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Marchesa Boccella

Marquise Bocella
Rose of the Month For April, 2006
by Barbara Picarelli

I was out in my garden yesterday, doing puttering type jobs, mini pruning, weeding etc, when I noticed that my ‘Jacques Cartier’ was blooming. Now I can hear the wheels turning as you think WHAT is she talking about? Yes, this rose goes by both names, including ‘Marquise Boccella’, as well as ‘Marquise Bocella’. While it is sold in this country as ‘Jacques Cartier’, for exhibition purposes, it must be listed as ‘Marchesa Boccella’.

Hybridized in 1868, it has stood the test of time, as well as multiple names. A hybrid perpetual, it has flowers of a lovely soft clear pink, opening from tight buds to about 3-4 inches across and gives off a lovely fragrance. The flowers are very double, with petal count of around 50, and can be borne singly or in clusters. My bush happens to do both. It blooms all summer long, and probably thinks since spring is here, may as well start blooming. The foliage is very clean, with light green leaves when new turning to a sort of greenish blue color as they age. It can be used as a shrub or bush, and my “bush” is about 4 feet tall. Botanica’s Roses say it can be used as a good bedding variety or as a hedge.

Previous Roses of the Month:

March, 2006
Gold Medal

February, 2006
Sophy's Rose

January, 2006
Sombreuil

October & November, 2005
Rhonda

September, 2005
Georgia

August, 2005
Yvonne Rabier

July, 2005
The McCartney Rose

June, 2005
Rosette Delizy

May, 2005
The Green Rose

April, 2005
St. Patrick

March, 2005
R. rugosa

February, 2005
Baronne Prevost

January, 2005
Fortunes Double Yellow

November, 2004
Iceberg

October, 2004
Touch of Class, Tournament of Roses, and Taboo

September, 2004
All That Jazz

August, 2004
Peace

July, 2004
Betty Prior

June, 2004
Gertrude Jekyll

May, 2004
Sally Holmes

April, 2004
Double Delight

March, 2004
Gartendirecktor Otto Linne

February, 2004
Little Artist

January, 2004
Complicata

November, 2003
Penelope

October, 2003
Westerland

September, 2003
Elina


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