The Green Rose for St. Patrick’s Day

The Green Rose


Is there a pot of gold for us lovers of roses?  For all the Irish in all of us, we can say we have a green rose, not St. Patrick rose which only has a tint of green, but a real green rose.  It is Viridiflora ‘Rosa Monstrosa’ otherwise known as The Green Rose.  The buds are small, oval, of soft bluish green color and quite beautiful.  The petals of the bloom reverted back to leaves (petals are modified leaves) and it does not have reproductive organs.  The “blooms” are usually formed in clusters throughout the year, and a spray of this rose is wonderful.   As you would expect from an Old Garden Rose, this one is fragrant too.  It has a spicy fragrance.  But unless you know what you’re looking for, it is hard to find the bud since the bush is totally green.  But is it really a rose?  The Green Rose is just that, a green rose.  It blooms continually through the season.  The small plant grows to 3’ tall and has few thorns.  It can be grown in a pot, and is rarely out of “blooms”.


It is an oddity and a conversation piece to say the least.  Just as when you present your friend with a perfect rose and they ask “Is that real?”, I bet you this same person will tell you this one is not a rose.  However, records say The Green Rose has been in cultivation as early as 1743 and is a sport from Rosa Indica (The China Rose of England and the Daily Rose of America).  So take pride, we have our own green to celebrate. 


“May the sun shine warm upon your face


May the rains fall softly upon your rose beds.”


Try it.  You might like it.  People either love or hate this rose   It is a wonderful rose to use as a filler material in arrangements or as a landscape rose. But you will have some visitors in your garden who will say “That is the ugliest flower I’ve ever seen.  Why do you give it space?” Because it is unique and fragrant. It is also a rose and it belongs to my rose collection.







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Charleston Kidney Walk for National Kidney Foundation


Help us battle kidney disease. Many Americans know nothing about kidney disease until it is too late.

My husband was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) just over a year ago, Feb. 1, 2016 to be exact. He was not feeling good since July the year before but his doctor could not find anything wrong with him so I insisted on taking him to emergency because he said he was dying. Within the hour after he was wheeled to emergency room, the attending physician said he was going to ICU because he had kidney failure. His kidney completely stopped. If I did not take him to emergency, he could be dead in two weeks. Shock, disbelief and anger were my reactions. Five days in ICU, five days in private room and then my ordeal began at home.

He is now on peritoneal dialysis everyday at home and will be everyday for the rest of his life and on a very strict diet which I watch like a hawk. Our life has changed drastically since that day. Because of his advanced age, (he just turned 90 on Jan. 5), we don’t go out anymore. Our social life is going to see his doctors. I am his caregiver and it is a full-time job because he also has arthritis on his feet and is in constant pain. He feels weak and gets tired easily. He cannot do much and needs help constantly. It’s very discouraging but I try to stay positive.

On Sunday, March 12, there is a Charleston Kidney Walk at James Island County Park, SC sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation. I cannot join the walk because I can’t leave him alone and he can barely walk. I just thought of an idea to help out. I have written a book, “The Wentworth Legacy” last year which my husband edited and is dedicated to him. It received great review from Kirkus Review. I would like to donate all my royalty on the book sale starting today, right now till March 12 at 11.59 pm to the National Kidney Foundation. You can buy my book at Here is the link to “The Wentworth Legacy” on Amazon – Please help me on this fundraising event and help National Kidney Foundation on its mission.

I appreciate your support.

The Facts About Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) as stated in National Kidney Foundation website.

  • 26 million American adults have CKD and millions of others are at increased risk.
  • Early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure.
  • Heart disease is the major cause of death for all people with CKD.
  • Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is the best estimate of kidney function.
  • Hypertension causes CKD and CKD causes hypertension.
  • Persistent proteinuria (protein in the urine) means CKD is present.
  • High risk groups include those with diabetes, hypertension and family history of kidney failure.
  • African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, American Indians and Seniors are at increased risk.
  • Two simple tests can detect CKD: blood pressure, urine albumin and serum creatinine.

Thank you very much.

Until next time. Stop and Smell the Roses.

