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Yes, it’s a Thomas Hardy quote, in honour of the fulsome ‘Jude the Obscure’, a David Austin rose. He is a beauty, isn’t he? Gorgeously scented too, but a terrible cut flower; all the petals drop almost immediately. Is that why he was named after such a sad and sorry literary character?

I can’t even read the book, the synopsis is enough to make me want to poke my eyes out with a fork. Also, I was made to suffer through ‘Far From The Madding Crowd’ in high school, and studying a book in high school is enough to put you off any author for life.

I’ll just enjoy my beautiful roses instead.

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