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Sombreuil

Sombreuil
Rose of the Month For January, 2006
by Barbara Picarelli

Whoa, what happened to 2005? Here we are perusing catalogues and wishing for the latest and greatest from all the great new roses for 2006. Well, since I was out making sure everyone got to see our Rose Gardens on the Conference Tour, I missed the super talk about 2006 roses, so Iíll have to focus on another rose.

I looked through all my rose books and came up with Sombreuil, sold in Europe as Mlle de Sombreuil, and dating back to Robert in France from 1850. It is sometimes found as Colonial White as well. Legend has it that it was named after a heroine of the French Revolution who is reputed to have drunk the blood of an aristocrat to prove her fatherís non-aristocratic status. (Wonder why they didnít name a red flower after her?) The flower is a lovely white with perhaps an occasional touch of rose and/or yellow. Itís a flat flower, quartered, and very double blooms, which are also scented. It is classed as a tea/climber in some books, but Vintage Gardens and Phillip Robinson have it listed as a twentieth century climber descended from R. wichuraiana. Although my books say itís a moderate size, mine is up in an apricot tree and along a fence. It is a very hardy rose, and blooms repeatedly all summer. And where did I get my plant? My old favorite haunt, Vintage Gardens.

Previous Roses of the Month:

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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