I am an avid (addicted) gardener who lives in zone 8b/9. I got the gardening bug when I bought my house in 2005. There were just a few azaleas growing onto the house and not much else. Starting with a blank slate, I planted my first bed in the spring of 2006 and that's all I needed to begin a marathon of bed building throughout my yard. My goal is to create a "park-like" atmosphere - a place to escape and appreciate all that a garden offers. I'm looking to create some type of diary on the progression of my garden and share my gardening experiences. The good, the bad and the ugly!

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One Hundred Thoughts in One Bloom
by Jason Redmon - posted 03/05/13

Mrs. B.R. Cant is welcoming Spring. 

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What’s Going On In My Garden….
by Jason Redmon - posted 03/07/12


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Mrs. B. R. Cant
by Jason Redmon - posted 03/29/11

One of my favorite roses is Mrs. B. R. Cant.  She is a tea rose that was created by Benjamin Cant in 1901 and was named after his wife.  She gets large, up to 8'x8'.  I wanted her so bad in my garden that I actually designed a bed for her in mind (that's pretty special).  And she hasn't let me down.  She was planted in 2009 and has quadrupled in size.  She is about 5'x6' now and is filled with blooms.  She is a very healthy plant and isn't one to need special attention.  In fact I think she rather likes being left alone to do her own thing.  I have never pruned her, except for a couple of broken limbs or so.  I have heard that she doesn't care to be pruned much.  For now, I just let her go. 

Mrs. B. R. Cant has fat, cabbage like flowers.  They are pink with a bit of a silver hue to them and they smell delicious.  She didn't bloom that much in her first year, but this year she has really taken off.  Check out the pictures bellow.

She is a large rose.  This space was designed to accommodate her size. 

Fat, Cabbage like blooms. 

The blooms have a strong and fruity fragrance.

If you have space, consider planting a Mrs. B. R. Cant.  She's robust and prolific. This is a good rose for the first time rose gardener or the old pro.  She won't let you down but she may eat your house. cheeky


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