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Lion and Unicorn Emerald Ring via Hedgerow Rose

Two new rings, revisiting an older design, have just been put in the shop. A new Lion and Unicorn ring made with a gorgeous chunk of natural emerald, and a new Eleanor of Aquitaine ring made with a vibrant natural ruby.

Eleanor of Aquitaine Ruby Ring | via Hedgerow RoseLion and Unicorn Emerald Ring | by Hedgerow Rose

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Spring arrived last week, in the form of blue skies and copious amounts of warm sunshine. And then it said, “Just kidding!” and it returned to winter. Did you get snow and were you also wondering if we somehow ended up in Winterfell? These weather fluctuations are the new normal, I suppose. Once again, we moved several of the container roses in and out of the the garage to protect them from the severe frosts. It’s a real pain in the arse, if you don’t mind me saying. Getting stuck with thorns doesn’t bother me much but Jesse had a look of death on his face when I saw him literally get pinned between two ramblers this morning. I knew that would be the last time I could ask him to help me move them for the sake of our marriage. Oh, the things we do for our roses!

Hyacinth EtoufeeSome spring flowers did manage to survive the chill: Fritillaria, Pulmonaria, Muscari, Hyacinth, Narcissus and the like. The usual suspects for April. The tulips are next in line to bloom and I’m once again reminded that I really should plant more bulbs in autumn.

Some random bits: I have two absolutely delightful garden shows for you to take a gander at. This one: The Great Gardens of England and this one: Secret Gardens of England Yes, yes, I’m an anglophile but that’s beside the point. I promise these are simply very enjoyable shows for the keen gardener! Enjoy!

Spring flowers in a vintage teacup

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Sometimes rose names and their actual identities give me a brain scramble. The plant you think you’re buying isn’t what you’re getting–remember this? It happens. These days I find that if a rose’s identity is dubious (HMF is a good source for that info) I just avoid it altogether. I don’t need the stress! ;) However, a couple of years ago I purchased the rose seen in these photos with no more thought than I just wanted to add another Moss to our garden. Little did I know that it would turn into another question of identity. Sigh. Not again!

'Red Moss' and 'Old Red Moss' via Hedgerow RoseMystery: Heirloom Roses calls this rose I purchased, ‘Red Moss’ and in the description writes, “Rated as the second best of all old garden roses by the American Rose Society.” Hmm. Well, there was an Old Garden Rose in the ARS handbook that was rated as second best of all OGR’s but it is called ‘Old Red Moss’. Same rose? I emailed Heirloom, twice, to ask for clarification, and never heard back. (I don’t mean to be snarky, but I’m glad I didn’t email them with an actual product problem, because geez.) So then I emailed the American Rose Society, and got a lightning quick response from the Assistant to the Executive Director who wrote, “They are, indeed, two different roses.”

'Red Moss' and 'Old Red Moss' via Hedgerow Rose-2She also gave me this info from the Modern Roses Database in case you’re interested:

Registered Name: ‘Old Red Moss’; Synonyms: ‘Muscosa Rubra’
ARS Approved Exhibition Name: Old Red Moss
M, mr; flowers carmine-red, medium, very dbl., moderate fragrance; heavy bloom; nonrecurrent; vigorous (5 ft.) growth.

Registered Name: ‘Henri Martin’; Synonyms: ‘Red Moss’
ARS Approved Exhibition Name: Henri Martin
M, mr, 1862, Laffay, M.; bud sparsely mossed; flowers shining crimson, fading to deep pink, semi-dbl. to double, borne in clusters of 3 – 8, moderate fragrance; non remontant; growth upright (5 ft.) growth

'Red Moss' and 'Old Red Moss' via Hedgerow Rose-3 'Red Moss' and 'Old Red Moss' via Hedgerow Rose-4My guess is I was sold  ‘Henri Martin’ which is a synonym for ‘Red Moss’ not ‘Old Red Moss’ (‘Muscosa Rubra’), which is a different rose.* I wonder if the ARS members who rated ‘Old Red Moss’ in the past were actually growing ‘Henri Martin’ (‘Red Moss’) and were just as bamboozled about it as I was. (And to really lay it all out there, I just looked at the ARS handbook for 2014: ‘Henri Martin’ didn’t make the cut for top-rated OGR’s and I can’t even find ‘Old Red Moss’ (‘Muscosa Rubra’) in the handbook anymore.)

'Red Moss' and 'Old Red Moss' via Hedgerow Rose-5 'Red Moss' and 'Old Red Moss' via Hedgerow Rose-6Are you still with me? Did I scramble your brain, too? Well, let’s just say that these photos depict ‘Henri Martin’ otherwise known as ‘Red Moss’ and leave it at that. This is a lovely rose. If you haven’t tried growing Moss roses yet, I think this is a good one to start with. It hasn’t shown any disease, it’s covered with fragrant flowers in late spring/early summer–taking the win for longest blooming OGR in our garden–followed by fuzzy hips in autumn. Also, it grows like the dickens. See how it’s about knee-high in these photos? Well now it’s about 5′ tall. Goodness gracious!

*{Edit: For my own sanity, I am labeling this rose as ‘Henri Martin’ (i.e. ‘Red Moss’) but that doesn’t mean I’m right. The flowers are quite full and I’m not sure I would categorize these buds as “sparsely mossed” which makes me wonder. If anyone stumbles upon this post and has some insight into this mystery I’d love to hear your input!}

'Red Moss' and 'Old Red Moss' via Hedgerow Rose-7 'Red Moss' and 'Old Red Moss' via Hedgerow Rose-9Looking to buy one for yourself? High Country Roses, my favorite place to order bands from these days, is labeling ‘Henri Martin’ (‘Red Moss’) correctly…here’s the link. (As for the rose ‘Old Red Moss’ (‘Muscosa Rubra’), Burlington Rose Nursery in California say they have it if you live out that way.)

'Red Moss' and 'Old Red Moss' via Hedgerow Rose-11PS: Someone out there is probably wondering “Well, what is the number one highest rated OGR among ARS members?” For 2014, that honor goes to ‘Rêve d’Or’.

Last year’s results HERE.

'Red-Moss'-and-'Old-Red-Moss'-via-Hedgerow-Rose-12Henri Martin Rose Hips

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Peach Moonstone Grow Ring 7

Peach Moonstone Grow Ring 8
Sterling, Brass, 14kt Gold, Peach Moonstone & Moissanite. Available HERE

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Introducing ‘Petite Lisette’ Alba Rose

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This time of year it’s always the same: I’m running around the garden like a loon: raking, tidying, assessing, pruning, cleaning, and all other -ing’s and loving every minute of it. This spring we’ve seen our share of rose losses but, not surprisingly, most of the OGRs made it through just fine with viable bud […]

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Here and Now

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I should probably explain that all these roses that I’ve been sharing are not actually blooming in our garden right now. My usual readers know this, but I get a lot of people who bounce in off Pinterest and might be a bit confused wondering what amazing zone I garden in! Nope, those photos are […]

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