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Reine des Violettes

Most of the roses in my yard are old roses. I hate the modern ones that have no scent. Why would anyone ever breed a rose to the point it has lost the wonderful perfume that is a rose? Michigan requires hardy roses and many that I have are rugosas. Pretty, scented but the thorns have thorns.

I planted this one along the fence near my backdoor. It could not be a rugosa because it could attack every time you walked by. This is Reinne des Violettes and is seriously attempting to take over. Supposed to be 4 - 6 feet. There was one branch (which unfortunately was pruned by a wind storm) that nearly reached the house.

Backyard with rose.

Close up.