Rose Cuttings: April 2015

Photo courtesy of the Antique Rose Emporium.

Photo courtesy of the Antique Rose Emporium.


“The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose,” suggested the Spanish actress Hada Béjar years ago. It’s a lovely thought for those who share their roses.

Unfortunately, many modern roses have no aroma. What a tragedy to receive a beautiful rose with no scent; you might as well be viewing a picture in a book. Fragrance elevates a rose from a visual experience to an emotional one, often evoking memories.

Gardens full of perfume can also create new memories. While a garden with beautiful flowers in a multitude of colors is certainly eye candy, its soul lies in the emotion stirred by their fragrances. All of us have revisited a past moment with the whiff of a specific fragrance — someone’s perfume or cologne, for instance, or a freshly baked apple pie or even freshly mown grass. Sensory reveries can suggest the changing of seasons, a romance or just a seemingly simpler time in your life.

Rose Fragrance Examples
Cramoisi Supérieur – Pepper with a touch of fruit
Duchesse de Brabant – Hints of raspberries
Independence Musk – Sweet, musky, sultry
Chrysler Imperial – Floral Lemon Pledge
Paul Neyron – Damask perfume
Maggie – Woody, thick and manly
White Lady Banks – Violets
Eglanteria (foliage) – Green apples
Archduke Charles – Banana cream pie

Remember that when you give someone a rose as a gift, you should select for fragrance as well as beauty. As Robert Lewis Stevenson wrote, “It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.”

The Antique Rose Emporium invites you to a fragrance gallery on April 11, containing more than 100 roses to enjoy and smell.

Posted by Mike Shoup
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