Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Rosa chinensis minima, Rosa 'Bengal Fire', and Rosa primula: the roses in China Valley have started in April

Each of these roses has something special going for it: R. chinensis minima is a small rose, ours is about 2' tall, with clean foliage and nicely fragrant flowers. 'Bengal Fire' is a thornless rose, honestly, completely thornless; you could dive naked into it, it's quite sizeable, and whatever other injuries you sustained, you wouldn't be scratched by a thorn! Its flowers have the beauty of simplicity and it is purportedly more resistant to fungi than the Knockout family. Wow. Rosa primula, the earliest rose in bloom, emits a light pleasant fragrance from both its flowers and its foliage.

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