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This is the English shrub rose Fisherman's Friend. Unfortunately, I have found neither camera nor film that can do justice to its shade of red. It has a pleasing, mild fragrance. Here's a shot of the first blossom of 1999; the digital camera does a much better job of showing the color as it actually is, though the pink along the edges is an artifact.
Here's the same blossom fully opened.
It's now mid-September 1999, and Fisherman's Friend is putting on quite a show!
Fisherman's Friend has produced its first blossoms of 2000.
It's late October, 2000, and Fisherman's Friend has produced one last exquisite bloom
Mid-November: this one just won't quit -- and facing dead north no less!
Fisherman's Friend has picked up in mid-May, 2001, where it left off last November.
It's the third week of May, 2002, and Fisherman's Friend has bloomed.
Fisherman's Friend has bloomed during the first week of June, 2003.
With a new camera I can finally show you the true color of Fisherman's Friend.
We're now into the middle of October and Fisherman's Friend continues to perform.
Second of November and still going strong!
Fisherman's Friend has begun to bloom in late May, 2004.
It's now early August; the summer has been cool and very wet and the roses haven't appreciated it. Some, however, are once again in bloom.
It's early June 2005 and Fisherman's Friend has come back strong after a very bad winter. Given that it faces dead north, that says a lot!
It's late July and Fisherman's Friend has once again begun to bloom.
It's Memorial Day weekend, 2006, and the north-facing Fisherman's Friend has bloomed.
About a month later, 27 June, Fisherman's Friend has opened another blossom.
These two photos show how Fisherman's Friend tends to bloom in clusters. Judging from the second photo, we're in for more roses!
It's late August and Fisherman's Friend is once again blooming.
It's now mid-September and Fisherman's Friend has begun another flush.
It's early October and Fisherman's Friend is providing us with a last delight for the season.
It's mid-October and Fisherman's Friend, like the Energizer bunny, keeps going and going and going ....
November brings rain, cold, but still Fisherman's Friend chugs along.
It's late November and Fisherman's Friend is trying to open one last flower before the frosts.
25 May 2007, the start of the Memorial Day weekend, brings the bloom of Fisherman's Friend.
Fisherman's Friend is putting on quite a show this year!
It's mid-July and Fisherman's Friend is once again in bloom.
Late August and still in bloom!
The end of September ....
Just after Memorial Day, 2008, Fisherman's Friend has begun to bloom, the first of the north-facing roses to do so.
Fisherman's Friend certainly grew some this year!
Memorial Day, 2009, brings the bloom of Fisherman's Friend.
At the end of July, Fisherman's Friend has once again started to open blossoms.
We're coming up on the middle of May 2010 and Fisherman's Friend has opened its first blossom.
Late June finds Fisherman's Friend in bloom again.
Mid to late-May 2011 brings the first bloom of Fisherman's Friend.
Late June finds Fisherman's Friend once again in bloom.
And into mid-July.
The winter of 2013 to 2014 was horrendous. I have never experienced the kind of losses in the garden that I did this past winter. Sadly, after surviving its north-facing exposure for nigh unto twenty years, Fisherman's Friend succumbed to the winter. It was one of my oldest roses and I shall miss it.
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