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June 24th, 2014

Yesterday, as we were driving down the driveway, I noticed a lovely pink flower out of the corner of my eye. When we arrived home a few hours later I walked down to inspect it. This is what I found:
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This is down at the edge of the woods right by the old stone foundation from the original homestead that was built on this property back in the late 1800’s. No doubt this rose, along with the lilac that blooms nearby were brought and planted by the lady of the house. I don’t know much about heirloom roses, looks like I have a new topic to read about this coming winter. If any of you have any recommendation for books on the topic be sure to let me know.
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It’s a beautiful rose, the perfect shade of pink and very fragrant. It’s hard to believe that this plant, along with a few others, has been living here for three times as long as I have been alive or maybe even longer. Since this rose has been living in this garden for so many years I know it will be a good one to propagate. I’ll be out when it’s finished blooming taking cuttings and hoping to add more just like it throughout the gardens.  I was looking at the heirloom roses plant and it looks a lot like ‘Blush Hip’ rose.
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When I get plants started I’ll be sure to pot one up for my mom. She appreciates a plant with history just as much as I do. We both have plants in our gardens that came from the house she grew up in, plants she remembers being in the gardens at the house when they moved in when she was 3 or 4 years old.

Do you have any heritage plants in your garden?

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