Monday, June 1, 2015

Wonderful, Fragrant and Floriferous

Add tough as any weed, garage and fence gobbling, dog pleasing and show stopping, and you've just described the majority of old garden roses, like the ones below.  Rosa Mundi, aka Rosa gallica versicolour.  A sport of the Apothecary's Rose, aka Rosa gallica officianalis, this striped wonder not only fills the air with fragrance for weeks in the late spring, but gives the dogs a nice shady spot in the summer to hang out under.  It gets no water other than rainwater, no pests dare to sully its leaves and flowers and it's easy to start from cuttings, or since it's on its own roots, a clump dug up with reward the new owner with their own show in a few years.
The last pix is of another OGR of much repute for fragrance, 'Celsiana', a Damask rose of the purest pink known to man.  Like 'Mundi', tough and reliable, and as an added bonus, I've gotten a few fall blooms from this once-bloomer!

 Cricket shows where 'Mundi' is reverting back to its parent, 'Apothecary's Rose', the dark pink blooms with no stripes

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