Who can’t appreciate the beauty and aroma of a rose?  Souvenir de la Malmaison, originally known as “the Queen of Beauty and Fragrance,  received its new name when someone from the Russian Imperial Court obtained a cutting from the Empress Josephine’s garden at Malmaison. This “antique” rose was bred in 1843, and is a very petite, low-growing push that rarely gets taller than 3-feet.  Mine is probably shorter!  But it’s hard to complain when it produces it’s blush pink blooms that smell so intensely it’s hard to believe it’s real!  I’ve had my bush for over 12-years now, and it’s tucked in between an agave plant and a rosemary bush.  I’ve had no problem incorporating roses into my very low-water-use garden, feeding them and a couple of fruit trees a little supplmental water once a week via a drip system.  I have 4-specimens that I planted and 1-volunteer, each one a different color of the rainbow: yellow, orange, pink, red and purple (or silver as rose enthusiasts refer to purple roses.)  All of my bushes have thrived except for one: my Ingrid Bergman bush perished…I’m not sure why.

What’s your favorite rose?  I’d love to hear!  Be a spark in the world!



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