The arrival of the royal baby this week has had many “all a twitter” with speculation as to whether or not it would be a boy of a girl. If you haven’t already heard, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth on July 22, 2013 to a healthy baby boy weighing in at 8 pounds and 6 ounces and is third in line to the British throne. Mother and baby are said to be doing fine.
As with so many joyous occasions, people around the world celebrate with roses. I don’t think I can remember ever visiting a new mother and child with no roses present. Nor can I recall ever being in attendance at a wedding where roses were not on display. It was so when William and Catherine, now Duke & Duchess of Cambridge married on April 29, 2011. Famed hybridizer of English roses David Austin introduced a splendid white rose, ‘William and Catherine’ in the UK that carries their name. His description of this rose is excellent:
The flowers of ‘William and Catherine’ are particularly beautiful with the classic shallow cup shape and the very full petalled form of many of the Old Roses. At the centre of each bloom is a button eye of small inward folding petals. As the flowers first start to open the colour is a soft creamy apricot, which quickly fades to cream and then to pure white – the overall impression is very much of white. The petals drop very cleanly, which is a very important attribute in a white rose. It is an extremely healthy variety, forming a most attractive and bushy, but relatively upright, shrub. The fragrance is pure myrrh and of medium strength. ‘William and Catherine’ will be excellent for mixed borders, informal rose borders and more formal beds. – David Austin Roses
With so much speculation about the baby now arrived, thoughts for many rose lovers turn to how soon a rose will be named to honor this blessed occasion. What color would you choose? What name would you give this rose?
Time will tell…. Stay tuned….