Day 10: Fragrant Rose Advent Calendar
These Gamble winners were awarded in 2013, 2014, and 2015 and is innovative in fragrance hybridizing. The cultivars today, all have a note that is unique.
Wild Blue Yonder.
I bought Wild Blue Yonder because I heard it smelled like raspberries and it did not disappoint. This beauty is hybridized by the talented, now retired Tom Carruth. Like nearly all roses with blue in their name, Wild Blue is not actually blue but a magenta. It’s also heat tolerant. I can attest to this, the blossoms don’t really shrivel in direct sun.
The fragrance has many descriptions, but I’ll say it’s zesty raspberry with gallica. Its complex scent makes it hard to place, probably floral oriental. Love Chopard, is fairly similar, but doesn’t really have that raspberry note. That is unique.
Green. Green. Green. That’s what makes Scentimental so fabulous. If picked at the right time. It totally smells like fresh cut grass. I would go so far to say that Scentimental is also the first true green rose fragrance. Infusion de Rose by Prada has that same rose freshness.
The color isn’t half bad either, a red and white swirl that doesn’t change during the hot hot summer. It’s always red and white. Scentimental is another winner from Tom Carruth.
I have been trying to get my fat little hands on this one for quite some time. It comes from an independent French breeder, Francois Dorieux II. I wish the fragrance for this one could be bottled. It’s rose gallica, with a pinch of lemon candy, and ends with the deepest chocolate-y damask. It is marvelous. I would place it in the floral category but with a clean asterisk. It’s a grandiflora and blooms in sprays which makes the purple, magenta flowers even more magnificent. There is a soap, Castebel wild rose botanical, that smells similar.
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