Last month I started a series of posts based on a few of the alphabetically ordered topics in John Fisher's book, "The Companion to Roses." I started with "A" for All-America Rose Selections, and that seemed to bring about a good discussion. So today I'm continuing with the letter "B" for button-eyed roses. Fisher writes about them as follows:
"A button-eye is a deformity of the carpel, the structure that carries and protects the ovules, and is distinguishable as a small green boss or pointel in the centre of the rose bloom. However, the term is also often used to refer to the hub of small petals that, in a very full bloom, may be so completely curled over as to show only their reverse sides."
Do you grow any roses with either of these definitions of a button-eye, and if so, do you have any photos to share? Here are a few that I grow that come to mind (I think they qualify)...
Blush Flower Circus (aka Blush Veranda)