Antique Bourbon roses…
The original Bourbon rose traced its lineage to the reign
of Louis-Philippe (1830 to 1848), when residents of Ile de Bourbon,
planted hedges of China and Damask roses that cross-pollinated.
These rose hips were sent to the king’s gardener in France,
and the Bourbon class of roses was born.
Madame Issac Perrier
Honorine de Brabant
beautiful in a border and bouquet…
Madame Ernst Calvat
Souvenir de Malmaison
this image is from here
Named for the rose garden of Empress Josephine (Bonaparte)
Most gorgeous tinted pink organza cupped blossoms…
Bourbons are my favorites of all antique roses …
Retaining the beauty represented in 18th century portraits…
they are more vigorous, hardy, and remontant (repeat bloom).
Their fragrance and history are intoxicating.
“Pierre Joseph Redouté (1759-1840) illustrated approximately
50 botanical books during his lifetime making him one of the
most prolific and widely celebrated botanical artists
of the 18th and 19th centuries.”
The Glory of Roses