It’s Licorice… I swear It’s Licorice

Much has been written about the David Austin roses said to smell like “myrrh” — but as far as I can tell, not as much about what actual myrrh is supposed to smell like.

Fair Bianca is one of the myrrh-scented types, but I can say here, at least, it is a licorice lover’s delight. There is a surprising replication of old-school black licorice candy.

Also, as I have said before, I find the Internet rumors of this variety being “sickly” both unjustified and unfair. I keep mine in a large pot (and tucked away in our detached garage for the winter). From April through November it sits against the south wall of the house, facing the steps to our back deck. Here is one of its late-October blooms…