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"The subject of old roses sparks many thoughts -- of romance, history, and big, overgrown gardens full of cottage flowers.  However, old roses are fine plants for modern gardens and fit into a variety of situations. They offer color, scent, form and -- in or out of bloom -- they are always worth a good story. Old roses have a past, and they aren't afraid to admit it.".The rose 'Marie Pavie' dates from 1888 and offers pale pink flowers with good scent.  This variety is very tough and easy to grow.