Nanette Londeree

Baby Love

‘Baby Love’ was bred in the United Kingdom by Len Scrivens in 1992 from a cross of an orange blend miniature called ‘Sweet Magic’ and a seedling that was a cross of an unnamed seedling and the light red species, ‘R. davidii elongate’. Modern Roses 12 lists nine registered roses for Len Shrivens – the …

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James Mason

Peter Beales introduced this gallica in 1982, just before James Mason’s death in 1984. James Mason, a well-known British actor, was an avid rosarian and a lover of cats. He and his wife, Pamela, wrote a book about their cats and James illustrated it. Due to his keen interest in roses, the James Mason Medal …

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Betty Prior

Not complicated or fragile. Hardy and enduring. Well, in a word, sensible. Thomas C. Cooper writes: “the rose ‘Betty Prior’ is rumored to be the favorite of the Queen of England, and if this is true, I imagine the appeal for her is similar to that of another English institution for which she has a …

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Double Delight

If someone asked me what my favorite rose is, while I might pause for a brief moment to consider, I undoubtedly would come up with ‘Double Delight.’ Not that I am particularly partial to hybrid teas, but this rose has so much going for it that it remains one of the most popular roses in …

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Marquise Bocella

I was out in my garden yesterday, doing puttering type jobs, mini pruning, weeding, etc., when I noticed that my ‘Jacques Cartier’ was blooming. Now I can hear the wheels turning as you think WHAT is she talking about? Yes, this rose goes by both names, including ‘Marquise Boccella’, as well as ‘Marquise Bocella’. While …

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Fairhope

Fairhope, Alabama, was established in 1894 by an “adventurous” group of people who believed that they had a “fair chance of success” in creating their “utopian single tax” city. Located on the southwestern tip of Alabama on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay, Fairhope today is a resort town known as Alabama’s Seaside Paradise. ‘Fairhope’, …

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Peace

Some have accused this writer of being an Anglophile for featuring so many English roses. Well, here’s one for the French. The story of the rose, ‘Peace’, is well known to rose lovers, but always puts a lump in my throat and hope in my heart. The Meilland Family of France have been growing roses …

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