MORfree, Moore 1983,white blend, miniature,small double blooms.
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One of the special pleasures of growing roses comes when I get to cut
away the early twiggy growth on an own-root plant which has finally
settled into its site, and is putting on healthy new growth. The little
Ralph Moore miniature/shrub rose Softee has been a bit slow reaching
that point, but recently I noted that this small plant had lots of bloom
on it, so I dropped down to check it out. Yep! Time to remove the
twiggies. Softee had finally got comfortable and was producing nice new
With two years in the ground, Softee is now 1 1/4 feet tall and 2 1/4
feet wide. The buds open a creamy yellow and age to ivory, lasting
quite well on the bush.
Plants like this are a bit like what wildflower people call 'Belly
Flowers'. To appreciate the tiny plants and flowers, one needs to get
close. You can also think of this as Garden Exercise, a good way to
build flexibility and leg strength. The pretty little blooms on Softee
make the effort well worthwhile.
~ Photography and comment from Christine, Reno, NV 2009 ~
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