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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Cecile Brunner In a Vase on Monday

One might say that Cecile Brunner is in her cups on Monday but casting aspersions on such a sweet little thing might not be the best way to start the week.   On the other hand,  the climbing Cecile Brunner in my garden, planted on the previous site of a compost heap, grows is such a wild way that it might seem inebriated.  Rose experts call it vigorous and healthy.    Even in a jungly/casual garden like my own,  frequent pruning is  requited to keep it from taking over the world.  The tiny, perfectly-formed blooms are so endearing that a few got rescued from being tossed into the yard waste bin.


The cheery blooms and luxurious fragrance are a joy to experience as we pass through the butler's pantry.  Of course, the yard waste bin smells pretty nice at the moment too.

In the U.S. today is Memorial Day, originally Decoration (of graves) Day, which originated after the Civil War, a conflict which claimed more lives than any  U.S. history and required the establishment of the country's first national cemeteries.  Today is day of remembrance of all the men and women who've lost their lives in the service of their country and is unofficially the beginning of summer.   The civil war ended in  1865 and communities began holding ceremonies of remembrance shortly thereafter.  Cecile Brunner was introduced in 1881.  I wonder how many graves she's decorated.  As we remember the fallen, let us cling to the hope for peace.

 In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.  Click here to see what others have cut to enjoy this week.

15 comments:

  1. That is a beautiful vase of roses and I bet it smells wonderful. I've been considering adding a climbing rose to my garden along the back fence but don't know which one. Cecile Brunner sure sounds and looks like a winner!

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    1. It's a wonderful rose and so vigorous that it would probably grow up your fir trees!

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  2. This is a beautiful post, Peter. I will heed your message of remembrance, try to reconcile the horrors of war, and find a little peace for my spirit.

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  3. As long as I've had Cecile I don't think I've ever used her in a vase. Now I'm inspired to try ! "Frequent pruning" is right, and about every other year I do a major overhaul. So far the house is still safe.

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  4. I share your wish for peace Peter. The roses are just lovely. How nice to have such an abundant bloomer.

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  5. 'Cecile Brunner' is such a pretty rose, and all the more so in her cup! That's not a rose I'm familiar with and, after hearing of her vigor (something I can't credit to any of my few roses), I may have to find a place for her in my garden one day.

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  6. What a sweet little vase, Peter, and an intersting thought concerning the age of the rose. I ahd no idea she had been around for so long but it shows she has stood up to the test of time

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  7. Lovely vase, lovely sentiments. Though personally, I’m still waiting for peace to guide the planets and love to steer the stars.

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  8. That is the most beautiful cup and saucer. I could be in my cups with it too. Happy IAVOM.

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    1. It was an inexpensive thrift store find. People seem to like the clean and uncluttered look these days so such things are showing up at the shops with increasing frequency of late.

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  9. A luscious rose – in bud or fully blown. And I love the beaded trim on the vase/pitcher.

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