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Marie Pavie Rose

The trills and gushes of perfect melody.

~ Mary Webb

Marie Pavie is a Polyantha that can handle USDA zone 4, and is even shade tolerant. Surely that's music to the ears of a few rose lovers I know.


This is the last post from this series for now. Thought I'd end with a view of the backdrop-- heavy art paper curved to eliminate a horizon line.

Have a good weekend !

Macrantha Daisy Hill Rose


But to drink at the stoup of beauty .  .  .

~ Mary Webb

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Like the rose in yesterday's post, there is a single and double version of Macrantha. The double at the top is known as Rosa macrantha 'Daisy Hill'-- the single, shown in two stages of opening, is simply Macrantha.

It's the spread of gold stamens that immediately endeared me to these roses. Note how the cup of pink petals on the single opens white and so beautifully defined-- not to mention its five hearts.

Rosa Roxburghii Normalis


– the ceremonial that passes yearly in the emerald temples of bud and calyx –

~ Mary Webb


R. roxburghii normalis is an ancient species rose discovered by Europeans in both Russia and China, in 1862 and 1908 respectively. Note the many leaflets. I love harvesting leaves-only for arrangements-- their effect-- lacy and irresistible.

(R. roxburghii, the double version of this rose, can be seen in the garden here. It also has the delectable leaves.)


R. roxbrughii is also known as 'The Chestnut Rose' for unusual spiney calyxes on both the single and the double, and bristled yellow (!) heps on 'normalis'.

Both roses are world class garden treasures.