I once had a beautiful Albertina rose that grew along a fence of my garden.
Of course a rose like Albertina would have preferred a wall to drape herself across.
Albertina is not a repeat flowering rose, she throws open all her blooms in quick succession. The glorious display of her flowers ends all to soon, especially if the weather is unsympathetic to her. In wind or rain she, was never at her best. We share that. I just get on with it and hope for a better day tomorrow. Albertina would end up bedraggled and would lose her petals like soft peachy-pink colored confetti.
The Albertina Rose was a Mother's Day present from my children. As was her opposite which was a very well behaved and easily controlled American Pillar Rose. Sadly I had to leave them both where they were planted when I moved house. I expect my Albertina rose was cut down as too labor intensive for one rose by the new owner.
Each year in the autumn, on a day which I would select as having the correct weather. That is on a day that was not windy or wet, I would have to prune and cut Albertina back, to keep her within our boundary. It was also important to reduce the weight as she grew against a wooden fence. When heavy with blossom I did not want her to bring down the fence.
Even wearing thick gloves and a long sleeved garment, the thorns would hook into my sweater. I would have to free myself gently to save us both from damage as i climbed down the step ladder.
I guess my Albertina Rose now only lives in my memories and imagination. However, she still blossoms there as a beautiful part of my past.
I now have a rose a similar color, though it is less flamboyant you could even describe her as demure in nature. The new rose does not try to take over the garden and continues to flower throughout the summer months. You can tell that I still think the world is a better place for the diversity of plants and for the existence of plants like the Albertina Rose.