Tag Archives: Roses

Favorite Utah roses of 1917

For rose growers in the Intermountain West who are fans of Downton Abbey or the WWI era, I found a list of roses recommended for Utah in 1917 from the Logan Republican newspaper (March 6, 1917, “Planting of Roses,” Emil … Continue reading

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First and last blooms

Chapeau de Napoleon (AKA Crested Moss) just finished its bloom, making it the last of my once-blooming roses to complete its show. And what a show it was!                         … Continue reading

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Farewell to the Fall Flowers

We had a long, pleasant fall here in northern Utah, but it finally got cold enough to kill all the flowers. Along with some of the tough southwest natives like guara and agastache, my roses were among the last things … Continue reading

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Cemeteries in southeast Idaho

A couple of weekends ago I escaped from the blistering heat to go on a treasure hunt in the mountains of southeast Idaho. I had heard a rumor that a pioneer cemetery in the area had an old red rose … Continue reading

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My mutant Botzaris rose

When I first saw Redoute’s illustrations of proliferous roses — rose flowers sprouting directly from other rose flowers in a bizarre, beautiful chain — I thought they were some kind of nineteenth century practical joke, but according to UC Davis, … Continue reading

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Portlandica, the Duchess of Portland

One of the roses I ordered this year was the Duchess of Portland (which I’ve heard is more properly called Portlandica) and I have to sing her praises now. This rose first appeared in the late 1700s, and many experts … Continue reading

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Rose buds

The roses just started blooming in my garden over the last week, but while waiting for my favorite spring show, I’ve been watching the buds, which are sometimes as interesting as the flowers. Crested Moss, or Chapeau de Napoleon (Napoleon’s … Continue reading

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