Thursday, March 24, 2011

"Fairmount Red"

Year four for this own root plant in a large restricted drainage tree pot....what a thrill to see and smell and breed with the rose that inspired my dozen years of roses studies at Denver's Fairmount Cemetery and that turned my mild interest in Old Roses back then into a life-shaping passion. Once bloomer, cold hardy in Denver and this year my specimen has begun suckering just as it does in Colorado! This suckering, and the saturated purplish-red color (darker in real life than in this photo), has long made me think it has a Gallica in its blood. Enjoy, John

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