Unlike Day 1, which for many was a new introduction, Day 2 of the advent calendar features two familiar favorites that can be bought nearly anywhere.
Elise Hutchings, our universally beloved Utah Rose Society president has one of these beauties that originally came from her mother’s yard. The first time I smelled it I was so jealous with envy; I knew I had to have it in my own collection.
Patented in 1954 by Robert V. Lindquist. Tiffany is a masterpiece in color, flowing through a unique mixture of pink, yellow, and occasionally white petals with each temperature change.
Not only is color noteworthy, but the fragrance, mmmmm. It fits firmly in the fruity category, with a later note of citrus. Ralph by Ralph Lauren is a comparable perfume. It is in my ten favorite cultivars.
Before I get into the 1965 winner; a brief sidenote:
I am an idiot. I often get impatient, and if a certain bush doesn’t blow me away, I get rid of it. And then when I see it in someone else’s garden a year later, normally Betty and Ken Langeberg’s, I realize I actually want it. This is what happened when I first bought Chrysler Imperial. I ended up paying double the next season.
Patented in 1953 by Dr. Walter E. Lammert’s, it’s the classic red rose. It also has beautifully long canes that make great cut roses. It has the typical 6-8 week bloom cycle of a hybrid tea, so it’s not as floriferous as other cultivars.
Fragrance-wise I describe Chrysler Imperial as a complex, dark damask. It fits in the Floral family but has a musk nuance that grows the more you smell it. Roses De Chloé by Chloé is a complimentary fragrance.
Utah Rose Society