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Rosa Mundi

Rosa Mundi 6-30

Rosa Mundi is an ancient striped gallica rose – rosa gallica versicolor.  A good friend gave me this rose many years ago and has proved its hardiness by surviving this long. It has not increased in size, but it returns to bloom every June.  It is listed as hardy to Zone 4, so why hasn’t it thrived?  If I am honest I must assess the planting site. Although it is said to be tolerant of some shade, I think this spot next to the Cottage Ornee is too shady. Nor does it get the water that roses love because it is too close to the Cottage which has a fairly deep overhang.  I keep thinking I should move it to a more congenial spot.  I am starting a list of plants that should be moved this fall.  Rosa Mundi, possibly named after the Fair Rosamund, mistress of Henry II who lived in the 12th century must be moved.  This fall I will give the fragrant Fair Rosamund a better bed.

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