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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The first rose of summer

Just Joey can be relied on to produce the first roses of the new season. This standard is sixteen years old, planted by Richard when we first moved to Thatchwick Cottage. Its stem is thick and gnarled. its roots go deep judging from its resilience to my sometimes erratic watering. It is a full blown rose which does not last well indoors in a vase. But the bees love its generous open center.

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