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Hillfarm Journal:  Hillfarm's Roses

By Kathleen
February 14, 2012

Part of the story of Hillfarm as we know it will always have to be the roses that we found here.

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Feb 13, 2012 8:47 PM CST
What fun it was to read about the rose treasures you found around you farm. A treasure hunt for sure.
I could see all the scenes you painted with words. Lovey dubby
How do you ever find out what kind of rose you have? There are so many.
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Feb 14, 2012 4:25 AM CST
Beautiful roses, Kathleen. What a joy! Lovey dubby
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chelle
Feb 14, 2012 10:57 AM CST
I loved your story, Kathleen! Historical events involving the roses could have played out in exactly the ways you've described; and in the process of investigating your roses' origins, you found a new love. Lovey dubby

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Shannon
Feb 14, 2012 11:29 AM CST
Beautiful Story...I love the Romantic side...and the roses are Truely a treasure. So
many people forget the beautiful antique roses Lovey dubby
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Kathleen
Feb 14, 2012 11:57 AM CST
Thank you all for your kind words. Yes, I think there is a note of truth in my myths.

The lovely thing about the old roses is that they know how to survive and are relatively easy to care for. Black spot can be a problem, but it doesn't actually hurt the roses, they bounce back. Some don't like the fact that they only bloom once, but there are several old garden roses that do rebloom reliably. I look at look at hybrid teas and shake my head. I know how lucky I am!

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vic
Feb 14, 2012 1:48 PM CST
I loved this story Kathleen and I adore roses. Just saying the word and you can smell their wonderful fragrance.

I've found a few roses on this property as well. It's amazing how they survive from years of neglect and then someone finds them and they are the center of attention again Lovey dubby
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Sharon
Feb 14, 2012 2:33 PM CST
Lucky you, Kat.
Like Vic, just looking at your photos and seeing those roses, I could smell my grandmother's front yard.

Of course it's been 50 years since I did that, but the memory and the scent are still there.
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ge1836
Feb 15, 2012 8:11 AM CST
What a lovely idea.Nobel roses should be kept.Your ideas for their use is lovely.
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wildflowers
Feb 16, 2012 3:41 PM CST
Wow! What beautiful roses! I especially love the old fashioned smell good roses! Lucky you!

Tee, you truly found some treasures.
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