I first started hearing about Quietness when I moved to South Carolina some seven years ago. So, I did a little research and found it's a Griffith Buck rose, but wasn't introduced until 2003; twelve years after Mr. Buck's passing.
How did this happen?
The good folks at Roses Unlimited, Pat Henry and Bill Patterson, began collecting Mr. Buck's roses long ago. Included in them were some unreleased varieties. Pat and Bill planted them in their garden, watched them and slowly released a few. Quietness is one of those.
By the way Pat, Bill and their rose nursery are one of the unsung rose treasures in the United States.
I first saw this rose in the garden of Carol Meyer, a dear friend who lives in Spartanburg, SC. Carol told me it was one of the easiest keepers in her garden. The bush was fully foliated, upright and just covered in clouds of large, soft pink blooms. And to my delight they were fragrant!
I love a rose that rewards the olfactory in all of us!
I took some cuttings to propagate at my old nursery and never looked back. For us this rose defined the phrase "we can't keep it in stock". Every time we released new ones on the website they were gone in an eye blink. As other nurseries also added this rose to their collection its fame began to spread.
A real word of mouth rose.
If you are looking for a stunning, soft pink, non stop blooming, smell-o-rama experience, than Quietness is the rose for you.
Here are the specifics
- Buck, light pink, Zone 5 - Introduced in 2003 by Roses Unlimited - Growth Size & Characteristics are: midsize shrub (3'-5'), fragrant, repeat flowering, cutting
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