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Souvenir de St. Anne rose

Last fall I picked a special day just to look for roses. I had built up to this moment for a few weeks–the revelation that I could grow roses came as a little surprise because up till this point I was obsessed with small plants, seeds and mostly native things. Roses were just so… rose. I had no idea what to look for, but knew I was on a trip not just to buy plants but something of a long-term investment–kind of like buying a formal dress. I was a bit overwhelmed by all the choices and kept coming back to this rose. I liked the soft pink, so delicate. At the time I bought the plant, the petals were flat and lose and looked “open face” almost like apple blossoms.