On my quest through Golden Gate Park to find the Fuchsia Dell last weekend, I swung by the Rose Garden to see what was happening. The Rose Garden was established in 1961 as a location for the SF chapter of the Rose Society to test out new varieties. There are three types of roses at the garden. Hybrid tea the most popular. Their long stems make them one of the better cut flowers, but they often don’t have a scent. Grandifloras are the big flowered, large shruby roses. According to wikipedia they were hot from the 50′s through the 80′s. Floribundas have tons of flowers.
One of my problems with roses is that they all have dorky/mushy names. Kind of like the frou frou peony names. It would be hard for me to buy a plant named ‘Scentimental’. If ‘Strike it Rich’ was named ‘Gold Digger’ I’d think about it. It’s still pretty unlikely that I’d plant a rose in our garden.
It’s perfect, except for the black spots all over the leaves. I make fun, but I’m not a rose hater.
It’s like a warm sunset in Jamaica.
What a lonely name for such a sweet rose.
Even Julia Child has a rose named after her.
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