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Roses of Reunion for Gloucester Gardens

Bourbon Rose ‘Variegata di Bologna’ ©Kim Smith 2015

‘Variegata di Bologna’

With Reunion so much in the news, I thought readers might be interested to learn that Reunion is home to some of the most highly scented roses in the world, the Bourbon roses. Bourbon roses grow very well in Gloucester gardens and have the wonderful combined qualities of fabulous fragrance and repeat blooming. I wrote a bit about them in my book Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities (see chapter 14). Bourbon roses are so named because Reunion was formerly called Isle de Bourbon.

Excerpt from Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! 

A sepal, a petal, and a thorn
Upon a common summer’s morn—
A flash of Dew—A Bee or two—
A Breeze—
A caper in the trees—
And I’m a Rose!

Emily Dickinson

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The Bourbon roses (Rosa bourboniana) comprise one of the most extravagantly scented class of roses, along with having a wide range of growth habit in form and height. From the shrubby and compact ‘Souvenir de la Malmaison,’ growing to about two feet, to the thornless climbing ‘Zephirine Drouhin,’ there is a suitable Bourbon rose available to fill nearly every conceivable desired effect in the landscape.

Named for the island of Reunion, formerly called Isle de Bourbon, Rosa bourboniana is a natural crossing of the China rose (repeat blooming) with the Autumn Damask rose. Reunion belongs to the archipelago of Mascareignes in the Indian Ocean and lies east of Madagascar. Originally discovered by the Portuguese, then colonized by the French in the seventeenth-century, Reunion had a diverse population of settlers from around Africa, Asia, and southern Europe. The Bourbon rose was discovered growing wild in Reunion in approximately 1817.

Hybridized Bourbon roses flower in hues of white to china pink to cerise and purple. The flowers are quartered at the center and filled with overlapping petals. With their sublime fragrance, tolerance for cold temperatures, and freedom of flowering (‘Louise Odier’ remains in bloom from June until the first frost), Bourbons are amongst the most distinctive of all roses.

The following is a list of Bourbon roses successfully growing in our garden, along with one failure noted.

‘Louise Odier’ ~ 1851 ~ Bourbon ~ Delicate china pink, camellia-style flowers, enchanting and intensely fragrant. Blooms lavishly throughout the season, from early June to November, with a brief rest after the first flush of June flowers. Grows four to five feet.

‘Zéphirine Drouhin’ ~ 1868 ~ Bourbon ~ Clear hot pink. Thornless. The sensuous Bourbon fragrance is there, only not as intense relative to some others noted here. Repeat blooms. Twelve feet.

‘Madame Isaac Pereire’ ~ 1881 ~ Bourbon ~ Deep raspberry-magenta. Considered to be one of the most fragrant roses. Six to seven feet. Note: We no longer grow Madame Isaac Pereire as its buds usually turned into brown, blobby globs that rarely fully opened due to damp sea air.

‘Souvenir de Victor Landeau’ ~ 1890 ~ Bourbon ~ Deep rose pink, richly fragrant and consistently in bloom through October and into November. Pairs beautifully with Louise Odier. Four to five feet.

‘Variegata di Bologna’ ~ 1909 ~ Bourbon ~ Creamy pale pink with rose-red striations. Suffused with the heady Bourbon fragrance. The foliage becomes tattered-looking later in the season. Slight repeat bloom, although it initially flowers for an extended period of time, four to six weeks in all. Tall growing, best supported against a pillar.

‘Souvenir de Saint Anne’s’ ~ 1916 ~ Bourbon ~ Ivory flushed with warm pink and cream single to semi-double blossoms. Sensuous Bourbon fragrance. Compact growing, ideal for the garden room. Continually blooming. Two feet. Note: ‘Souvenir de St. Anne’ is a sport of ‘Souvenir de la Malmaison’ (1843), with the similar lovely colorway. The unopened buds and blooms of ‘Malmaison’ have the tendency to be ruined in damp air, whereas ‘St. Anne’s’ do not.Bourbon Rose ‘Variegata di Bologna’  Gloucester Garden ©Kim Smith 2015Tips for improved rose culture:

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BIG Shout Out to Seaport Grille

As you know many of us celebrated our August 4th birthday at Seaport Grille!

There ended up being a few more of us than expected and the staff was amazing accommodating us!

When people have a great experience at restaurant very rarely do the managers receive good emails.

Why is it people always write about a bad experience.

I wrote a friendly note to the manager Lauren:

 
Hey Lauren,

I want to thank you for everything regarding the reservation.
I also need to praise your staff last night! We did indeed end up having over 20 people and Amber was so accommodating and made it all so seamless. Being the control freak I am, Amber was so calm and made it all work and didn’t even break a sweat.
The waiter we had, Justin, AMAZING! I also told him I was a control freak LOL and he was just so great. You would of never known he was waiting on 20 people.
He was so attentive and he was always right there making sure everyone had a drink and it ran so smooth. He was hilarious and fit in with our crazy group of people. Everyone kept saying what great service we had.
Thanks so much again,
Alicia

Lobster and Monarchs at Sailor Stan’s

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If you see the 1/4 lb. lobster roll special sign up, get yourself into Sailor Stan’s for a really lobster stuffed roll.  The lobster, spinach and cheddar omelette is incredible (although I had mine without spinach).  Sailor Stan’s also now has monarchs coming to dine on the abundant milkweed plants they provide for them.

E.J. Lefavour

Live from the 57th Annual Sidewalk Bazaar

It’s that time of the year again, and is stunning out here!
The train keeps a rollin’!

