Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Hard to believe I have these ultra rare roses in my life again! Not only does 'Louis XIV' boast that decadent, saturated purple maroon color, the scent is incredible. I've since the late 80s been baffled as to why it is classified as a China Rose when it is a seedling of the red Hybrid Perpetual 'General Jacqueminot' from 1853 that created exactly 100 years before I was born. Here are pics of my original pre-drought plants. I love the golden apricot tones of 'E. Veyrat Hermanos', a wonderful climbing Tea Noisette.

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