Jul. 20, 2018


A lot of roses have escaped cultivation to our fields, thickets and roadsides.  If you see a double wild rose, it will be one of the fugitives.  But it will be a problem to tell which one.  Hardly anything has been stirred up more by horticulture than the rose gene pool.  So we end up with French rose as a name for a certain segment of the garden rose spectrum.  When a specimen is turned in to a herbarium, and can't be neatly identified, it is labelled "undetermined".  I bet there are a bunch of roses in those folders.  So maybe a rose is a rose, we should settle for that, and go watch "An Affair to Remember".  Or "Sleepless".