"Brooks AFB Red"
When my long time buddy and fellow Rose Rustler showed me the
"Brooks AFB Red" rose, I could not believe that it was old.
In fact, I though he was just seeing if he could get a picture of me
"rustling" a modern Hybrid Tea. Boy, would that kind of evidence
have been embarrassing! Imagine! A rose rustler making cuttings of a
Then I got to thinking that Brooks Air Force Base (formerly Brooks Field)
is a pretty old base. After all, my father was there on occasions during
WW-II, and it is the site of the oldest military aircraft hanger in the
United States ---- a survivor from WW-I. And, after all, the patina
on the steps indicates that they have been there for a very long,
And, after all, I do have my clippers in my hand, and it is a pretty
nice looking rose.... and SNIP, SNIP.
"Brooks AFB Red" is a rather large rose with beautify formed
dark, dark pink (almost red) flowers. It pretty clearly is a Hybrid Tea,
but an early one. I suspect that it may turn out to be
I managed to root several specimens and they now live in a prominent
location in our display garden.
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Last updated 08/04/2006.