When the folks at Biltmore announced that they were releasing a rose named for famed Country music superstar Loretta Lynn, I knew I’d have to get one. Hybridized by Brad Jalbert, this rose is a real charmer. This rose was selected from the roses entered in the Biltmore International Rose Trials to be a part of the Biltmore Collection of roses. This prestigious rose trial attracts hybridizes from around the globe.
My shrub was purchased bud and bloom at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Spring Plant sale and I rushed home to plant it. The buds began to open this week and I couldn’t be more pleased.
As I do with all the roses in our garden, I will be tracking growth habit, bloom cycles and disease resistance. Early days yet, but this far Loretta’s namesake rose is a winner!
Van Leer – Loretta Lynn Rose
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you’re just a bloomin’ away down there Chris. I am way behind you here…;-)
I am way behind you here in Virginia too. Eager to hear what you think of Loretta in your garden.
Everytime I look at a bloom of this rose, I think of my sweet mama singing Coal Miners Daughter at the kitchen sink…. Bless her heart, she would be glad to know that I have this rose now…
Beautiful rose Chris. I love the petals form. Very nice she is! Still a while yet for any blooms for me but getting closer!!
Chris: could I please borrow your green thumbs? Just for one growing season?
Sure! Be glad to come help!
Thank you! Can’t wait to see her settle into the garden!
It is a beauty Chris. I think I have lost about 5 rose bushes over winter. I am just sick at the loss of my beauties. I keep hoping they will bud out but I think it is hopeless at this point.
I lost about 10 myself. I hated to see them go, but have enjoyed selecting new varieties to replace them!
You are so right, Chris, your Loretta Lynn Rose is a real charmer! Love the color. P. x
Pam, I can’t wait to see how she progresses this year. Happy Spring!
wish the climate here in Singapore can be conducive for such big blooms (fat hope me!)