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OCTAVIA HILL

(Harzeal) Floribunda.  1995.  3ft The clear medium pink flowers of this variety contain an astonishing 75 petals.They have a Damask fragrance and come in small sprays of neatly spaced blooms.

The blooms are about 3ins (8cm) in diameter and have a double quartered form with an attractive old fashioned look.

The foliage is a semi glossy dark green on a medium sized compact bush.

A good healthy rose which is fairly disease resistant.

It is a fairly vigorous plant, but requires the removal of spent blooms to initiate  the next bloom cycle and promote new growth.

Makes a good cottage garden rose.

The flowers are ideal for cutting for their perfume, and they also last some time in water.

Highly recommended.

 

Named after the late Octavia Hill an English social reformer, housing reformer, philanthropist and co-founder of the National Trust.

In her time Octavia Hill was an influential and well-known figure, now she is regarded as an important pioneer of female activism in the public sphere. Although her name is not so familiar today, her legacy is with us in our public parks, Victorian/Edwardian housing estates, and in professions such as social work. She combined extraordinary vision with exceptional organisational skills and these equipped her to invent the concept of the 'green belt' and become the driving force behind the founding of the National Trust.

AWARDS

Courtral Silver Medal 1995

The Hague Certificate Of Merit 1998

 

 

 

Octavia Hill

1838-1912

Further details on Octavia Hill can be found on Wikipedia.

Full details on all our roses can be found on our web site.

www.countrygardenroses.co.uk

 

 

 

 


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