Author: SusanR

Susan Richards is a retired editor living in Thornton, Colo., near the family and mountains she loves.

A rose by any name

The photo on the left (or top) promotes “Osiria Hybrid Tea Rose Seeds, Rare Exotic Blood Red and White Rose Seeds” on Ebay. The photo on the right: “SEMI ROSE PURPLE OSIRIA 50 pcs rare seeds of exotic flower, perennial flowers, rare pink – high quality selected seeds” appears on Etsy.

Notice anything peculiar about these pictures? Given that the photo on the right is obviously a color-manipulated copy of the photo on the left, I guarantee I wouldn’t buy from that seller. As for the seller on the left, I’m thinking I just wouldn’t be buying rose seeds online. By the time you see any blooms, the sellers could be long gone. And who starts roses from seed anyway? In my very limited experience with them, you buy a small plant/bush with 3 or 4 stems and a wrapped root ball. That way you know you’re at least starting with something green and alive.

That said, if the rose on the left is real … wow!