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I purchased Smooth Velvet (aka Hadvelvet) as a potted rose in early May 2011 to replace Smooth Satin, whose growth this spring has been underwhelming. And then I started to think about it. None of the roses planted in that spot has thrived since Brigadoon gave up the ghost years ago. That part of the garden faces dead north and doesn't get much sunlight in the best of times. The Smooth Velvet bush I got is a very vigorous and healthy plant, one of the largest that I've ever gotten in a pot, complete with buds and blooms, and I didn't want to sentence it to a possible slow and lingering death. Soooo..... There was a spot in the side yard foundation bed, between the dwarf blue spruce and the skip laurel that was kind of bare. It faces west and gets a good half-day of sun. An empty spot and good sun equaled a nice home for the new rose, so there it's planted. As you can see in these initial photos, it's quite the specimen. Beautifully fragrant with a damask scent too!
The buds on Smooth Velvet have opened.
It's now mid-July and Smooth Velvet has put on some nice new growth and is opening new buds.
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