Monday, November 21, 2011

Bloom of the Day

Rosa de Rescht'
A Portland Damask, introduced from Iran by English society gardener Nancy Lindsay in 1940. Miss Lindsay's own description from her catalog: "NL 849. Happened on it in an old Persian garden in ancient Rescht, tribute of the tea caravans plodding Persia-wards from China over the central Asian steppes; it is a study, yard-high bush of glazed lizard-green, perpetually emblazoned with full camellia flowers of pigeon's blood ruby, irised with royal purple, haloed with dragon sepals like the painted blooms on oriental faience." With a description like that who could resist?!?!