William Shakespeare 2000

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This is the very first bloom of this David Austin rose, which I received as a trial plant. It is blooming so low to the ground that it was hidden by the leaf of another plant, and only a chance breeze revealed it. More buds higher up means I will be able to check the fragrance without prostrating myself.

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Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

What differentiates a bulb from a perennial plant is that the nourishment for the flower is stored within the bulb itself.…There is something miraculous about the way that a little grenade of dried up tissue can explode into a complete flower.

~Monty Don in The Complete Gardener pp. 142

3 Comments… add one

Kathy Purdy July 17, 2008, 9:13 am

You can read more about this rose here. It has so far been untouched by any disease. The foliage looks pristine. Most David Austin roses are not quite hardy enough for my area, so I consider this an experiment.

mss @ Zanthan Gardens July 17, 2008, 8:27 am

I love the form of this rose. Not so crazy about the color, though.

Lynn July 15, 2008, 10:13 am

breathtaking. I can practically smell it from here!

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