Rose: The McCartney Rose
Class: Hybrid Tea
Date of Introduction: 1995
Parentage: (‘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” in my previous garden and they were 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
Tip #13 – When you find yourself getting worked into a tizzy over something you know to be easy, back off, turn around, breathe, calm down or do nothing.
Until Next time. Stop and Smell the Roses