Saturday, February 22, 2014

Wow...a few gallons of "nutrient soup" and a rare deep watering and my 'Mme. Antoine Mari' Tea Rose went nuts! VERY drought resistant, it has thrived for easily 7 years in a buried, 4 gallon Water Wise Container Garden in a dry bed by my neighbor's concrete driveway and the hot street. The scent, while not incredible as in many Old Roses, nonetheless puts that of many/most modern roses to shame. It never sets hips, but in April I am DEFINITELY using its pollen on 'Seagull' and "Barfield White Climber". I bought my specimen from Mark Chamblee Roses back then. This lovely rose came out in the year 1900.

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