The first roses of the season, including Our Pearl, bred by my friend the late Paul Jerabek, which is the first rose to bloom in the Spring, and the last to stop blooming in the late Fall. I thought the chive blossoms were also pretty.
On Thursday this week the Plain Dealer had an article about my friend and former choir member Paul Jerabek about his skills and career as a rose breeder and grower. Janet Fillmore, the Plain Dealer reporter who wrote the story, had written about Paul last year upon his retirement from the Euclid Avenue Congregational Church choir, which I’ve directed for the past 23 years, after seventy years. I am privileged to have one of Paul’s roses, “Our Pearl” in my garden, named after the late EACC staff member Pearl Doray upon her retirement from the church. It almost always blooms late into the Fall, almost until Christmas. I sometimes refer to it as our Christmas Rose.