‘Reine Des Violettes’ – Hybrid Perpetual
I love old roses. They are resilient, fragrant, put on a big show in the garden and are generally pleasing overall. I am not a big fan of purple and lavender roses. This rose however, has captured my heart. I have a friend who grows the most wonderful old roses and helped me to realize the beauty of these roses. Now he’s just an old grouch..Seriously..
I think my love of British history, the Elizabethan and Victorian eras in particular drew me to the hybrid perpetuals. This rose was introduced in 1860. Queen Victoria was on the throne and the industrial revolution had begun. A new “middle class” was emerging in the UK. The ability to have your own rose garden became a reality for many and the popularity of rose shows was in swing, many new roses were being introduced. It is said that in 1894 Queen Victoria took quite an interest in rose shows herself and presented a silver cup to be awarded to the best amateur. The winner of that cup had their roses taken to Windsor Castle and were displayed on her majesties dinner table. In 1899 she visited the show herself and presented another challenge cup. *
This is probably the most fragrant rose in my garden. I see an awesome flush of bloom in the spring and have just this year seen some repeat bloom. All in all, a great garden rose!
June is National Rose Month!
Grow Roses. Show Roses. Share Roses.
*Source: National Windsor Rose & Horticultural Society