My wife first fell in love with this rose a few years ago at the Birmingham Rose Show. There it sat, in the Court of Honor and she was overcome by its beauty. I thought, this rose does have potential. Little did I know that is was one of the finest exhibition roses of our day…..
It took me a year or so to acquire this rose. They are not readily available.
We finally found them at K and M Roses, Bukatunna, MS. After a brief correspondence, they agreed to bring our selections to Atlanta to the ARS fall Nationals and I could pick them up there, thus saving the shipping costs. We purchased 4 roses:
Hot Princess -1
Marilyn Wellan – 2
Louise Estes – 1
They have a wonderful selection of exhibition roses and many other garden varieties. The owners, Mr. & Mrs. Mills are some of the nicest folks around. You should check them out…..
I am sure all will agree, this rose has a spectacular form. It being so late in the year, I hate to cut blooms, as I try to allow the roses to slow down and go dormant, but I could not resist cutting one bloom and bringing it inside for my sweetie!
I was unable to find the parentage of this rose. If anyone knows, please advise.