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The McCartney Rose

The McCartney Rose
Rose of the Month For July, 2005
by Barbara Picarelli

I was a little before the Beatles, but that doesnít keep me from appreciating a rose named for one of them, The McCartney Rose. Also found under the names of Paul McCartney, Sweet Lady and The MacCartney Rose. This is a Hybrid Tea, in a rich medium clear pink that was hybridized by Meilland and introduced in 1991. Iím not the only one who loves it, as it was awarded The Geneva Gold Medal in 1988, LeRoix Gold Medal and Fragrance Award in 1988, Monza Gold Medal and Fragrance Award in 1988, Madrid Fragrance Award in 1988 and the Belfast Award for Fragrance in 1993. Is it any wonder that I love the smell of this rose? I didnít go out and buy it either, some years ago we were given a large number of roses by a local nursery after they realized both the roots and canes had been too severely pruned, and they could not sell the roses. Our Society took them and most were raised by some members and later raffled off or sold to members. I obtained two, and they have amazingly thrived.

The blooms have around 40 petals, with high centers in bud stage, opening to a more cupped flower up to 7 inches across. The fragrance will completely blow you away. I have had a couple roses in the kitchen and it scents the whole room. Iím really not a pink lover, but in this rose, it canít be beat. The bushes are fairly large, however, all the books say it will be of medium height. Since Iím 5 foot and the bushes are taller than me, Iím not sure what they call a ďmediumĒ plant. It does tend to black spot in rainy overcast weather, which weíve had plenty of lately. I recently deadheaded twenty flowers from one bush, and it blooms heavily all summer. The foliage is large, medium green and semi-glossy. The ARS handbook gives it a rating of 7.9. I love unusual, delicate roses, and this one certainly is.

Previous Roses of the Month:

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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