Sadly, this year for Christmas I will not getting any live roses. The joys of living in a 7a climate.
But while my beauties are sleeping,
I’m going to give the gift of fragrance!
That’s right over the next twelve days y’all are getting a
Fragrant Rose Advent Calendar!!
And what’s behind each little cardboard slot? Well, they’re cultivars that have received the James Alexander Gamble Fragrance Medal, of course. The James Gamble Fragrance Medal is of particular importance this year, because it was actually awarded. The ARS Prizes and Awards Committee award doesn’t award it every year. In fact, during 1986 and 1997 there was an eleven-year gap. The Gamble Medal is only given when a cultivar is deemed worthy. The only criteria is each rose must have a at least a 7.5 in Handbook for Selecting Roses.
There are 28 cultivars to make it through in 12 days. So, stop by the Rosette tomorrow when the countdown starts. Please see the next post the Fragrance Wheel to begin.