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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

February 9, 2015
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Purple and Gold

For several years, one of the big mail order nurseries has touted a lovely combination of climbing plants: the stalwart, yellow-flowered rose, ‘Golden Showers,’ and the purple clematis, ‘Etoile Violette.’  The two make a lovely color combination when they grow … Continue reading

January 6, 2014
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Buff Beauty

It has been a long time coming, but someone has finally made a sensible pronouncement about roses.  English garden writer, Charles Quest-Ritson, opines as follows in the December issue of Gardens Illustrated: “The traditional wisdom is that you should spray … Continue reading