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November 04, 2005



She is beautiful.

Patricia Tryon

But still! ONE rose. I'm afraid that I'm terribly unsentimental about roses. If they don't perform with minimal coaching (i.e., care) on my part, they get shovel pruned pretty quickly. Oh, I'm a hard hearted one, all right, but on our tiny patch, it's a necessary approach.


I have a rosa bartleby too, although most people would call it souvenir de malmaison. The slightest touch of damp is enough to keep buds from opening, I figured out that if I gently pulled the outer layer of petals away, sometimes it would open. Ah, but when one does open! She's of the House of Bourbon, so she's not only beautiful, she's wonderfully fragrant so I continue to humor her.

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