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Sophy's Rose

Sophy's Rose
Rose of the Month For February, 2006
by Barbara Picarelli

I obtained this rose a year ago after seeing Betty Mottís entry in a rose show. Iím not a big fan of Austin roses, thinking the heads tend to droop too much, but this one is captivating. Mine is more of a stunning magenta color, with a lovely round flat multipetalled shape, typical of most Austin roses.

David Austinís web site calls it calls it a light red rose and a shrub to three feet tall, but mine is in a pot and is fully more than 4 feet tall and still blooming. (I know it's winter but this rose doesnít.) The flowers have up to 60 petals which he calls fully double and are fairly flat rosette shape with bright yellow stamens when fully open. There is a light tea fragrance not as pronounced as some of the Austin Roses, but pleasant. Itís a prolific bloomer, with wonderful repeat bloom, which is why I decided to buy it. The foliage is a nice green color and free of disease (is there such a thing?) with a rather twiggy growth habit.

Hybridized by Austin in 1999 itís actually named after the Dyslexia Association. Why is not fully explained in my journals. Itís easily available at most nurseries.

Previous Roses of the Month:

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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