In my reader survey, most of you voted for posts about gardens and gardening... so voila! Let's chat about the Eden rose.
The Eden rose is also known as 'Pierre de Ronsard', named after the poet of the same name. The rose was cultivated by Meilland International in 1985 in France.
To be honest, I thought it was named the Eden Rose because it is so pretty I figured the cultivator imagined that this rose would be climbing up the gates to the Garden of Eden.
The rose is a large old-rose type with beautiful cupped blooms of 100 petals. It has a blend of pink, cream, and ivory reaching 4 1/2 inches!
Due to the large flowers, the weight causes the rose to bow its heads. It has a light tart scent.
|the rose is bowing its head here in this picture|
It is a climbing rose that can reach up to 12' in height! It is a repeat bloomer, which is perfect for my flower cutting needs!
It is very disease resistant, however, it is not extremely rain tolerant and buds that are near bloom will ball up and rot if it is rained on.
It is one of the finest climbers in all of the roses and is in the Rose Hall of Fame.
|the first two roses in the picture are eden. The rest are other assorted garden roses|
I'll leave you with the poem written by Pierre de Ronsard. This poet was known as the "Prince of Poets" during the Renaissance.
See, Mignonne, hath not the Rose,
That this morning did unclose
Her purple mantle to the light,
Lost, before the day be dead,
The glory of her raiment red,
Her colour, bright as yours is bright?
Ah, Mignonne, in how few hours,
The petals of her purple flowers
All have faded, fallen, died;
Sad Nature, mother ruinous,
That seest thy fair child perish thus
‘Twixt matin song and even tide.
Hear me, my darling, speaking sooth,
Gather the fleet flower of your youth,
Take ye your pleasure at the best;
Be merry ere your beauty flit,
For length of days will tarnish it
Like roses that were loveliest.
I just had to share this picture from Patina Farm. Here is the eden rose climbing up a trellis with the goat in the background!
|source Patina Farm|
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