A Rose by any other Name

At one point of my home ownership, I was given a lovely rose-bush which I planted in the front yard. That rose was what I would call a traditional rose, like so many roses that are given as a gift or as a corsage. That rose eventually died as roses thrive in cooler climes. At some point, I was given a different kind of rose–a so-called desert rose. It thrived for many years, grew larger and even attracted people to my yard when it was in bloom. However, at some point, it began to look needy. I therefore put it in a larger container and, for a time, it appeared to recover but then suddenly took a turn for the worse and died. Since then I have tried several times to root pieces of desert rose stock, so far unsuccessfully. My latest rooting was given to me by a friend in Palmetto whose mother has a desert rose. If this rooting is unsuccessful, I am promised I will inherit the desert rose when the mother passes away. In the meantime, I am certainly willing to do my best to cultivate the cutting, hoping once more to see in my yard a beautiful desert rose.


About bobosbest

I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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