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21 MAY 16
Trying a Distant Drums this season. The colors were captivating and I passed on a $38. bush in full bloom at an expensive nursery in North Syracuse , only to find it the following day at WALMART in full bloom for only $10.! It had the same supplier as well, Week's roses. Everyone is struck by how gorgeous it looks planted, and I bought a second one for my baby sitter!
16 JUL 14
This is a rose that captivated me with its description. Who could resist " bronzy centers with outer orchid pink petals that shade to lavender at the edges" certainly not me.

I ordered it from Northland Rosarium in my spring spending spree. To be fair they did warn me it was "a bit puny" but I wanted it and when it arrived it was puny indeed. About 6" tall, three sets of leaves and a great big fat flower bud.

The wind does not bother it, neither does the oppressive heat - three days last week we reached 109F (42.7C) and the other four days we 'enjoyed' 105F (40.5C) Where it is planted it gets full sun all day.

The color in our searing summer sun and heat is pale pink fading to a warm tan in the center. Pretty! Flowers seem to last longer than most roses and I am looking forward to seeing it when it has grown up.
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