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ROSE OF THE WEEK

SOUVENIR DE LA MALMAISON

Shrub Rose. 1843.  3ft.

A superb old bourbon shrub rose with blooms of blush white with face powder pink shadings.    Each bloom is quite large and beautifully proportioned.

The blooms can ball a little in wet weather early in the season, but as the weather gets warmer, the late summer and autumn flowers are sheer perfection.

It can be a little slow to grow in the first year, but once it gets established it is rarely out of bloom.

Does not like being hard pruned so prune lightly, unless the bush gets out of hand.

Repeat flowering, almost thornless,  and possibly the most beautiful of all the Bourbon Roses.

Sweet perfume.

Named after Empress Josephine's famous home in Paris.

It was originally known as 'Queen Of Beauty And Fragrance'  and was given its present name when one of the Grand Dukes of Russia obtained a specimen from the gardens at Malmaison for the Imperial Garden  in St Petersburg.

Empress Josephine

Entered in the "Old Rose Hall Of Fame by the World Federation Of Rose Societies.

The Old Rose Hall Of Fame recognizes roses of historical or genealogical  importance, and the roses which have enjoyed continued popularity over a great many years.

Details of all our roses are available on our web site.

Over 1000 varieties to choose from.

www.countrygardenroses.co.uk


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