This beautiful new floribunda rose was commissioned by the Yeats Society and bred by Dickson's Rose Nursery in Co.Down as the official W.B.Yeats rose. As the oldest rose breeding company in the World it is fitting that Dickson's were chosen to help celebrate 150 Years since W.B.Yeats's birth. For a limited period each rose also comes with a collectors W.B.Yeats Rose enamel lapel pin. I am not making the 'limited period' bit up either as we were only able to get 50 pins. Once they are gone we can't get more as they were made for the Yeats 2015 celebrations and are no longer produced.
The rose has rich scarlet petals with bright golden stamens. The plants are disease resistant and will flower for the full season. Each individual bloom on its multi-headed stems opens semi-flat to form a spectacular show. Yeats wrote a series of poems about red roses, with rosa canina (commonly known as the dog rose) mentioned many times in his work. The new WB Yeats rose is a gentle marriage of both – a deep red rose with the simple form of the hedgerow dog rose.
“Surely thine hour has come, thy great wind blows,
Far-off, most secret, and inviolate Rose?”
The W.B.Yeats rose has already been awarded the gold medal by the National Rose Society. This beautiful plant also resides in some high profile gardens, the first rose was presented to Prince Charles during his historic visit to Ireland in 2015. Now registered and catalogued it will go on to become available nationally and internationally, celebrating Yeats in private gardens and public spaces all over the world, a living legacy to the great poet.