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Anticipated and Unanticipated

The rose I planted has bloomed! I have been waiting for this bloom so I could once again smell the amazing fragrance of this rose variety.

It's more open this morning, but I didn't want to go into the rain for a picture.

It’s more open this morning, but I didn’t want to go into the rain for a picture.

The fragrance is… disappointing. It’s very weak and smells like the generic flower smell from grocery store carnations. I am confused. I remember the flowers having an amazing scent. Am I remembering it wrong? Are these these plants not the advertised variety? Is there some cultivation issue, like fertilization or watering?

I’ll let the rose continue to grow for the summer, but if it never smells right, I will remove it from my garden. Garden space is too precious to use on a rose that smells like grocery store flowers.


  1. Lauren

    “Grocery store flowers”: now that’s an apt description. I know just the smell.

    Maybe it’s just because it’s a baby. Perhaps in time it’ll amp up its good smell! Here’s hoping! Go, little rose – your life literally depends on it.

  2. Bev Greunke

    It’s Beautiful…..Gorgeous……Lovely…… & Nicely Photographed! You Are A Gardener Extraordinaire!!!! 🙂

  3. Carol

    Maybe this is related to our honey bee crisis somehow…or lack of warmth or sunshine…or who we are when we inhale the fragrance? Check out the American Rose Society on this topic – fascinating stuff.

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