With all the hoopla in the press recently over the current Pope’s retirement I remembered this post written in 2011 upon my planting of ‘Pope John Paul II’ hybrid Tea roses in my garden. The life of a Pope is filled with such pomp and circumstance, yet also full of solitude fortitude and rectitude. . Something to consider, yet again…..
I recently added a new hybrid tea to my rose garden. “Pope John Paul II.” This lovely white rose was introduced by Jackson & Perkins in 2006. It was hybridized by Dr. Keith Zary and is a cross between the roses “Secret & Fragrant Lace”. It is said to be one of the most durable white hybrid tea roses in commerce today. I have also verified with my own nose that it does have some fragrance! A light citrus scent. Woot! Woot!
This rose is named in honor of the beloved Pope John Paul II was specially selected by the Vatican and is now planted in the Vatican gardens overlooking St. Peter’s Basilica.
While I am not of the Catholic faith, I had and have a great respect for this man. When he died some years ago, I remember writing a few things I have learned from him. They were brought to mind as I…
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