It is time just now to cut the roses back, prune them into shape for the spring. This is a dangerous time for those of us who grow roses. I have already gone through half a tube of Neosporin, and I wear rose gauntlets!
I was pruning away, and got to thinking about the connection between roses and the Civil War. Or, I should say, wondering if there even WAS any connection.
About all I could come up with was my Mr. Lincoln rose, and Rose Greenhowe, the Washington, D. C.-based Confederate spy of the early war. That isn't much, I admit.
My real computer is in the shop, to be picked up this afternoon, so last night all I had was the laptop. Still, I dug around in the Internet for more on this topic. There isn't much. There is a Scarlett O'Hara rose, called Frankly Scarlet, I think. It isn't grown much any more.
I was stunned to find there were no roses named for Robert E. Lee or any other Confederate Generals. Yankee that I am, I still think Lee deserves a rose! And none are named for battles, either. No Gettysburg rose, no Shiloh rose.
This is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, FGS! We should honor it with a rose!