Sunday, 25 July 2010

Rosa Gallica

Rosa gallica, also known as the apothecary's rose or Rosa mundi, is in full bloom right now in my garden.

It was one of the most-painted roses in Renaissance art, and was cultivated by Romans then later by monks for its alleged medicinal values.

I grow it simply because its fragrance is divine.  Surely that is reason enough, hmm?

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