wpe50.jpg (1913 bytes)    TigerSoft News Service    12/3/2008      www.tigersoft.com    
                                          "Double Delight" Roses.
       The Last Rose of The Season Is The Sweetest.

                   Roses Are A Universal Language.


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                                                     THE STRESSES OF THE ECONOMICS OF,.
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by William Schmidt, Ph.D.   (Columbia University)
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  The Last Rose of The Season and Other Delights.

by William Schmidt, Ph.D.   (Columbia University)

      Walking along this evening, I came across the unexpected, a solitary rose in
                a small bed of rose bushes on a much car-trafficked street.  It's December in San Diego.
                Roses usually are all gone and cut back by now to go into their resting phase for the
                Winter.    So, it took me by surprise.    It was a sign, I felt, that beauty is everywhere,
                often to be seen when it is least expected.  I looked around and picked it.  After all,
                I rationalized the temperature might easily drop below 55 at night and the rose would
                be probably gone by tomorrow morning's dew.  And very few pedestrians ever walk here,
                I further explained to myself.  But I wondered, was I any different than the guy who "pinched"
                a dozen of my potted rose bushes that were still unplanted and sitting gloriously out
                front just one Easter morning a few years ago?  Well, whatever...when I pinched the
                stem of my find, my newly liberated "Double Delight" rose,  the die were cast.   And
                so the deed was done.

                     I want to tell the World how wonderful these "Double Delight" roses are.  Of all the
                 roses, they reliably have the most pleasant and subtle of fragrances.  And as you can readily
                 see,below,   they are wonderfully beautiful.  Their pink and white pedals are quite
                 distinctive.   You will find them in lots of gardens and nurseries.  Treat yourself.

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                                              (Source: http://roses.toytrains1.com/doubled.htm )

                       Roses are so very eloquent and  versatile.  They share our love.   They express regret.  They
                 bring cheer.  They applaud.  They say "hello"  And they even  say "Good-Bye".    I think of
                 the girl who came over to the line of stern looking National Guardsmen on her campus and put
                 a long stemmed rose in a rifle barrel of one.   That reminded me of Ben Franklin.
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                                                                          Palestinean girl with roses.
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                      As often happens, one thing leads to another.  I recalled the beautiful Irish poem
                and song, "The Last Rose of Summer".  The words are simple and profound.   The
                poem is by the Irish poet Thomas Moore in 1805.   He is much loved by the Irish.
                Many classical composers have set his poems to music. 

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  Thomas Moore

Moore wrote this poem in 1805 while at Jenkinstown Park (shown below) in County Kilkenny, Ireland.


  "Last Rose of Summer"
     by Thomas Moore

'Tis the last rose of summer

Left blooming alone;
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone;
No flower of her kindred,
No rosebud is nigh,
To reflect back her blushes,
To give sigh for sigh.

I'll not leave thee, thou lone one!
To pine on the stem;
Since the lovely are sleeping,
Go, sleep thou with them.
Thus kindly I scatter,
Thy leaves o'er the bed,
Where thy mates of the garden
Lie scentless and dead.

So soon may I follow,
When friendships decay,
From Love's shining circle
The gems drop away.
When true hearts lie withered
And fond ones are flown,
Oh! who would inhabit,
This bleak world alone?"

Sir John Stevenson set the poem to its widely-known melody, and this was published in a collection of Moore's work called Irish Melodies (1807-34). 

Friedrich von Flotow uses the song in his opera "Martha," premiered in 1847 in Vienna.

Sarah Brightman recorded the song for her album The Trees They Grow So High.

It is sung in the musical group Celtic Woman by Méav Ní Mhaolchatha and Hayley Westenra,  Click on the picture

YouTube - Celtic Woman - The last Rose of Summer


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                                Scientific Name Rosa 'ANDeli'

Blooms all season; large double blooms; 35 petals; long urn-shaped pointed bud
Type: Hybrid tea
                                          Fragrance: Strong spicy sweet
                                          Height: 3 to 4 feet
                                          Comments: Vigorous; hardy; good disease resistance; spreading, bushy habit;
                      glossy, medium green abundant leaves; mildew resistant; must have an open sunny location; does
                      not tolerate wet weather; 3 foot spread; good cut flower; free flowering. 
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/factsheets/roses/doubledelight.htm )


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                     More pictures of delightful Double Delights.  

                              Double Delights Are Especially Fragrant

                      But walking around the San Diego County Fair each summer,
                 I have found a number of other beautiful roses that delight the nose,
                 and as they say, "The nose knows."   My list is not the only list.
                 Here are some other links. 
14 fragrant old roses
                     Most Perfumed Rose - Roses in Oz Forum - GardenWeb
                     Typhoo Tea' Hybrid Tea Rose    : English Legend Roses    The Ultimate in Roses

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                                                                          Fourth of July
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                                 Honey Perfume
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                                      Memorial Day 
     Experts say that one bloom perfumes an entire room.
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                                       Midas Touch
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                                       Mr. Lincoln  
                      Tall, bright red and so fragrant!
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                  Scentimental - burgundy and creamy white

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                                       Sheer Bliss
                           Pale pink.  Large flowers.

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