Packed house.

Amazing clothes by Little Owl Arts!

How cool is this gear?!

There’s no crying at the duck pond.

Wicked perfect day!

They said I couldn’t slide, wtf!

Sargent House gardens.

Surfari is in the game today, too! So don’t forget the other end of the blocks!

 

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So come down and show some support for the locals that work hard to keep their doors open for us!!! Keep it Local!!

The Perfect Way to Wrap Up a Visit to the Sidewalk Bazaar… or Work Day

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You’ve strolled along Main Street, checked out the great deals (50% off a huge selection of items at Life is Good anyone?!?), picked up some great gifts to stash away for the kids, and even toyed with the idea of buying a hole new wardrobe of flowy skirts… now what?

APPY HOUR!

Head to Duncan Street, make a right and claim your seat at the AlchemyBar for Appy Hour. Alchemy offers an Appy Hour menu everyday of the week from 5:00 – 6:00 PM at the bar.  The Appy Hour menu consist of a selection of delicious appetizers for just $6. Yes, just $6. Alchemy_Cocktail

So make your way to Alchemy bar at 5:00, admire your Bazaar purchases (Jessica, the fabulous bartender, will love checking out what you snagged), sip a cocktail and enjoy the Appy Hour menu.

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John Keegan of Madhouse Tonight @ Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line 8:30pm 8.6.2015

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Dave says,

He’s back! By fopular demand, let’s welcome Mr. John Keegan and his roving band of flesh-eating itinerant musicians. The fearless leader of “Madhouse” will have you quaking’ and shakin’ your tootsies all night long. And he’s bringing along an infectious band of merry men to titillate and tease. We got the fabulous jazz snob, Mr.John Hyde, on the keys and accordion, we have the Irish Ace of Pace, Mr. Benny Benson on the iron lung, we have The unwitting Mr. Brian Alex, on catarrh and vocals, all topped off by the saxophone sorties of the legendary Mr. Marque Earley. Oh, and my wrist is much better, thank you very much! Showtime is 8:30 at the Rhumbline. Where else??
And don’t forget: Monday at the Rose Baker Senior Center, from 1 to 3 the Good Old Salties are still at it, gnawing our way through the entire Great American Schlongbook. It’s free! Scope it out!

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Sandy Bay Historical Society presents an exhibit of their Folly Cove Designers collection

Untitled-1Saturday and Sunday, August 8 & 9 at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway, from 10 to 4.

Four placemats “Gulls” by Lee Kingman Natti will be raffled off to four lucky winners. In addition to the original Designers, the “Friends” section features Delores Rapp and Isabel Natti. Raffle tickets are $2 each or three for $5 and can be purchased at the show or in advance at the Sandy Bay Historical Museum, 40 King Street, during museum hours Tuesday this week from 2-5. The museum will be closed during the exhibit. Donation for exhibit admission is $5.Sent

Lifelong Gloucester resident celebreates 100th Birthday

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Georgia Forrest, a life long resident of Gloucester celebrated her 100th BD at Seacoast Nursing & Rehabilitation Center surrounded by family, friends and local dignitaries.  Family came as far from the west coast to share this momentous occasion with Georgia.  Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken was in attendance to present one of a number of certificates and citations to Georgia in honor of her 100th BD.  Representatives from Bank Gloucester were also present and thanked her for her years of service as a dedicated employee. Seacoast’s executive director, Stephen Doyle, led the party goers in a enthusiastic rendition of Happy Birthday.

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All of us at Seacoast wish Georgia a Happy and Healthy 100th Birthday!

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It’s Gloucester’s 57th Sidewalk Bazaar August 6th, 7th and 8th from 9:00 to 5:00 PM

The Gloucester Downtown Association is proud to once again organize the Gloucester’s 57th Sidewalk Bazaar. The Bazaar features Shopping, Deals and Steals, Crafts, Art, Food and Music. The date is August 6th, 7th and 8th from 9:00 to 5:00 PM. We will have Kid’s Activities, Roaming Railroad, Non Profits, and Something for Everyone! See you all there.

Nichole’s Picks 8/8 and 8/9

It is a big weekend in Rockport!  This would be a fantastic weekend to take a day trip (or better yet hurry up and make a reservation to stay overnight) to enjoy some of the exciting events the town has planned! Or, if you are a resident, hurry up and invite some friends into town to celebrate with you!

Pick #1   Rockport’s 3rd Annual Fireworks Display

Please head HERE to read more as well as to see the schedule of other events in town this weekend…and all of my other “Picks”!

As dusk descends on Rockport, settle in at Back Beach and the American Legion Bandstand to watch the third annual summertime fireworks display over Sandy Bay. The fireworks display will follow the Rockport Rotary Club’s Lobsterfest, a unique annual outdoor dining and fundraising event at the Legion Bandstand, serving boiled lobster, clam chowder and more from Noon to 7:00 pm.

Here is some video of last year’s display

Pick #2  Rockport Rotary Lobsterfest

Since you are going to be in town for the fireworks anyway, go ahead and enjoy this excellent opportunity.  Lobster and Live Music!

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Pick #3  Rockport at Night: First Friday

To kick the weekend off hit the shops and galleries enjoying some food and drinks as you relax, window shop, and find those “just perfect” purchases!

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Pick #4  The Rockport Legion Band Concert

What a delightful way to end you epic weekend in Rockport!  Relax oceanfront by the Back Beach Bandstand and listen to the band perform from 7:00-8:30 on Sunday Evening.

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For a more comprehensive list of family activities, visit our friends at North Shore Kid