Lovina's June Roses #2 by Suzanne Lewis

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The abundance and lushness of Lovina’s rose garden in June is nearly overwhelming. What to choose to cut and photograph when any and all are generously offered? Sometimes, restraint is called for and just three varieties can bring their beauties together to create a pastel loveliness. The incredible white rose is the antique Damask from 1832 called ‘Mme Hardy’ and its unique beauty speaks volumes. It was named by the hybridizer in tribute to his wife so I figure he must have adored her. The other two are English roses, the handiwork of David Austin, in which the best qualities of old roses and more modern varieties are united. ‘Sweet Juliet’ (1989) is the soft, dusty-peachy-pink and honors the tragic heroine of Romeo and Juliet. The apricot-yellow is ‘Jayne Austin’ (1990), whose grandparent is the famed ‘Gloire de Dijon’, a French Tea rose from 1853, and it’s named after an Austin daughter-in-law. I count all three women well-honored.


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