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Old 23-02-2003, 07:27 PM
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Default lifespan of a rose

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Well, i live across a plantation, that was built here in eastern VA (zone 7)
back in teh 1700's and i have a clipping off a rose bush planted there for
longer than they can rembr.

"Julia" wrote in message
farmgal wrote:
As far as rose longevity:
There's an old cemetary near here that dates back to the Gold Rish. In

are tombstones untouched for many a decade, but the roses are still

Gold rush? Where are you located? If you're talking about the
California gold rush country, that's a veritable treasure trove that's
fast disappearing. Many of the cemetery districts are so cash-strapped
that they've sprayed Roundup on everything, killing not only weeds but
roses that have lived for 150 years with little or no care.

It's heart-breaking for a rose lover. The Placerville Union Cemetery is
one that's still green, however, and has some lovely things. There's
another town, whose name escapes me at the moment, where the Catholic
cemetery is right across the road from the Protestant cemetery, lots of
goodies in each one. The old Sacramento city cemetery has been reborn
through the efforts of some dedicated nuts up there in the past 10 years
and their spring flush is a sight to behold. It's definitely worth a
trip if you're anywhere near it.