June Crawford Sanders
Bio Note: Living in the Sierra foothills provides great "scope for imagination" to quote "Anne with an e". The circus in my yard changes daily, with performing deer who dance on their back legs to reach acorns on tall branches, and wild tom turkeys in magnificent display with hopes of obtaining the favor of their favorite hen. My most recent foray into publishing resulted in the honor of having three poems rejected by Rattle.
Guns and Roses
About 60 miles from Willcox - birthplace of Rex Allen and home of the Rex Allen Museum - between 9,795 foot Chiricahua Peak and Rio San Pedro south of I-10 in Cochise County in the Sonoran Desert the largest rosebush in the world grows in the courtyard of the Rose Tree Museum in Tombstone, Arizona just one block north of the historic court house and within gunshot of the O.K. Corral. In 1885 a young Scottish woman, Mary Gee, bride of a mining engineer, was staying at the Cochise House while her own home was being built. Mary grew homesick for her native Scotland and its green hills. Her family, thinking it would cheer her to have some part of her homeland with her, shipped from far across the ocean several plants and cuttings, including her favorite Lady Banksia Rose. Mary gave one of these rosebushes to Amelia Adamson, the proprietress who had befriended her. Together they planted it in the back yard of the inn where it quickly took root and soon over-grew a nearby shed. Today the trunk is over 12 feet in circumference. Its branches, spreading over 8,000 square feet and supported by an iron and post trellis, are covered from mid-March thru April with thousands of small white double roses. Mary’s rosebush has bloomed every Spring for 135 years. And you can see it for five dollars.
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