I will always make room for roses in my garden, but Paul’s Himalayan Musk is a favorite. It is a rambler that blooms in late April, and if I’m lucky, I’ll have blush-pink blooms until my birthday in late May.
I find this rose so special because when I first moved into my home in 2002, I wasn’t too selective about my roses. I bought roses from big box stores and local nurseries. I planted roses that were given to me. I propagated.
Paul’s Himalayan Musk was purchased from a rose nursery on the Internet. I started with a 5-inch slip that quickly took over the tree in my front yard. That is what ramblers do. They are meant to take over–fence, tree or house. Nothing gets in the way of their growth.
I am told that you prune a rambler after it blooms. Recently, I read in a local publication that fall was the time to prune ramblers.
When Paul’s Himalayan Musk hangs from a tree, you can guide it back into the tree. When allowed to hang from the tree and into the yard, I don’t want to walk into its thorns. This is a rose that likes its freedom, but you can still cut it back to suit you and your landscaping. Then you can sit back and wait for its blooms in the spring.