Yesterday: Raining. Ventured out to cut a few blooms and buds from 'Mme. Zoetmans'. Moved the vase off the kitchen table when I noticed the thrips. (And wiped down the table!) Old Garden Rose buds do open completely if picked when the sepals are fully lowered. (Thank you for that tip, Ray Reddell.) 'Kazanlik' (a.k.a. 'Trigintipetala') has another bloom. There are other summer damask roses I think smell sweeter. I'm certainly not getting out there at dawn, the traditional time they're picked to make attar of roses. I'm sure the concentration process has a lot to do with it, too. In my opinion, the summer damasks 'Mme. Zoetmans' and 'Mme. Hardy' have a stronger scent, and so does the alba 'Maiden's Blush.' Even some types of autumn damask are more fragrant. (There are apparently several different roses floating around called autumn damasks, some more nicely scented than others.)
Today: Still raining. 'Morning Has Broken' shrub rose blooming.