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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Granny Gazzie’s Rose

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Granny Gazzie’s rose is in full bloom and perfuming my yard with it’s sweet scent. I have it growing in three different places. Now that I think about it the roses form a triangle around the Blind Pig house.

The other day I noticed someone had cut two blooms and placed them in a jar of water on my desk. I knew Chatter had been home that day so I assumed it was her. I was wrong it was The Deer Hunter and he says he tried to tell me it was him but I wasn’t listening 🙂

The rose is an old fashioned variety and only blooms once a summer. Even though the blooms quickly fade it’s the prettiest color of pink I’ve ever seen and the smell is just amazing.

I wonder what Granny Gazzie would think if she knew a cutting from her rose bush was enriching the life of her granddaughter’s family all these years later. If the rose came from her mother or grandmother I wonder if she had the same thought while pondering the beauty of the rose.


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.

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  • Reply
    Leon Estes
    May 20, 2018 at 5:06 am

    Thank you for sharing this photo of your rose. My wife bought me a bush for my birthday about 4 years ago. It was a pick “Knockout” rose. It still blooms and I am reminded of her love for me – – as I am when I see her in the mornings!

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    lynn legge
    May 20, 2018 at 2:19 am

    tipper I’m sure granny gazzie is smiling down knowing you are enjouing her roses…much love to you..have a blessed sunday

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    b. Ruth
    May 19, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    I love vintage roses…I had a couple of my grandmothers for years…until we had to move…tried to save one from Mom’s but it failed…I have rooted roses under glass jars…but tricky. I read online not long ago to take a good cutting at a joint not a bloom joint and push it into a potato…plant the potato and that should do it without any or very little care…I have a vintage pink rose that is a monthly bloomer and plan on giving this trick a try to see if it really works…I used to grow a lot of roses and show roses years ago…It is a full time because of fungus and black spot on our hill…not counting keeping them groomed properly and fed monthly…etc. More work than raising children and that is a real challenge nowadays..
    Loved this post..
    Check out the Face book page Vintage roses and they will thrill you with a named vintage rose every day…describe its growth, it’s parents and whether it is a monthly bloomer, yearly or ever blooming..also the colorations and fragrance or not…love this rose site…In fact the a week or so ago, they posted a big fluffy pink rose very similar to yours…and it had vintage back to the early eighteen hundreds…I can’t think of the name for the life of me…but it got lots of likes and loves …LOL

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    Pamela Danner
    May 19, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    Oh how gorgeous! I remember one like this from when I was a child. The color was the same and the smell just wonderful! Do you know the name of the rose? That is one I would love to get!

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    Papaw Ammons
    May 19, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    I have my father in law’s rose bush next to my back deck. We moved it after he died in 1987. It comes out every spring and looks pretty and green. After the weather starts to get warmer the leaves start to turn yellow and fall off but it still blooms out a beautifully. The blooms are faded already and all the leaves gone so it’s done for the year. It will be back next Spring like it has for 31 years. My wife didn’t get to see it this Spring but she did get to see her mother and father.

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    betty stephenson
    May 19, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    i just adore roses and find its always the old fashioned ones that have the most beautiful smells the rosrs these days dot seem to have much at all also love lilly of the valley and violets they also have such a great smell for such a small flower

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    May 19, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    I’m real sentimental about plants too. Mama’s favorite rose is about done for this year. I was out smelling it this morning,
    knowing I won’t get to again until next April.

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    May 19, 2018 at 11:36 am

    I love the old roses because of their scent. The scent has been breed out of the newer roses because everyone wants showy blooms. Your Granny Gazzie’s roses are spectacular. My youngest daughter is a floral designer and roses like yours are called garden roses. Mama had some beautiful roses, and I tried to root one following directions I found, but it didn’t work.

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    Ken Roper
    May 19, 2018 at 10:55 am

    I noticed Mama’s Snowball tree in Bloom sometime last week. When she was alive, she had lots of flowers around the house. I remember my friend Jim Casada once said the Snowball was his favorite. I never thought much about flowers, but I like their Smell.

    One time at Topton Church, I remember a Funeral, and after they got the Body out, the Funeral
    Director had me to jump up in the Hearst and reach him all the Flowers. I was little then, but I couldn’t wait to get out of that Ambulance, and it turned me against the Smell of Roses for years. It’s strange how life works! …Ken

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    Wanda Devers
    May 19, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Flowers passed down are so precious to me. I have French hollyhocks and four o’clocks that came from Mama. I have her aloe vera too, but it’s about to die–I am no good with indoor plants but have managed to keep part of this for almost seven yrs.

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    May 19, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Granny’s rose looks like one I have growing along an archway on my road. The bush used to be half the size of a VW until I lost one and had to cut the other way back due to a Wisteria’s choking hands. My ex-husband and I went to a family reunion in September many years ago and visited his grandparent’s old, vacant homeplace where the rose bushes had taken over the yard. I cut a sprout, placed it in a bucket of soil and covered it with a glass jar until spring of the next year. Mine hasn’t bloomed yet. It’s usually around the first week in June before I’m blessed with a pink mountain of perfume.

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    Ed Karshner
    May 19, 2018 at 9:11 am

    I love those old roses. Your end thought is such a nice sentiment. I think about that when my wife uses her grandma’s giant mixer to teach Alex how to bake or my son reads in his great-grandpa’s chair. Those connections matter and so it goes on.

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    May 19, 2018 at 6:45 am

    We have I believe the same rose, it is of an old variety, we got a sprig of it from a dear friend of ours and it was her GrandMothers rose, so we know it’s at least 100+ yrs old, the smell is amazing but it will take a place if not careful We first planted it next to the house and I got afraid it would eventually come up in the livingroom at the rate it was spreading. and I’m still fighting it to keep it down, all thou I love the smell and the look, I named it the Rose from _ _ LL because it spread so fast so I replanted it away from the house, but it hasn’t grown and spread as fast as it did next to the house. I think I hurt it’s feelings.

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    Miss Cindy
    May 19, 2018 at 6:41 am

    The rose is beautiful, I can almost smell it. The Deer Hunter is a sweetheart! Does the rose bush grow easily? maybe I could grow one n my yard. I’d like to have a Granny Gazzie Rose in my yard. I don’t ever remember having a rose bush.

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