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Plantidote of the Day 2011-05-04

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Just because they're really, really beautiful and you can never have too many roses. So until the neighbor with the great garden tells me to get lost, we're in luck!

I'm not sure what variety these are. The flowers are about 5" or 6" in diameter and have had the scent bred out -- :-( -- but they're still awesome. They remind me of the Flemish flower paintings, which is a very nice thing to be reminded of.

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Submitted by lambert on

I'm old-fashioned that way...

Submitted by Elliott Lake on

and while it is undeniably pretty, I prefer antiques (Damasks and Gallicas for this Z4 garden) and species roses. Since I no longer work in someone else's nursery, I've devoted the 'identifying tea roses' corner of my memory to other things.

A great book on roses is Peter Beales' Roses...gorgeous pics, descriptions, history, charts of colors and scents... you'll feel like gnawing on the corners of the book.

By the way, here's a phenomenology tidbit for rosarians; in the north, the dandelions go to seed when the first roses flower. In my garden that's Rosa primula, the incense rose... should be in about two weeks if the snow stays gone.

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Submitted by twig on

for passing that along. What a great Mother's Day gift it would make. Maybe if I hint loudly enough ...

By the way, there are some more roses coming next week that you may like. One's a shrub rose growing wild here -- different and interesting!