|Rosa 'Leander' 31 July 2022|
|Rosa 'Leander' & Coreopsis verticillata 'Zagreb' 31 July 2022|
It is a given, particularly in this century that both grammar and botanical classification is in flux.
Some 30 years ago the members of the American Hosta Society did not object that yuccas and hostas were in the same family. Now they object, with no satisfaction that hostas, yuccas and the agave (from where we get tequila) are part of the Asparagaceae (asparagus!).
Because my Rosemary was such a keen gardener who was very good with her botanical nomenclature I knew that the photenia, a popular plant used as green hedge in Vancouver is related to the rose family. What is the giveaway? The photenia has reddish leaves in the spring that turn to green as the season progresses. Many roses (not all) have red young leaves when they begin to grow in the spring.
Rosemary in her penchant for details noticed the little things of plants. Some of this talent of hers rubbed off. Today, 31 July 2022, (I have to explain that I am filling holes for the entire month of June and July when I did not blog) I noticed the beginning of what would have been a healthy stem that would have resulted in a lovely Rosa ‘Leander’.
This blog like so many in these two years are all about Rosemary. Rosa ‘Leander’ was one of her fave English Roses, particularly because it did well in our shady Kerrisdale garden. When we moved it to Kits it died. A friend found one in a garden about to be demolished it and gave it to us. In the pot wit Leander is this very nice little yellow flowered flower with exceptional foliage.
And so I dedicate this blog to the memory of my Rosemary who taught me so much including noticing the small details.