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12 September 2017


Another Matisse in the Royal Academy show: Safrano Roses at the Window 1925. A Safrano rose can be bought from Peter Beales here, although it’s more yellowish and less pink than Matisse’s version. The ‘repeat’ flowering is rather tempting; having just cleared the garden at the back of the shop perhaps we can find room to plant a Safrano rose. And it would be pleasing to plant a rose that has apparently been grown since 1839. (The name means pale saffron, Matisse’s pinkish hue must all have been in the eye of the beholder.)

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