Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Shropshire Lass the most fleeting of English Roses

It is no secret that I am a fan of the English Roses, especially those from David Austin.  This particular rose, "Shropshire Lass" is one of the few single roses that make the category.   Barely.  
Whereas most of the other English Roses will bloom repeatedly this blooms only once.  Just one fleeting day I get the most perfectly pink fading to nearly white blossoms.  Given the size of the bush (nearly5 diameter and over 6 foot tall) one would expect it to be a hardy bloomer, but its wild rose parentage in the mix interceded and allows it to bloom only once a year.   I'll take it for its fleeting beauty is so special.

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