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it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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a rose is a rose is a rose

AFAIK, there is no rose named Gertrude Stein. This seems to me a great oversight.

However, there are a lot of other roses, and I hiked up to the Elizabeth Park rose garden and saw some today.

I did notice that while there were any number of bumblebees and hornets doing their pollinating thing, honeybees did seem awfully sparse. But I saw this one, working merrily away:

And also a dragonfly on the climbers....

One of the things I love about Elizabeth Park is that it has a lot of older roses, singles and doubles, which have an amazing amount of scent. The photos can't begin to capture my favorite thing about the garden, which is that as you walk through it, you find yourself walking through a mosaic of different, varied rose scents. And they are all different: some are sweet, some are pungent, some are almost acrid.

And some of the rose bushes have been there for what I would conservatively estimate as A Good Long Time.

Is this one red enough for you, commodorified?

I like the red ones best, of course, but there's other options--midnight blue, silver-white, one that's velvet-red on the inside and bone-white on the outside of each petal. And yellow, of course....

And variegated....

This one is a test rose: it doesn't yet have a name....

I didn't get a picture of one of my favorites, carefree delight, a sprawling pink shrub rose with tons of scent and tiny wild-rose style single blossoms.

But of course no serious rose garden could be complete without this plant, which I was lucky to catch at all: it was almost over, only a few blooms left on an eight-foot climber.

Sweet, ancient eglantine....

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:
There sleeps Titania sometime of the night,
Lull'd in these flowers with dances and delight.

A Midsummer Night's Dream  II.i

Tags: horticulture (no really: horticulture)

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