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Bill Bird of Natomas, author of Sacramento Vegetable Gardening, gets back to work in his garden by tackling an annual chore pruning roses:
"I've come to learn that it really doesn't matter how I cut these roses back. What matters is that I do cut them back. After three or four years of solid growth, the roses have always jumped back to life in the spring. And some, like the 'Stinkin' Lincoln' (a.k.a. Mister Lincoln), are now large enough to grow right over the fence line and keep right on growing.
"By the way, does anyone know why the favorite known as Mister Lincoln is sometimes referred to as the 'Stinkin' Lincoln'? Introduced by Swim and Weeks in 1964, Mister Lincoln is one of the most enduring red hybrid tea roses ever developed. While other red roses have come and gone, Mister Lincoln has endured the test of time and is a favorite of many growers. It is also the most fragrant of all hybrid tea (long-stemmed) roses, earning it the well- deserved nickname of 'Stinkin Lincoln.' "
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