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Yvonne Rabier

Yvonne Rabier
Rose of the Month For August, 2005
by Barbara Picarelli

This dainty little rose caught my eye, again at Greg Loweryís private garden in Sebastopol. Amazingly, despite the rest of my roses defoliating with our unusual and nasty spring (or whatever that was), Yvonne Rabier remained lush and green and pretty. Itís a small bush, actually a polyantha with parentage of R. wichuraiana and a polyantha seedling. Bred in 1910 by Turbat, it is a modern rose and has small 1Ĺ-2 inch soft, silky white flowers with just a touch of lemon in the center, (and greenish tinged buds) borne in clusters that can cover the bush when in full bloom. Botanicaís Roses calls the flowers double but they actually have more petals than that. There is a nice fragrance, and it is a repeat bloomer. The best part is the shiny, sharply pointed, bright green leaves.

The bush is low growing and somewhat slow to start, but Iíve had mine for about 5-6 years, and itís about 3-4 feet high. Iíve never had to use any type spray on it for disease, although reportedly it can have some problems in areas that are exceeding damp.

I bought my rose at Vintage Gardens in Sebastopol but it is also available at Antique Roses in Texas, and Roses Unlimited in South Carolina.

Photo by Barbara Picarelli

Previous Roses of the Month:

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

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

September, 2004
All That Jazz

August, 2004

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

November, 2003

October, 2003

September, 2003

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