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Plantidote of the Day 2013-01-28

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mini rose

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Rose

I don't know about you, but something bright and cheerful seems appropriate for a mid-winter Monday morning. So here we go -- a mini-rose bush (about 6" high) from the supermarket. Sometimes these things die awfully fast. This one lasted longer than any of the others, and actually bloomed twice before going to that big rose garden up yonder. While it was here, though, it really was an excellent rose bush. Unlike some varieties, this one was fragrant. And as the flowers aged, they changed color, fading to a beautiful ivory color (see below). If you ask me, that's a pretty good return on an investment of $4.99!

TK

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Submitted by lambert on

But it's sad about the supermarket roses. IIRC, the Japanese beetles didn't go for my beach roses last year -- they were too busy infesting the raspberry bushes!

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi

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Submitted by twig on

but why on earth would anyone decide to remove the fragrance from roses, for crying out loud? Why not tackle something that smells bad instead of wonderful? Talk about a waste of time ....

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." -- Albert Einstein

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Submitted by Cujo359 on

It sometimes seems a shame what we do to roses. There used to be rose bushes that could live through just about anything. Now, we have some that are more like annuals.

Those do look nice, though.

Submitted by lambert on

Tough as all get-out. And nice scent!

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

What color are your beach roses?
I love them. They grow wild all along the south shore of Long Island and also along the shore of SE Rhode Island. They always make me happy!

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Submitted by twig on

I'm not that far from the Pacific coast, but have never seen anything like those here. I wonder why.

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." -- Albert Einstein

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

Must be a special brew of Gulf Stream, sandy dunes , Nor-Easters ... and the Atlantic Ocean :)

They also blossom in pure white ... when you see the fuchsia and white clustered near eachother it's extra special beautiful!

Now you made me curious to look into where these roses (also called "rose hips," I believe) grow and why.