An eye to heaven

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Hybrid tea roses are commonplace, especially in Welland, Ontario, Canada’s Rose City. But one that isn’t an every day sighting is this rose, Heaven’s Eye. It grows eight to 10 feet, maybe more and has hundreds of light mauve flowers with red/purple centres. Though it is non-recurring, meaning it blooms but once a season, starting in the second year after planting it is well worth the wait. It’s a prolific grower and seems to enjoy overshadowing others that grow nearby, as happens in one of our backyard beds. This is a Geschwind rose, dating back to 1894 when it was introduced. A smaller section of the same bush is shown up close, below. Magnificent! (Photos by Joe Barkovich)

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