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Garden roses inside

 When I first planned my lower garden 20 years ago, I was enthralled by antique roses and tried

to pick a rose from virtually every classification: Damask, Gallica, Moss, China, Noisette, Bourbon.

A living link to history. I “pruned with a shovel” varieties that were dogged by mildew or rust or

blackspot…even if they had lovely names like Variegata de Bologna, Charles de Mills. Some like

Comte de Chambord just up and died on me. I finally honed in on Bourbons…because they

had all the looks and heavenly scent of 18th century roses with the bred in ability to rebloom.

Above are a few favorite 19th century Bourbon roses from this morning: Icy pink Souvenir de

Malmaison, deep pink Deuil de Dr. Reynaud, and striped Honorine de Brabant.

More on white roses soon…