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Childings
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Rosa 'La Belle Sultane' June 27 2017


Rose Proliferation

Some garden roses are prone to proliferation which turns a beautiful flower ugly in its center. Rose proliferation isn't a killer and it can be avoided.


The reason for rose proliferation is not fully understood. The effect is usually noticed when a rose bud tries to form within a bloom that has already opened. Often, a stem with unfurling leaves could grow out through the flower with the bud at the end of it. It's a freakish event for the rose lover.



Proliferation in roses has been known for centuries. Botanists of the 18th century called these new buds "childings," due to the symbolism of the mutation.

Gallica Roses bloom only once in a season. Today June 27 the last two blooms of Rosa ‘La Belle Sultane’ are proliferating blooms. I disagree with the statement above that proliferation is ugly. It just shows that we do not know why roses do this. For me the mystery is exciting.

A rose that proliferated in the past



     

Previous Posts
Diminishing Returns - Not

While the Greek Music Lasts

Is She The Duchesse?

Contra el blanco velamen de las sábanas

Abraham Darby - Three Men & an Over the Top Rose

A Woman's Superior Imagination

El Mosquitero

Doctor Pat McGeer - The Basketball Player

The State of Being Alone

Red



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8/6/17 - 8/13/17

8/13/17 - 8/20/17

8/20/17 - 8/27/17

8/27/17 - 9/3/17

9/3/17 - 9/10/17

9/10/17 - 9/17/17

9/17/17 - 9/24/17

9/24/17 - 10/1/17