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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

August 13, 2012
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Rosa Rugosa

The adjective “rugose” comes from the Latin word meaning “wrinkled.”  The phrase “rugosa rose” means “tougher than nails”—at least in my personal garden dictionary. Rosa rugosa is an eastern Asian species rose, notable for its heavily veined, wrinkly leaves and … Continue reading