forever. This variety was down to one last plant, just a few years ago! Also, a one-of-kind is the tea rose, ‘Princess Marie Dagmar’ which was saved from extinction by John Hook. Aside from the extremely rare historical varieties, there are also some hard-to-find exhibitors choices. Hybrid teas like ‘Atlas’, ‘Leah June’ and ‘Vatican’; floribundas like ‘Barbecue’, ‘Tommy Bright’ and ‘Wedding Cake’; miniatures like ‘Akiko San’ and ‘Silk Pierrine’ and even OGR types such as 'Mademoiselle Mathilde Lenaerts’ and 'Comtesse Cécile de Chabrillant' should have great appeal to heritage rose enthusiasts. Admirers of English roses should be especially interested in ‘Evalyn Jane’, a sport of David Austin’s ‘The Squire’.
Even if your garden doesn’t have room for another plant, this promises to be the most fun a rose grower can have without leaving the comfort of their own home.