Seven Sisters' Ancestral Folklore
Several years ago, I moved back to the house I grew up in to look after my aging mother. She grew up in the house too; in fact, it is the only house she ever lived in. She likes the yard to look trimmed and sharp, and is particularly fond of an 80-plus-year-old rosebush that still characteristically bears its flowers in clusters and climbs the fence if we let it — heirloom roses called Seven Sisters. Being borne in clusters and changing colors as they age is the reason for their name. First, the buds open pink; then darken to red; then purple. Lastly, the flowers fade to a cream color. Full of personality, the Seven Sisters rose assures that you won’t have to settle for just one color. I recently learned that the Seven Sisters rose is native to China and was introduced to Britain in 1817 by Charles Greville. It quickly gained popularity in Europe and found its way across the ocean to America. I’m told my great-grandmother, born in what is now Slovakia, planted the rambling rosebush on a visit here and, for me, that’s all the more reason to keep it flourishing on homestead grounds. Plus…my mom is one of four sisters. Her mom ~ my grandmother ~ is one of three sisters. So, to me….that’s seven sisters! I’d like to think roots of the Seven Sisters rosebush in our yard run deep to Eastern Europe and further back to China. Now that’s some ancestral folklore!