I know, in comparison to other places, we aren’t exactly dry. Still, a good day of spring rain is wonderful; one can watch the buds swell, the color come into the trees, the grass turn green. It was also a good day for slipping a few new roses into the ground. Among them: ‘Alba Maxima’ the Jacobite Rose (which is also known as the White Rose of York) and ‘Gallica Officinalis’ the Apothecary’s Rose (which is also known as the Red Rose of Lancaster). History lives in plants; I hope that these will get along better than the people did….perhaps I ought to plant a thistle and a leek?