Tombstone's "Shady Lady"
Lady Banks Rose
Rosa = A woody perennial of the genus Rosa.
Lady Banks Rose, a species of rosa, also known as, Rosa Banksiae.
The Lady Banks Rose was brought to Europe by William Kerr, after being sent on a plant_hunting expedition by Sir Joseph Banks.
The Lady Banks Rose is named after Lady Banks the wife of the eminent botanist Sir Joseph Banks.
It is a vigorous climber, practically thorn-less rambler. with its long elegant canes that will climb to the top of any nearby tree, shrub,fence or arbor.
So it would seem, according to Guinness World Of Records, the world's largest rosebush was planted in Tombstone, Arizona, in 1885 and is still flourishing today in the city's hot and sunny climate. This rose bush now covers a whopping 8,000 square feet of the roof on an inn, and has a 12-foot circumference trunk.
Tombstone is home to quite a "Lady". Many people have never heard of or even witnessed her elegance. In the month of April she adorns herself beyond compare. She embellishes herself with remarkable grace and the waft of her fragrance can be noticed throughout the streets. Age has not dampened this "Lady's" charm it has in fact enticed many to specifically visit Tombstone.
Be sure to read the story and visit the "Lady" here. Tombstone
The flowers of the Lady Banks yellow rose, are faintly scented, small (about an inch in diameter), double clusters and butter yellow in color. When in bloom,the clusters of flowers can cover the entire plant. A spectacular beauty to behold.
The frequency of blooms is only once during late spring. The blooms are very small and double. However, they grow in clusters and can cover the entire plant during the bloom period. The will last about four weeks.
The flowers are great for cutting, slightly fragrant and showy.
The Lady Banks Rose is an easy to care for plant. It requires support, full sun to partial shade. Regular watering, however, once established it is quite hardy and drought resistant. Although in areas with extreme heat it will of course require more watering.
A fast growing climber - 15 to 20 feet tall and wide.
This rose is best pruned in the summer time, after flowering. Shaping and shortening the canes by about one-third of their length will leave you with a more attractive plant.It grows on last years growth so it is important to prune after the blooming period. If pruned before it will not have any flowers. It can easily cover a fence, trellis or arbor. Bringing a romantic look to the garden.
Easy to prune and train as it is a thorn-less rambler with long elegant canes.
The soil is very important. It is best to have soil that is rich in nutrients and organic matter. You can achieve this by adding organic fertilizers and manure to the soil. This way your Lady Banks Rose will get all the nutrients it needs and will grow to be a healthy happy plant. However,
Propagate by hardwood cuttings in autumn or by budding in summer.
Taking rose cuttings Propagating roses by cuttings is easy, and it brings certain side benefits.
For easy step by step instructions to successfully grow roses from cutting , try this method:
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"LADY" Worlds Largest Rosebush
Fay Favored from USA on March 17, 2015:
Yellow roses are my favorite. I would love to add this to my rose collection.
Faythe Payne (author) from USA on June 02, 2013:
Ahh that is sad, about the rose and the peach trees..thanks for the visit.
Beth37 on June 02, 2013:
Oh, this hub makes me sad. I grew these exact flowers, yellow too. I bought a beautiful iron trellis, set it against a chimney and when we moved felt like I should leave it, of course. I drove by one day and they had taken it all down as well as cut down two peach trees I put in the front yard for shade. Sad face. :(
Good hub though! lol
Faythe Payne (author) from USA on March 20, 2013:
Thank You Gail Meyers..I would love to see that rose bush also.I am sure that it is well worth the space that it takes up..Glad you like the article and thank you for the vote up
Gail Meyers from Johnson County, Kansas on March 20, 2013:
What a stunning rose! It is amazing there is a rose bush still flourishing that was planted in 1885. I can not even fathom how gorgeous it must be in person to cover 8,000 square feet. I also love the idea about using potatoes for cuttings. I have never heard of such a thing before. Voted up and beautiful.
Faythe Payne (author) from USA on March 18, 2013:
grandmapearl I bet that garage looked beautiful..There is a Pink and a white variety as well..I wrote of the yellow because that is the one I have...Thank you for the votes up and the pin...
Connie Smith from Southern Tier New York State on March 18, 2013:
I loved learning about this beautiful rose. It reminded me of the one my husband's grandmother had growing on her garage. Actually it literally covered her garage with tiny, lightly fragrant roses. Hers were pink, but quite an impressive plant. At one point it had to be trimmed so they could get the car in and out!
Voted Up, Beautiful, Useful and Interesting; also pinned ;)