Thursday, May 3, 2012

The McCartney Rose

(‘Nirvana’ x ‘Papa Meilland’) x ‘First Prize’
Hybridizer – Meilland, France, 1991 

This heavily scented rose was originally named for Paul McCartney of “The Beatles” but Paul wanted it to be named in honor of his entire family whose favourite flower is the Rose.

The bloom is a very deep pink, starts high centered and then cupped as they mature.  The blooms repeat very well all through the summer and into autumn. Its petal count is about 40.  It has very dark, large and glossy leaves.  It is a very vigorous plant and tall - reaching about 6- 7 ft.  If left untamed, it will encroach on the neighboring plant - the canes will grow sideways.  The best place to grow it is in the corner of a bed where it can have more elbow room.  I have two “The McCartney Rose” plants in my garden and they are very healthy.  

 “The McCartney Rose” has a strong fragrance and has garnered so many awards:
·         Bagatelle Fragrance Prize 1988
·         Geneva Gold Medal 1988
·         Le Roeuix Gold Medal and Fragrance Prize 1988
·         Madrid Fragrance Prize 1988
·         Monza Gold Medal and Fragrance Prize 1988
·         Paris Gold Medal 1988
·         Belfast Fragrance Prize 1993
·         Durbanville Fragrance Prize 1993
·         Paris Fragrance Prize 1993

Roses are easy plants to grow contrary to popular belief. Why do you think Roses have been around for millions of years?  All they need are food, water and sunlight.  Just like you and me.  

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