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January 22, 2017
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The Incense Rose

Rose lovers owe a lot to English breeder, David Austin, who over the past several decades has led a movement among breeders that has re-introduced fragrance into the world of garden roses.  For several decades after World War II, rose … Continue reading

August 8, 2016
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Rosa Multi-Prickle

I have just done battle with a formidable opponent—one that is tenacious, heavily armed and fully equipped to go on fighting for decades.  This enemy of civilized horticulture has no scruples, guiding ethos or any closet-bound skeletons that would make … Continue reading

May 31, 2016
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The Changeable Rose

The more I know of the shrub rose, Rosa ‘Mutabilis’, the more I believe it is a metaphor for life.  Think of it–the tightly furled buds are a saucy peach shade that speaks of the flirtatiousness of youth.  Those racy … Continue reading