Foxi Pavement Rose

I bought my first rosebush this weekend.

I feel like I'm admitting to something a little shameful, like the beginning of an addiction. Hopefully this is something I'll be able to control, but I have to admit that I'm a bit infatuated with Foxi (also known as Buffalo Gal). The plant was already in bloom at the garden centre, and the big, purplish-pink blooms caught my eye, as well as my "purple flower" obsessed two-year old.

It's the right size for a sunny spot I want to fill (three or four feet tall and wide) and is supposed to produce lots of rose hips for jam, if I'm ambitious, or the birds, if I'm not. The "Pavement" series this rose hails from is supposed to be tough as nails (just watch for the suckers) and have pretty good fall colour, because of their Rosa rugosa parentage. A tough, beautiful rose that I could convince a little girl has purple flowers? The only other thing you could ask for is that strong, rose fragrance. Well, the bush had only one open bloom, but even that filled our car with its intoxicating scent on the way home.

I always thought roses were overrated, but I may have been wrong. I suppose I should evaluate its performance over a couple of seasons before saying it's a keeper, but I have a good feeling about it. And because I believe in edible landscaping, here's a recipe for rose petal syrup:

Rose Petal Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup rose petals (untreated with pesticides)
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 cloves (optional)

Most people recommend clipping the white base off the petals, as it can be bitter. Wash the petals and simmer in water for 5 minutes. Add sugar and cloves and simmer until sugar is dissolved. Strain and store in the refrigerator.

3 comments:

  1. I looked up some of the Foxi Pavement roses after your post here.

    What a gorgeous rose. I may look for some too.

    Where did you pick them up?

    JJ

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  2. I bought the rose at Canadian Tire. They had a surprisingly good selection of shrubs and perennials at the South Park store on Friday, all looking quite healthy. An employee mentioned to me that it had all come in only the day before.

    Get 'em while they're fresh! They generally don't improve while sitting on the shelf! And there were plenty of other beautiful roses as well.

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  3. I'll go check out the store and see what their selection looks like now that this cold weather has set in!

    I was in the South Common Superstore garden centre and all their huge tomato plants had died from the cold.

    I have bedsheets and old towels all over my garden to protect my newly popped up perennials and some hostas and peonies I had just bought and planted.

    They say this is the coldest time in May in 50 years. Didn't need the weather reporter to tell me that!

    Thanks Cassandra,

    JJ

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