What's a dooryard?

Cynthia Mueller cynthiasbulbs@hotmail.com
Sat, 08 Feb 2014 15:24:44 PST
The only reference to a dooryard I remember was connected to the phrase 'dooryard rose' which meant a small bloom such as those on the plant Cecil Brunner. One took it from where the plant grew by the door and fastened it into a buttonhole. And sure enough, Google brings up a citation from the American Rose Annual, 1935 p. 3, for a poem called In Dooryards by Florence Van Fleet Lyman. Dr. Walter Van Fleet, a highly regarded early American rosarian, bred a number of roses of this type. You can see citations about him and the dooryard roses at the rose site 'helpmefind.com. ' -Cynthia Mueller
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