"Learning to knit was a snap. It was learning how to stop that nearly destroyed me."
Erma Bombeck

Saturday, April 24, 2010

"Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming ...."

This is 'Constance Spry', I purchased it many years ago from the Antique Rose Emporium. A vigorous climber, the flowers of ‘Constance Spry’ are perfectly gorgeous. Large, cupped, and cabbagey, the double flowers are perfectly pink and have a potent and unique scent of myrrh. The vigorous canes can be pruned to form a large shrub. This rose has survived some extreme neglect in my back yard.

The exquisite 'Ballerina' rose.

I planted a pair of these on either side of our gate after we got our picket fence two years ago. Ballerina’ produces clouds of small, single, pink roses with white eyes on a compact arching bush with thick foliage. When the leaves begin to thin in the late fall, the entire bush is lit up with tiny orange-red hips like bright Christmas lights.

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