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This is a new species of climbing rose [at least new to me; I've never seen this color until early this year]. For about a dozen years or more now, there has been a deep, velvety, bright, red and wonderful climbing rose called Don Juan. I fell in love with the hybrid about ten years ago when I spied it in someone's yard and asked what it was - so I could find me a plant at the nursery. The blossom really doesn't look like the typical climbing rose with numerous petals, but resembles more the tea rose when it blooms.

At Fox Nursery here in town this Spring, I always check out the potted roses early, before the influx of buyers raid the yard in the back of the establishment and then if I'm too late, the newer kinds are all grabbed up and there is 'slim pickens' for variety. I found this one. It too is Don Juan, but in this case it's Don Juan Pink. Also, a climbing rose. And the coloration is fabulous. This photo actually does not do it justice. It's such a vibrant 'hot pink'...ever so bright!!

It's planted just off the patio with the support of the upright beam and just opposite of a yellow trumpet plant. It's blooming but barely climbing yet. In a couple of years it will hopefully be full and up to the patio roof!








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Let's take this as what it is, a confession time for me. Yes, I'm pushing 60 and I must admit, I have never, ever, had a mango! The other day, at the grocery store where we go almost daily to get the 'freshest' veggies for dinner, I wanted a couple of bananas to snack on. And, ewwwwwwwwwwwww, the bananas were so ripe, the veggie and fruit bin area reeked of the sweet, over ripe smell. I like my bananas with just a hint of green still on the stem, and a firm fruit. So, I didn't pick any up. I have apples and oranges year 'round in the house, but I wanted something different. The store's mangoes were 3 for a $1. Hey, what a deal! I've always wanted to try one, never had the option like the one that was facing me straight on. So, I picked out three. And another confession, I had no idea what to 'look for' in picking the right ones! LOL. I get 'em home, cut one up in cubes after taking off the skin/rind, put the cubes of fruit on a saucer and go into the dining room with the Sports section of the newspaper [ya, I read about baseball daily], and pierce a chunk of mango. Not bad. Kinda tart, and bitter at the same time. Fruity and tangy. But there is a distinct taste that wouldn't come to me. So I scoop another piece and put it in my mouth and twirled it around trying to come up with the taste that is eluding my taste buds. Chew it...swallow. The after taste of the 2nd piece made me realize just what the flavor is! A mango tastes like a nectarine, plum mix with a little hint of Windex!!

I confess, I've only had the one so far, and I will eat the other two. Hey, what the heck ---it may just come as an acquired taste of cleanser, and someday I may grow to like it a lot.

66 comments :

  1. The roses are beyond beautiful sweetie.

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  2. Oh HOn - mangos are so good for you and filled with lots of anti-oxidants and other goodies. It's great sliced in cottage cheese or just on its own. I love sucking the big pit - very juicy!!!
    Happy Saturday!
    L

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  3. that's a nice rose plant, anni!

    mangoes are good. they're my favorite.

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  4. Pink is my favorite color! Those roses are 'bright' and beautiful. Mine's up too.

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  5. lol - that's funny! i must say that many aussies are just nuts over mango. i love them too. :) btw, that rose has such a lovely bright pink to it! NICE!!

    http://www.mistyeiz.com/2008/06/28/star-light-star-bright/

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  6. ooo gorgeous pink .. lovely 'bright' rose .. thanks for dropping by :)

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  7. great colours on the roses, my daughter loves pink!
    view mine if you wish here thanks

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  8. Good morning Anni, I love your rose and the color is outstanding... a great choice for today..I don't think that I want to taste your Windex mango...maybe tons of cool whip on top of them would help... I love light cool whip in the can...I use it on my sugar-free pudding all of the time..

    Enjoy your day, I am going to my 45th nurse's reunion today..looking forward to seeing old friends..
    Hugs, Baba

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  9. Very lovely pics!

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  10. i love roses as I grew up surrounded by them (family business). your photos reminded me of wonderful childhood memories. thanks...
    happy weekend! =)

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  11. i love roses as I grew up surrounded by them (family business). your photos reminded me of wonderful childhood memories. thanks...
    happy weekend! =)

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  12. If you got your mango a little more ripe the taste changes considerably. Nery sweet and delicious. Love the rose. We have a couple of old fashioned florabunda rose bushes that my husband's late wife Sharon planted. One has struggled but I think it will finally make it and the other does very well.

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  13. Love the rose pics! A mango needs to be soft and ripe before eating. And they are messy, but oh soooo good!!! Now I'm wanting one, or two......

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  14. Beautiful roses. certainly Bright.

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  15. pretty rose and lovin it...happy hunting!

