My Daddy's Roses

October 17, 2014 4:09 PM

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My Daddy's Roses

He grew them in every place that we lived, with Montgomery, AL becoming a masterpiece. Cars would slow to admire them; neighbors made strolling down to look at his garden an afternoon event, having a drink, sitting on the wall, just enjoying the display. The aroma was intoxicating in the late afternoon heat and humidity.

He had many favorites: Tropicana, Mr. Lincoln, Oregold, Dolly Parton, Queen Elizabeth come to mind. Over the years he tried several white varieties, with little success; as he explained it, "Maybe they are a little too pure... any blemishes are more noticeable and they are more susceptible to all so...

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