Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Rosa 'Bouquet d'Or'

This is 'Bouquet d'Or', another of the so-called tea-Noisette roses. It made its debut in 1872, late for this group, and it is said to be a seedling of 'Gloire de Dijon'. The yellow color of this flower is derived from the tea side of the family and is not the yellow seen in modern garden roses (which is largely derived from 'Persian Yellow').

To see this rose at its best, see it early in the day before the sun and heat fade the yellow to white. Or, cut the flowers early and store them in the refrigerator. These old yellow tea-Noisettes have a delicacy unknown in modern roses. 

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