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Attack of the Swamp Rose

I decided to buy what is reputed to be a repeat-blooming swamp rose. [Most species roses bloom once a year, like azaleas]. The swamp rose, Rosa palustris, is a North American native, and because my dad’s ancestral home is in a Mississippi swamp, Bob calls me “Swamp Rose.” The fact that this was reputed to be a once-blooming cultivar sold me on it. Continue reading

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On thorns, and thornless rose recommendations

On thorns I love the fact that roses have thorns.  I think their silky-soft petals, gorgeous colors, and sensuous scents coupled with razor-sharp, bloodthirsty thorns make a piquant combination.  But not everybody feels the way I do.  So here are … Continue reading

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Structure 2: Arches

Here Lulu leads the way into the backyard.   We got her from the Frankfort humane society in 1998, shortly after we bought the house. Arches are some great bang for the buck for a lot of reasons: They point out … Continue reading

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Garden May 2012

  This spring we must have gotten the right weather at the right time, because everything bloomed wonderfully [if terrifyingly early].  Here are photos.   The big one trying to tear down the porch at left is Awakening.  Bob said he … Continue reading

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The argument for once-blooming roses: Exhibit A

If you are lucky enough to live in Zone 7 or south, you can grow White Lady Banks [Rosa Banksiae] and Yellow Lady Banks, and this lovely: Rosa fortuniana.  It’s thought to be a naturally occurring hybrid between white Lady … Continue reading

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