Contradicting this view (indeed, I would say correcting it) in the same edition, your gardening correspondent, Anna Pavord, writes under 'Unhealthy attitudes', discussing resistance to black spot disease: 'Only the oriental R. bracteata, 'the Macartney Rose', introduced from China in 1793, seems to have anything like immunity to the disease . . . The villain of the piece is Rosa foetida, a bright yellow species native to the Middle East . . . their genes survive in many modern hybrid tea roses.'
As Mao Tse-Tung said (but never meant), let a thousand flowers bloom.
ROGER J. G. MACY
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
17 OctoberReuse content