Every rose variety has an individual name, granted by the developer and used by growers around the world to identify the cultivar.
One of my father’s favorites (and mine) is known as “peace.”
Just before the German invasion of France during World War II, French horticulturalist Francis Meilland sent cuttings from his newest hybrid tea rose to colleagues in allied nations, so the rose could be protected and cultivated.
The rose was officially named “Peace” on April 29, 1945, a date which coincided with the fall of Berlin and the end of World War II.
A fitting name for such a beautiful flower.
Officially, “peace” has golden petals which flush pink at and near the edges. In reality, some of the flowers (like the ones in these photos) tend to be more pink, with deep yellow at the centers. The other blooms on this plant (unfortunately, too far gone to photograph well) show more of the yellow – I’ll try to get better pictures as summer continues.
Peace looks similar to a later-created rose called “Diana, Princess of Wales.” In fact, unless you see them side by side it can be tough to distinguish the two. Princess Diana roses tend to have a lighter yellow centers and darker pink (closer to fuchsia) around the edges, whereas “peace” has darker yellow at the center and paler pink.
Both are “blended roses,” meaning the blooms have more than one major or primary color.
On this anniversary of the fall of Berlin and the end of a terrible war, it seemed appropriate to share the history of the flower … and a wish for peace – rose-scented and otherwise – to all of you.
Do you have a favorite rose variety or color? Please leave a comment and let me know!