My beautiful lovely scented rose, "Gertrude Jekyll" is blooming on my balcony - I am so happy!
My young student friend Gvantsa said dreamily: "That way our roses in Georgia (Europe) smell."
This rose needs no explanation. For her it is true what Getrude Stein wrote.
"Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose."
Did you know that in the genome of a rose exists a gen that decides how many petals the bloom will have?
It is called LG3. If you deactivate this gen the bloom becomes as thick as the bloom of a peony - the absolute record in rose-petals, I read in the German newspaper WamS, reached a rose with deactivated LG3 with 517 petals!
In the EU it is forbidden to use GM technology - even in ornamental-plant-selective breeding.
Good so - Gertrude Jekyll, the stern Victorian gardener, might have said.