Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Peace Rose

Rosa ’Madame A. Meilland' universally known as the “Peace Rose” is ubiquitous in the modern American landscapes. For as common and easily recognized as she is, she has a most uncommon and intriguing history. Peace was created between 1935 and 1939 by the great French horticulturalist, Francis Meilland, who sent cuttings of the new rose to friends all over the world to protect her from the German invasion he feared. It is said that she arrived in the United States on the last plane to leave France before Paris fell.


Some say that Roosevelt christened Madame Meilland the Peace Rose in the hope of peace to come.  Some say it was a British Office who was instrumental in creating the war plan that ended WWII and humbly declined the honor of having the rose carry his name. Legends blossom where myth meets history; and Meilland’s beautiful hybrid tea with deep green foliage, mellow gold and crimson-rimmed blooms is the very essence of a romantic legend. 




Friday, June 30, 2017

Europeana

Europeana is a very hardy, disease resistant floribunda rose.  Bushing round and tall with thick clusters of blooms so prolific as to often obscure the beautiful green foliage and bronze tinted new growth that surrounds them, this rose lasts the summer never daunted by the heat.  These velvety red roses hold a sweet tea scent.  Taken all together this is a perfect rose for the first time rose gardener.





Monday, June 19, 2017

A Riot in the Garden

I think formal gardens, although beautiful, are a sign of human hubris. Nature owes us nothing and shares everything with us. To constrain Her, to force Her into patterns and method is a step too far. Therefore, my gardens are chaos itself, color, scent, texture and size run riot.














Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Rose Show 2017

Of all flowers, the rose is among the most beautiful.  From the high centered hybrid tea to the peony like English rose they grace the landscape with every color imaginable and scent the wind with inspiration. Welcome to the Denver Rose Society Rose Show.  The theme of the show was “Birthday Bash” in honor of the DRS 70th anniversary.