Category Archives: Rose Stories

Travels in June, 2016

It was going to be a busy couple of weeks- California Cornish Cousins annual gathering the first weekend in June, looking for some new cemeteries to check for roses, home for a few days, then down to Pasadena for the … Continue reading

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Road trip- Cornish Cousins and lots of cemeteries

Part 1- Getting there is half the fun The first weekend of June was the California Cornish Cousins gathering in Grass Valley. They aren’t my actual cousins, they are other people of Cornish descent. And for those still wondering, Cornish … Continue reading

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Good Day, Bad Day

Back in December of 2011, I wrote a post about San Juan Bautista (link: here). Since then, I’ve continued my involvement in rose preservation efforts there. I’ve been there a number of times to help Carol, and with all her … Continue reading

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The Sweetheart Rose

Most people say it “Cecil Brunner”, and some are quite surprised to find out it’s “Cécile”. Formally she is known as ‘Mlle. Cécile Brunner’.  I’ve tried to call it that ever since I was giving a talk in the 1990s, … Continue reading

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A Quick Trip to LA

A few months ago, a friend near Los Angeles, JD, decided it was time to downsize his garden. He can’t keep it up anymore, and he has an amazing collection of polyantha roses, many of which aren’t available anywhere in … Continue reading

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Roses in Cemeteries on the Dia de los Muertos

I got a call from Judy, the friend in the Sierra foothills I wrote about a couple of years ago (Foothills Roses post). She was in Gilroy visiting her father, and wanted to know if I’d like to look at … Continue reading

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San Juan Bautista

This is a wonderful small town for historians, geologists and lovers of heritage roses. Being all three, I’m glad it is so close to Santa Cruz. It is the site of one of the early Spanish missions, and later became … Continue reading

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Trip to Chico

First a bit of background. Sue and I met moving into the dorms when we were 18, and have been good friends ever since. She moved to a small town near Chico a couple years after I moved to Santa Cruz. Her … Continue reading

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Aglaïa

One of the three Graces, aka Charites. OK, what’s a Charite? I know how to use Wikipedia as well as anyone, so-  daughter of Zeus, sister of Euphrosne and Thalia. Why are they called the three Graces? Wiki fails me … Continue reading

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My Gigantea

Rosa gigantea is a rare rose in this country. Not many people would want to grow it, since, as its name implies, it’s HUGE! So how do I happen to have one? 10 or so years ago, I was visiting … Continue reading

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