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  16. Look I really like the hot pink rose - it is gorgeous! But I just LOVE mangos! We have them here every summer - I'm in Australia. Yum!

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  17. G'Day,
    I never had a decent mango in the US but when I moved to Australia ... wow, best fruit in the whole world.

    cheers
    dale

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  18. Anni,you can make your mango shake or mango smoothie. The Philippines is one of the countries where sweet, succulent and juicy mangoes can be had. We eat those as it is. It can be made into pies and cheesecakes too. My children love the refrigerated mango cake with cream and graham crackers :)

    Pardon, I rambled too much about the mango :)

    That rose is so lovely :)

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  19. im loving the bright pink hue!

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  20. I love those roses!

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  21. oooohhh i love that bright pink flower...it really pretty!

    Pearl

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  22. I like the roses, I have killed my fair share of rose bushes. GREAT PICTURE!!

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  23. That rose is wonderful - and mangoes are really nice, although I have a feeling the ones you bought may have been a little over-ripe - hence the slight turpentine flavour. I cube them on the skin - cut one side off then cross-hatch it turning it inside out makes it look really interesting and it is easier to munch on the flesh - I have heard it said that it is best to eat mangoes naked - so you don't have to worry about the juice dripping everywhere. So next time, plan a solitary feast :)

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  24. The roses look great.
    Your recipe for strawberry Italian ice sounds delicious!! Gonna try it out soon. Would be a great for the humid weather I'm stuck with now :)

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  25. Oh no my dear! A mango should not contain a hint of windex at all. You have been ripped off. And it should not taste like a nectarine or a plum. Totally different, I think your mango's were not ripe enough! Or Fresh Frozen as a lot of fruit is these days. Blah

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  26. What a beautiful and bright rose!

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  27. Beautiful rose!

    I had to laugh at your mango story. Our first trip to Hawaii ten years ago, our B&B hostess supplied papaya every morning. I didn't like it and she said it was an "acquired taste." This last December when we went back, our B&B hostess also served papaya every morning - I learned to like it! Mango - I bought some when they were on sale as well, and kinda liked it. My DIL from Kenya misses her back yard fresh-off-the-tree mangos of her childhood.

    Thanks for coming over to S&T yesterday - I didn't realize I had CSU so prominently displayed until you mentioned the sack - I had to go back and see what you were talking about! Too funny. I almost made a snide remark about CU in my post, by decided to take the high road - HA!!

    Looking forward to Monday morning when I don't have to set my alarm for 5:00!

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  28. That's a lovely picture and I think your mango was not yet ripe. Mangoes are best when they are soft but firm to the touch and fragrant. The taste should be sweet with a slightly sourish undernote. Lovely! :)

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  29. I grow roses, Anni - and I have some beautiful climbing roses around the garden.

    And yes, we all enjoy mangoes too!

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  30. What a beautiful bright rose! I love roses, and this of yours looks lovely.

    Mango? I'm older than you, and I've not tried one yet. I agree on bananas - by the time they have brown specks (when I'm told they're at their best!) I find them barely edible. Past that and they taste of chemicals! My family thinks I'm nuts!!!

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  31. Beautiful rose! Flowers makes our day brighter :) .

    So you were a mango virgin ;) , congratulations for being adventurous. I love mangoes.

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  32. Gorgeous roses. Great take on the bright theme.

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  33. That's a pretty rose!

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  34. That's a pretty rose!

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  35. The second photo is really gorgeous!

    BTW I have to apologize for your less than sublime mango tasting experience. Mangoes are my favorite fruit in the entire world, but I know it is difficult to find a really good mango. In my (biased) opinion, yellow mangoes are FAR better than the red indian ones. As for the Windex taste in the mango, it is possible you ate the mango before it ripened properly. Or.... in the Philippines, when you get a taste like that it's because the growers have used a chemical to ripen the mango so they can sell it quicker. It really should not have that taste!

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  36. Anni,

    I love your pink Don Juan. I have seen the red but never the pink and on my monitor it looks like a brilliant hot pink. It is beautiful and does look more like a tea rose.

    I had a red climber but a few years back it winter killed and I have not planted another. Maybe next spring. I wanted to do it again this spring but with so much to do I just don't have the time. My garden is greatly neglected this year with no time for weeding. The front bed hasn't been planted yet, but with the boys being off school now, I'm hoping to get it done.

    I have had mango before. They are not my favorite fruit but I do pick them up once in a great while when they are on sale. We try to keep bananas, apples and oranges in the house but lately the oranges have been terrible and the price is going sky high.

