The title of this blog entry is from Psalms 118:25 in the Bible, for those who are curious. Prosperity is the name of this clustering, white rose. It is one of the hybrid musk roses developed in the early 1900's by Joseph Pemberton.
This is the only whole bush shot I have at the moment. It shows just how prolific the blooms are on this plant when it is in full flush. The plant, like most hybrid musks, is either an arching bush or a short climber that blooms in flushes throughout the season.
You can see just how huge the bloom clusters often are. The fragrance can be wafting and noticeable when Prosperity is at full flush. I really noticed the fragrance when first coming across this rose at the Gardens of the American Rose Society in Shreveport a couple of years ago. That is what convinced me to get this rose.
Because of the pure white beauty of this rose, it is highly recommended as a wedding rose. Cut a whole cluster for a wonderful bouquet.
The leaves are dark green, somewhat small, and pretty resistant to disease. I don't spray and this rose has remained largely blackspot-free for me.
Sometimes the blooms open up more. They also have a pink tinge if the weather is cloudy or cooler.
The canes of this rose are fairly lax and don't get super long. I think that makes this one of the best candidates for a pillar rose. Many other climbers either get too long for a pillar or they have too stiff of canes. Like other hybrid musks, this one reportedly takes more shade than most roses, so it would be a great candidate for an area that gets partial shade.
I really love white roses and this is one of the best for my area. My only complaint against this rose is just how hard it is to deadhead so many blooms!