Of the roses in my garden, Mr Lincoln is the favourite.
It is fragrant and looks great on the bush or in a vase. But my all time favourite rose is a really old-fashioned damask rose in an activist friend’s garden at Murdunna on the Tasman Peninsula. I would love to know the story of his rose since the perfume is so overwhelming that it has to be a very old variety and I wouldn’t be surprised if its origins were not in the original rose garden at Port Arthur. I have tried twice to grow this rose from a cutting but have failed on both occasions. In the first year I dipped the cutting in a hormone mix and in the second year just in plain honey, neither worked. I am going to try again this winter. What am I doing wrong?