Tuesday, January 10, 2006

The past week has alternated between cool, crisp and clear days and warm, sunny ones. Lots of new growth in the garden, including my roses. I got a new camera recently, Konica's Dimage -- a remarkably flexible and inexpensive camera. Below: 'Saint Patrick,' 'Ducher,' 'John F. Kennedy," R. chinensis 'Viridiflora' (a.k.a., 'The Green Rose'). I love that 'St. Patrick' is nearly as beautiful fully blown (below) as it is in bud. That's a good thing, since 'St. Patrick' is a remarkably long-lived rose, lasting two weeks on the bush and nearly that long in a vase. 'Viridiflora' is a much underappreciated flowers -- the warmest most books say is "an oddity." I really love green flowers, and this one, with its reddish hints and its strong peppery smell, is very striking. Note that the flower really isn't one -- it's just a freakish conglomeration of sepals.

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