Well, truth be told, it’s not quite in my garden yet. This baby is just a couple of cuttings at this point. A couple of weeks ago, I did a garden consultation for a couple who wanted to remove their lawn and plant it with a bunch of drought tolerant plants. As they were showing me their garden, I spotted a plant I had only seen in photographs before – a green rose! It was a species rose – Rosa chinensis viridiflora. Each flower is only about as big as a quarter, and looks almost like a straw flower. In fact, if it weren’t for the leaves, you’d never know that it was a rose at all!
Anyway, I was elated when the kind couple offered me a cutting, but being a scatterbrain I forgot to take one before I left. No worries, said the woman when I emailed her – she could bring me one the following week. Gardeners are such wonderful people!!!
As fate would have it, she walked into the nursery with it the day after we had learned how to propagate plants in my Master Gardener class. Her timing couldn’t have been better!
I discovered that this little green marvel has a wonderful fragrance. Not at all like more typical rose scents – oh no. This unassuming little flower has this warm, woody perfume – almost like sandalwood oil. Absolutely delicious! When I planted the cuttings, I cut the flowers off and put in a little vase. It’s been a week since, and they are still fragrant! Besides the fact that the perfume makes me almost swoon a little, I know absolutely nothing about this plant, so for stats, I will refer to Paul Barden who seems to know what he is talking about.
Oh, one more thing… Of course I had to tell my boys about my cool new find, and let them sniff its wondrous scent. When they heard that it was a Chinese rose, my teenager – who has spent time trying to interpret the English spoken by his Mandarin teacher – remarked; “So, you mean it’s a ‘lose’, mom”. I suppose it’s okay for a half-Asian to make fun of other Asians, but good god, that made me laugh!