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Stop Picking on Ellen Tofflemire.

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The ARS gave her a 6.5 and said that in their 4 years of trialing her in their test garden, she never bloomed. But here she is, blooming away and I only planted her last August. I think that she's like Charles de Mills, another Gallica that needs a hard chill in order to set buds in the following year.

So here she is. In her first spring she produced 5 buds, and 2 were eaten by caterpillars. I don't think this flower is even open all the way, but look at that petal count! Look at that color! Look at that rain tolerance!