Route 66 was a spur of the moment purchase. I saw the magnificent blooms whilst wandering around a nursery and one was in my cart before I knew it.
The blooms of Route 66 are described a velvet black/purple. They are single (4-8 petals) and form in large clusters. The blooms form on strong stems which make them suitable for the vase. And they do last well and look smashing in a vase, particularly when matched with a delicate pink rose.
The fragrance of the blooms is described as clove but can’t detect it.
I must say, however, that I have been disappointed in Route 66. It is not that the blooms are not magnificent, it is just that they are not particularly prolific and the bush is not particularly robust or vigorous. It reportedly grows to one metre but mine is nowhere near that. The bush, though, is healthy, it doesn’t suffer overly from the normal rose issues.
All in all, I would only recommend this rose to someone who must have a single rose of this colour in their collection.
Route 66 was bred by Tom Carruth (US, 2001) and was released in Australia in 2006. Route 66 is classified as a Floribunda rose.
I have moaned more than once about my friend, Colette, being vegetarian as I find it difficult to come up with different and interesting vegetarian dishes for her. Colette either gets one of the few tried and true recipes or some strange concoction that shouldn’t be repeated. As a result, when I spy a vegetarian dish that looks interesting and tasty, I get a little excited. Such was the case when I spied this recipe in Suzanne Husseini’s Modern Flavours of Arabia. Continue reading
This is a dessert for lovers of rose-water.
Plain, it is a lovely, cheap, everyday dessert for kids or, if dressed up with crystallised rose petals and/or crushed nuts, stands its own as a perfect finale to a Middle Eastern dinner party. Continue reading
In my kitchen:
Is this huge pile of candied orange peel. We had two boxes of oranges in the cool room waiting to be squeezed into juice for ages. When I finally got around to it, I decided to candy some of the peel. I ended up making this huge amount. Each piece is a quarter of an orange! Maus, who is a particularly polite woman, did ask (in the nicest way possible), “Do you really think you can eat that much peel?” The challenge is on! Continue reading
I was walking through my apricot rose garden looking for a subject for this week’s Rose of the Week and this beautiful bush, covered in golden yellow, flushed with vermillion and various shades of pink blooms, grabbed my attention. One of the reasons I decided to do Rose of the Week was to take note and appreciate roses that don’t usually get my attention. Dame Elisabeth Murdoch falls into that category. Before yesterday, I would not have known I owned a Dame Elisabeth Murdoch… and just look at it. Stunning. Continue reading
Spoiler Alert: These sweets are not good for you. The only identifiable health benefit is: they taste so good, they make you happy
They certainly make my Maus happy – I got a hug as she munched into one!. Maus loves all things coconut so when I spied these sweets in my book, Chocolate and Confections by Peter Greweling, I knew I had to give them a go. Continue reading
Iceberg is the most widely grown rose of all time and, for this reason, I was reluctant to have one. What an idiot! It is so widely grown because it is an outstanding rose. It has been described as the best rose of the 20th century, and even, of all time. Botanica describes Iceberg as head and shoulders above its peers and counterparts. Wow! Continue reading