Rosalinda Morgan

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Goodreads Giveaway ends Feb. 28

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Wentworth Legacy by Rosalinda Rosales Morgan

The Wentworth Legacy

by Rosalinda Rosales Morgan

Giveaway ends February 28, 2017.

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“This plot-driven, emotionally complex tale effectively details Spencer’s determination to sacrifice his own happiness in favor of his family’s success. An engrossing love story. . . ”  – Kirkus Reviews


An urgent telegram from his family’s attorney to come home immediately interrupts Spencer’s carefree life in England in 1927. Spencer A Wentworth, a scion of an old wealthy banking family of the New York Gold Coast in Long Island, returns from a three-year Grand Tour with a big surprise waiting for him that he is not prepared to handle. Thus begins a series of events putting pressure on his personal life. With the stock market about to collapse, he can lose everything including Wentworth Hall, his ancestral home which he was determined to save at all cost even if it means losing the only woman he loves.


Until next time. Stop and smell the roses.

Rosalinda R Morgan

Author and Garden Writer

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“The Wentworth Legacy” reviewed by Kirkus


I received this review today from Kirkus Reviews:

“This plot-driven, emotionally complex tale effectively details Spencer’s determination to sacrifice his own happiness in favor of his family’s success. . . With harrowing intensity, Morgan also illustrates the pervasive anxiety just before a disastrous era hit. Overall, she delivers an engrossing love story while also depicting surprising burdens borne by New York’s wealthiest families during the late 1920s. An engaging tale of a young man’s coming-of-age that will appeal to fans of complicated family sagas.” – Kirkus Reviews




Until next time. Stop and Smell the Roses.

Rosalinda, “The Rose Lady”





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Women’s March and “The Iron Butterfly”

The Iron Butterfly Cover

When I heard about the hullabaloo about the Women’s March, I could not help thinking about my grandmother portrayed in my book called “The Iron Butterfly”

Unlike the boisterous women some of the marchers were, my grandmother tackled the equality rights silently some 90 years ago when equality rights were still unheard of. She had nine children to support when her husband died and left penniless. She did something about her situation. She worked hard and tackled the business world heads on where men still ruled the business world but doing it with grace and her dignity intact. She did something about it without sacrificing her image, a gentle lady with poise and a determined mind and spirit to do what is right for her family. She did not go out on the street whining and demanding to be treated like men. She was a different kind of feminist.

Using vulgar language and making threats are not the ways to make a point. They make women look bad in the face of the world. Working hard and being the best you can be are the only answers to be successful and be heard. I’m glad I was not part of the Women’s March.

“The Iron Butterfly” is available in print and Kindle at Ibook, Nook, Kobo and other formats of “The Iron Butterfly” are available at


Until next time – Stop and smell the roses.

Rosalinda, The Rose Lady


Rosalinda Morgan

Author & Garden Writer




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Wordless Wednesday – Looking up on the way to the Sistine Chapel, Vatican, Rome



Until next time – Stop and smell the roses.

Rosalinda, The Rose Lady


Rosalinda Morgan

Author & Garden Writer




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Kindle Countdown Deal for The Wentworth Legacy – 99 cents

Starting Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 to Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, you can order the kindle copy of The Wentworth Legacy for 99 cents at

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In 1927 while on a Grand Tour, Spencer A. Wentworth, a young scion of a wealthy old banking family of Long Island, New York Gold Coast, receives an urgent telegram to come home immediately. No explanation. Upon arriving home, he was handed a huge responsibility that he was not prepared for.

As the stock market begins to collapse, he is plagued with worries that the family will lose everything including Wentworth Hall, his ancestral home. Honoring his promise to preserve it, he is determined to save Wentworth Hall at any cost.

His sister, Emma, caught in a love triangle with a married man who ends in a tragic death has her own worries to save the family reputation.

It is a tale of responsibility, love, betrayal and suspense during the Gilded Age with a backdrop of a way of life long gone. 

Take advantage of the Kindle Countdown Deal and get your copy today!


Until next time. Stop and smell the roses.

Rosalinda Morgan, The Rose Lady

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