I think the idea of antique roses is so romantic! This cluster is part of a small hedge that my mom estimates to be almost 100 years old. We have some old photos of the cottage (built in 1925) and I think I have seen these roses in it!
It seems silly, but ever Summer when they bloom we rejoice that they have lived another year. We don't really tend them - a little dead heading now and then and some fertilizer, but that's all. And they are strong and as healthy as if we just put them in. Love it!
Do you have any plants (or sentimental trees) that have graced your property for a long time? Doesn't it feel good to know that they will probably be there long after we're gone?
I tell you, Mother Nature knows what she's doing.