|Ketchup and Mustard, a floribunda from Weeks Roses.|
|This grandiflora, Stike it Rich, is also from Weeks.|
Weeks Roses, an old and reliable wholesale rose grower, recently went bankrupt. Jackson and Perkins Roses, one of the oldest and most respected growers, went into bankruptcy last year. Weeks grew a lot of Jackson and Perkins plants and were owed money for the roses they were growing for the larger grower. When J and P went under, they pulled Weeks along with them. Here a summation of comments I found on the web relating to the bankruptcy:
"Gardens Alive purchases Weeks Nursery in Bankruptcy. Gardens Alive is part of the Spring Hill and Michigan Bulb Company, two companies that have a reputation for poor quality plants."
That doesn't give much encouragement for new and exciting, high-quality roses coming along. But for eating, fragrance and flavor, the old fashioned shrub roses are still available to us, thanks to Antique Rose Emporium and others like them.