    Enjoyed my visit, as always. I hope you and Bud are having a great Saturday.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  37. Anni,

    I love your pink Don Juan. I have seen the red but never the pink and on my monitor it looks like a brilliant hot pink. It is beautiful and does look more like a tea rose.

    I had a red climber but a few years back it winter killed and I have not planted another. Maybe next spring. I wanted to do it again this spring but with so much to do I just don't have the time. My garden is greatly neglected this year with no time for weeding. The front bed hasn't been planted yet, but with the boys being off school now, I'm hoping to get it done.

    I have had mango before. They are not my favorite fruit but I do pick them up once in a great while when they are on sale. We try to keep bananas, apples and oranges in the house but lately the oranges have been terrible and the price is going sky high.

    Enjoyed my visit, as always. I hope you and Bud are having a great Saturday.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  38. Hi sweetie! I too, am not a fan of the mango! My twin loves them dried as a snack...not me! lol....Your roses are beautiful I never could grow roses! My hunt is up, fianlly, come take a peek

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  39. Beautiful, bright rose buds! Your description of the mango cracked me up "...with a hint of WindeX!" Too funny. Have a great day. ThanX for stopping by.

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  40. I grow roses as well and love that pink and the friendliness of it

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  41. The roses are beautiful! Great shots for this week's bright theme. Happy Hunting!

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  42. I liked the roses and the mango! I've always admired roses... i really don't know why (my weakness, I guess) and mango, yummm! my husband used to tease coz I always have the green mango at home, I don't trade it with ice cream nor chocolate, hahaha!
    have a great weekend!

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  43. Windex!! My..now I have to go and get one to see what it tastes like. I think I have eaten them maybe not. Oh well.
    i LOVE your roses!! i just cannot grow them. I have tried and tried so i just stick to what grows for me. Sandy

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  44. That is such a pretty and vibrant shade of pink! I love pink; it's my very favorite color.

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  45. Such beautiful pink roses~& my fave color too ;)

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  46. What a beautiful rose!

    I've never had mango either!

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  47. What a lovely bright shade of pink! Wonderful choice for The Hunt. Thanks for the visit - also appreciate you dropping in on a Satur. to say "hey."

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  48. Ozkatt6/28/2008

    Actually, I've never tasted Windex! We have mangoes here called turpentine mangoes...and believe me they do taste like the smell of turps. They're a wild mango.

    That fruit you've photographed is what we call a Mexican mango...probably because that's where they come from.

    We have a few months to go before it's mango season here...and I can't wait. By August I'm suffering mango withdrawal symptoms.

    Have a lovely week.

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  49. Beautiful roses, and it sounds like the mango you got was a little less than ripe--ideally you want it to be softer than most fruit you would purchase but not pruney. It will be super sweet and makes a GREAT smoothie. (My middle child is addicted to Mangoes.)

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  50. I love roses … and this one is certainly bright pink! I enjoy mango and kiwi … but they’re recently acquired tastes for me as well. Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs and blessings,

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  51. You take really good photos Anni, love those flowers. :)

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  52. hehe - you are not just an ordinary Flower - you are a Rose.

    Great great (did I knew it?)

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  53. Have been eating a lot of mangoes lately....:D

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  54. What an incredibly bright color of rose. It is very beautiful.

    Have a great weekend.

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  55. Wow, Anni, that is bright alright. Wonderful how beautiful nature can be, isn't it? :)

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  56. Your photo hunt "bright" roses are incredible! They look perfect...I love roses and grow some--but none as fine as these.

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  57. Your picture is beautiful ! I am sitting here in the garden of a camping place behind our appartment building where I have Internet connection. but it's quite slow. I decided to come here each morning for an hour while Mr. Gattino is still asleep ! Don't worry about the Mango I think I ate my first one around 50, lol !

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  58. The roses are red and beautiful. And congrats with starting on mangoes. They are real tasty, and as a tip - even better after being cooled in a fridge for a while.

    Have a great weekend!

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  59. Love the pink rose and mangoes are my favourite. :)
    Thanks for dropping by.

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  60. sallyacious6/29/2008

    I have peonies like your rose. This gorgeous, deep, vibrating pink that I cannot quite get photographs to capture. This is a pretty rose.

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  61. Strawberries and Cream; what lovely name for a yummy looking flower!

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  62. That's a very pretty flower! Thank you for your visit to my blog! :)

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  63. those pink blooms are gorgeous? or am i just partial to pinks? hee hee. no, they truly are gorgeous! :)

    thanks for visiting my photo hunt entry! :)

    have a great week ahead!

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  64. love the roses! thanks for visiting! :)

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  65. beautiful roses that make great photos :-)

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