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Old 03-04-2014, 01:08   #1
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My first Rugosa bloom and buds of 2014 (the little white flowers are Santa Barbara Daisies). It's a Jen's Munk that I planted about 3 years ago. The plant's only about 18" high, but maybe this year it'll have a growth spurt. I wish I could share the scent with you - it's just heavenly.



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I'd love a little rose scent right now with all the snow about. I do like flowers and have had lovely flower gardens in the past. Sadly, can't keep up with the gardening involved so have returned many beds back to lawn.

I have a pink blooming cyclamen in the house right now for a bit of Spring - no scent, though.

I also like to paint flowers. They make happy paintings.

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I've got a blooming Cyclamen in the house too VeeJay. I bought it in full bloom last May and it continued to bloom until October through November and then it started to bloom again in December. It's a lovely deep pink.

Your pic is beautiful Jen, did you choose it because of the name?

My flower beds are jaded because of the heat and lack of rain. I have my bulbs ready to plant later this month.

My partner used to bring cut flowers home each week, enough to fill several vases. The house always smelled fresh and welcoming.

Although my garden is full of flowering native trees and shrubs I like to plant flowering plants, so the garden looks bright but also to be able to cut some for inside. Cut flowers from the shop are very expensive here.

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.......Your pic is beautiful Jen, did you choose it because of the name?....
The name of the rose was sort of a bonus! I love old roses (the Gallicas, Mosses, Chinas, etc.) and was looking for a well-behaved Rugosa to liven up my tiny rose garden. The description on the nursery's web site indicated a spreading, 2' tall plant. Subsequent reading frightens me though - I've seen the Jens Munk defined in the 3-4' category. Yikes! I'll need a machete to get in through the garden gate.

It's funny. I love cut flowers but when I grow them they always seem so happy blooming in place that I usually just leave them in the garden. I'm such a pushover!

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I should have mentioned that a posy of violets makes my heart sing.

When I was just a little girl, around 5yo, I was hospitalised for some months. In those days Australian Hospitals only allowed visitors on Sundays. I'm sure you can imagine how difficult that was for the patients especially children.

I had a wonderful ward nurse who used to push my bed out onto the enclosed verandah so that I would be able to see my mum and dad walking on the street towards the hospital.

Every Sunday without fail they brought be a posy of fresh violets - I've never forgotten being enfolded in my parents' arms and the sweet, sweet smell of those violets.

So yes, I'm a sucker for lavish bouquets but give me a small posy of violets and I'm yours!

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Looooove everything that grows Can't have much indoors though, one of my cats even go for cacti and I'm scared since many of the indoor plaants are poisonous for cats.
Outdoors is a different matter, trees, bushes, perennials, annuals and veggies. Used to be a dahlia-nerd but since we moved here the Spanish killer slugs finished them all of. Lovely in spring when various bulbs are in bloom, the perennials turn up and in the greenhouse different seeds are sprouting.
Some months I can't do much (rheumatic) in the garden but still keep adding flower beds and veggie patches. I'd rather have tons of weeds among the flowers than a big well-trimmed lawn!
The perennials are my favourites, they almost become friends over the years but also have a soft spot for any climber.

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Looooove everything that grows Can't have much indoors though, one of my cats even go for cacti and ....
We, too, have a cat who seems to have a yen for plants. He nibbles the leaf edges so they all look serrated. His most recent favorite is a diefennbachia. Poor thing (and I don't mean the cat!)...it looks like it would slap him if it could!

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I have a white damascus rose that is absolutely heavenly smelling -- it is a sucker from one brought from Ohio to MO, 150 years ago! We have not been able to identify it, despite efforts from the local rose club, too! It only blooms once, in June, and it spreads like wildfire, though, and is VERY thorny.

I used to save the blooms in sugar, to make Indian sweets -- yes, the scent is THAT strong!

We also have some more showy climbers -- I am particularly fond of the color-changing varieties!

That's a lovely photo, Jen! And like VeeJay, that makes me long for the blooming season, while we have SNOW on the ground.

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Linda - pictures are required . I wish I had room for a Damascus or any of the larger old roses. I've had to move all the roses that survived the drought-driven deer raid of the past couple of years into a tiny 300 square foot fenced area. It looks as though not one more plant can fit in there! It'll be interesting to see if it's a riot of happy blooming plants this year, or if everything's so crowded that nothing thrives.

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I still love the wild honeysuckle best of all, for its redolence. In the spring our yard is a mat of little wild violets, and I won't let OWC mow until they're finished blooming.

We have a few survivors from the years when we tried to establish selected 'tame' flowers . . . lovely irises which grow about anywhere & never die, and a few patches of perennial hardy geraniums - not the annual zonal ones.




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