I planted a new rose today. Peace (see representative photo). This type of rose is the most famous and possibly the most successful rose ever grown. Originally developed in France by horticulturist Francis Melliand during the coming Nazi invasion of his country he sent cuttings of this fledgling rose to friends in Italy, Turkey, Germany and the United States. Peace was announced the the world on April 29, 1945, the day that Berlin fell, the official end of World War II. Later that year, Peace roses were given to each delegate of the inaugural meeting of the United Nations, each with a note that read “We hope the ‘Peace’ rose will influence men’s thoughts for everlasting world peace”.
I planted this rose in memory of my mother who passed away two years ago this month. She loved roses and passed this love on to me. After a long battle to recover from mutiple strokes and to complications of diabetes, I thank God she is at “Peace” in heaven.