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Editor’s note: Along with InMenlo contributing photographer Frances Freyberg, we visited Kathy Brenzel’s Menlo Park backyard, which is ablaze with roses. This is the second report about what we saw; part one is here.

Kathy has a special place in her heart for the roses that Frances captured sitting in a little vase. “It’s an old-fashioned rose but I don’t know what it’s called,” she explained. [My husband] Dan saw it dripping over a fence when he was driving in San Jose near a property that was slated to become a shopping center.

“Because it was clear the plant was going to be pulled out, he took five cuttings and brought them home. We put them in a pot with potting soil and two of them took root. That was some time in the 80s. They only bloom once a year but they are glorious!”

Fired Up [tm] (above): “A landscape shrub rose, with cup-like blooms that are variously striped with vivid red and yellow against a background the color of blood oranges. Late in the day when backlit by the sun, these blooms really do blaze like fire. This is a great rose for dry climates; grows to 5 feet tall.”

Golden Celebration (above). A David Austin English rose with delicate, full-petalled, cup-shaped blooms. This slightly arching shrub grows big; mine to about 5 ½-6 feet, although if the canes stood straight up, they’d brush the house eaves. In fact, this rose can be trained as a climber.

Scentimental (above): Floribunda with blooms to 4 inches across; each bloom is striped with burgundy — some more, some less — and no two are the same; all have a sweet spicy fragrance.”

We asked Kathy an impossible question: Did she have a favorite? She replied: “All roses have their own personalities and own unique beauty. Some I love because they are so tough. Others because they are easy care and don’t need spraying or anything. I love them all for different reasons!”

Photos by Frances Freyberg (c) 2017

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Kathy Brenzel finds her Menlo Park garden ablaze with roses this spring

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That almost 50 roses populate Kathy Brenzel’s Menlo Park backyard may not be surprising given that she is the former Garden Editor of Sunset, who retired last year. But the roses go further back than her career at the magazine. “It all started with the Cl.Cécile Brünner,” she said about the roses surrounding her while being photographed by InMenlo contributing […]

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Numerous Earth Day related events planned in Atherton on April 22

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Atherton’s Earth Day celebration runs from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Town Center (Ashfield Road and Dinkelspiel Station Lane). The Town’s Environmental Programs Committee, Recology and the Atherton Library are teaming up to bring residents free garden mulch, e-waste safe recycling, secure shredding, eco-friendly 3-D printing, the San Mateo County Bookmobile, earth […]

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These spring flowers are blooming brightly thanks to all the rain

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Walking to the Stanford Shopping Center along Bay Laurel this week, it was impossible to ignore the abundance of blooms. We checked in with Menlo Park resident Kathy Brenzel, who served as Sunset’s garden editor for many years when the magazine was in Menlo Park. She emailed: “[All] this rain has done wonders for home gardens. My […]

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Spotted: Tree climbing chicken in Atherton

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Menlo Park resident Jennifer Morrissey snapped this photo of a chicken climbing a tree in Atherton. She emails: “Chicken belongs to one of my dog walking clients (he has a flock of 5). The chicken just started climbing the tree. He put some shredded bedding up there for her. Love it!”

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The Allied Arts Guild is ablaze in blooms today, thanks to the Garden Club of America flower show

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The Arts of the Garden — a judged Garden Club of America flower show displaying excellence, beauty and knowledge in floral design, horticulture, photography and conservation — took place at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park on Friday, March 31. InMenlo contributing photographer Frances Freyberg was on hand and sent us some photos, mostly […]

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Flowering pear trees bid farewell to winter

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The 30 plus inches of rain this season have kept InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ busy. So it seems fitting that his driveway is lined with flowering pear trees, among the first trees to blossom as winter yields to spring. Alas, it may not be the end of the wetness. Showers are predicted over the next […]

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Spotted: Sign of spring on sparkly sunny day

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Yesterday didn’t feel like it was still winter, rather much more like a late spring day. Robin Tobias snapped this happy flower with water droplets while jogging. Alas, the clouds are back today.  

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Local Garden Club celebrates The Arts of the Garden at competitive flower show

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The public is invited to view The Arts of the Garden, a judged Garden Club of America flower show displaying excellence, beauty and knowledge in floral design, horticulture, photography and conservation. Woodside-Atherton Garden Club is hosting the free event on Friday, March 31, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday, April 1, from 10:00 […]

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Spotted: Spooky black mushrooms in Menlo Park yard

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The lumpy black mushrooms that appeared last February are back, right on schedule (or nearly so). Emails Menlo Park homeowner Eric Sabelman: [They’re back] in plentiful quantities, the same species [slate grey saddle or fluted black elfin saddle (Helvella dryophila)], and mostly in the live oak leaf where I first saw them last year.” Photo by […]

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“The Orchid Whisperer” author, Bruce Rogers, will expand your orchid knowledge on Jan. 31

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Whether you are considering growing orchids, are having trouble with the orchids you are already trying to grow, or think you could never possibly grow orchids, Bruce Rogers can give you some advice. The author of The Orchid Whisperer will share his expert tips from more than three decades of breeding and growing orchids at […]

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