Nov 25, 2011

The perfect pink rose: meet kathleen harrop...

If ever there were a perfect pink rose, 
this little lady has to be it. And a bit.
One cut flower can scent a whole room. I kid you not.
No thorns. Lusciously dark green leaves.
Please meet lady Kathleen Harrop.



 This little climbing rose was introduced in 1919,
as one of the last of the Bourbon varieties,
when it was fashionable to wear a buttonhole 
of a sweetly scented rosebud.
As I was dashing out of the front door this morning, 
this bloom caught my eye and my heart.
So she is now sitting in a vase on my desk, 
and the scent is intoxicating!

images: blue fruit

13 comments:

  1. Annie Loveridge25/11/11 11:29 AM

    She is certainly very pretty and is conjuring up the heady scent of fragrant roses for me - thank you! The scent of roses is one of my absolute favourites, and from one's own garden - heaven. Have a lovely weekend. Annie x.

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  2. Hello Annie. Thank you and I hope you have a wonderful weekend too. Must be busy packing! She is truly the most fabulous rose. And growing in a pot, too, which is even more amazing. I only planted her a couple of months ago, and already have been rewarded with such lovely blooms. Bliss! V x0

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  3. What a beauty! Enjoy it Virginia xo

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  4. Heather in Arles25/11/11 9:57 PM

    Virginia, I have a giant rose bloom on my desk too but it doesn't kick out even the tiniest bit of fragrance! What on earth is the point, I ask you! 

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  5. renee finberg26/11/11 4:03 AM

    the roses are nice....
    but the pot looks amazing.

    xxx

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  6. These pictures are very sweet. Without a garden, I enjoy so much seeing others!
    x KL

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  7. Hello Annie. Thank you and I hope you have a wonderful weekend too. Must be busy packing! She is truly the most fabulous rose. And growing in a pot, too, which is even more amazing. I only planted her a couple of months ago, and already have been rewarded with such lovely blooms. Bliss! V x0

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  8. Hello Claudia. Oh yes, there is much to enjoy from a flower so fleeting - especially during our current rainstorms! Glad I picked it because it would have been battered and bruised if left on the bush. V x0

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  9. So the ridiculous idea of growing roses for their looks and not their scent is apparent in Provence too? I remember burying my nose in bouquets of roses in Paris and being so devastated that there was no scent. But I had romanticised the idea of Arles, so that I figured all the roses there would have that wonderful aroma of sweet, sweet perfume. So very true, no point at all. Like good architecture, the rose must look beautiful but also perform or it is out, out, out in my book! V xo

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  10. Hi Renee - aha - the designer's eye does not miss, no? Trust you to see the pot as well as the rose. It looks like a giant beehive, the kind from Winnie the Pooh books, so I love it with a smile and a passion. V xo

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  11. Like a virtual garden? That is such a lovely idea. Hadn't thought of it that way. V xo

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  12. I found this rose in my father's old rose book way back in the 1950's and was interested as my name then was Catherine Harrop!! However it was only a few years ago that I actually found one at a garden centre and it has delighted me ever since..I recommended it to friends of mine who live upstate New York and it flowered for the first time when we visited them 3 years ago, they too are thrilled with it.

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    1. How extraordinary that you shared almost the same name, bar the spelling! Then you will have experienced the most glorious perfume too. Such a lovely rose, and what a wonderful story.

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