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Kentucky Color - October Whilow or Yelite Rose?
By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry
Yes, I must once again appeal to Columbia Magazine's vast resource of knowledgeable readers. I am often in a quandary when it comes to the identification of ornamentals and I am definitely in a difficulty concerning this rose.
Of course, the fact that this rose is in full bloom on October 30, 2012 is enough to be excited about. Additionally, when one considers that the rose is wet with kisses of water that it was wrestled from the Atlantic Ocean by Sandy, which she mingled with fresh water from the Great Lakes and then misted ever so softly upon this Late-Autumn Rose in the Great Wooded South is without a doubt a miracle of nature.
Well anyway, I am not so much in a twit about the name of this Knockout Rose which according to many highfalutin gardeners who have yet to see this particular one, is an inferior cousin of Real Roses. What I would really like to have assistance with is deciding upon the color. Sorry for using a form of this four-letter word this close to the election, but I've polled several folks who have done nothing to clear up my dilemma. 48 percent say yellow, 48 percent say white and the other 4 percent are independent, undecided and will get back to me in about a week after they have reviewed the evidence.
So, since I can get no real sense from those who are supposed to have sense I'm asking for your two cents worth about these type roses that have the same scents that other roses have; for as you know "a rose by any other name smells the same".
So if this rose is white and yellow, and yellow and white I propose calling the color either Whilow or Yelite.
What do you think? - Billy Joe Fudge
This story was posted on 2012-10-31 03:45:54
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