|Rosa foetida 21 May 2022|
Like many wild roses, Rosa foetida, or commonly known as Austrian Briar, dates back well into Medieval times. This delicate rose was first described in 1590 when it was introduced to Europe from Persia. People were quite amazed by it because it was yellow, a color that wasn’t yet known in roses. From then, Rosa foetida became a valuable addition to the cultivation of roses. Austrian Briar became a valued flower when its cultivator Carolus Clusius introduced it to the imperial garden of Rudolf II in Vienna.
In spite of the cold and rain I have already had three roses in bloom.
|Rosa ' Fantin Latour' 18 May 2022|
But it was today that I looked at the extraordinarily healthy leaves of my new species rose, Rosa foetida. It has this name as some people in the past (in the 1500s) when it arrived in Europe from Persia did not seem to like the licorice scent. When the yellow blooms open this season I will verify this.
Rosemary taught me to look at the details of plants and many
of her perennials had little flowers. I had to get close to see what they were
like. I remember as a boy in seeing stuff through the high school microscopes. They opened a whole new
world for me. My Epson PerfectionV700 Photo exceeds the magnification of those former high school microscopes I used.
When I scan some of my granddaughter’s negatives or slides or enlarge their digital camera takes and view them on my monitor, I see details that they might not know even if they look at themselves in the mirror. Photoshop in a monitor has brought a whole new meaning to the word intimacy.
Today I noticed the foliage of Rosa foetida and I knew I would have to scan one of the stems knowing that I would not be getting the roses on it. I believe that my decision was a worthwhile one. Not only did I scan the foliage once but I moved it around and did two more. And I could have gone on!