Rose Garden through the Window
Feeding Roses & Making Compost

Miriam Wilkins' Roses for Sale


I never count the May morn lost

When there are roses, velvet mossed.

Green fringe encrests the calyx stem,

There snugly in the mist of them

The nested petals. They unfurl

Disclose the dusted heart and curl

In perfect exercise of grace

Exactly as that rose has formed

Thru centuries. Now warmed

Beneath the sun's warm glance

The musk scent rises to enhance

The charm of evr'y mossy cup.

It leads the dazzled bee to sup

As I, likewise bedazzled, pause

Spellbound before the Old Pink Moss.

~Miriam Wilkins


Miriam Wilkins
loved the rose
featured in this post, which among other names, is known as Common Moss. Yesterday, her sister Thelma Behrens sent me this poem of Miriam's, thinking you might like to read it. I thought it would be a nice way to announce a very exciting, once-in-a-lifetime event. The sale of Miriam's roses- she planted more than two thousand, over the years, on her El Cerrito Hillside. 


All the ROSES in MIRIAM WILKIN’S Garden are for SALE!!
(In pots…in the ground…cuttings)


Saturday, March 6, 2010
1-4 p.m.
925 Galvin St., El Cerrito, CA


Nurseries and Public Gardens
Are invited to come early
10-1 p.m.
(We are hoping you will help keep the roses available to the public)


Bring your own: Pot, Dirt, Shovel, pruners, etc.


The roses have all been labeled, but you are on your own for hauling, digging up, taking cuttings, etc.


Contact Kristina Osborn if you have questions
510-527-3815 or
Cell: 510-542-7149 (on March 6)


is for Moss Rose, and of course, Miriam.