Last week I had the pleasure of visiting a private garden on three acres, south…
Connecticut’s Flower Show Included rose tale.
Nineteenth century Rochester, New York seed company owner James Vick included a letter from a customer in his Vick’s illustrated Monthly of 1878.
The letter said, “A distinguished divine said that a Rose is the autograph of God. His signature, in the house or in the garden, is a benediction of sweetness and beauty.”
The Connecticut Flower and Garden Show, held a few days ago in Hartford, included a wonderful exhibit about the rose.
The Connecticut Rose Society created a setting for the mythical Bavarian town called Rosenburg.
The details in the exhibit, including its colorful backdrop, caught my eye. I couldn’t resist checking it out. [below]
In the town of Rosenburg roses flourish in the best of conditions.
Baron von Herz who lives in the tall castle on the mountain grows roses for his wife.
The people in the town also cultivate many rose gardens that include climbing roses as well.
Unfortunately the Baron becomes ill and dies.
His widow, distraught over her husband’s death, turns against the town people who treasure their roses.
She sends diseases like black fungus spores and destructive insects to their roses. She holds these pests in her beatiful embroidered bag meant to deceive onlookers.
The villagers call her Baroness Dunkelherz (Baroness Darkheart).
The only recourse the townspeople have is to watch for her visit.
Thus the roses continue to bloom only with vigilance at all times.
Doesn’t that seem to be the story in cultivating any rose?
The Connecticut Rose Society told the story well.