Fortune’s Double Yellow

Fortune’s Double Yellow is stealing the show in the Eudora Welty Garden…

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This rose is also known as Beauty of Glazenwood or Gold of Ophir.  I like Fortune’s Double Yellow myself as it references Robert Fortune, the gentleman who discovered it while exploring gardens in China.  His is a most interesting story and one worth looking up!

Gertrude Jekyll’s description is apropos…

“loaded with…glorious loose copper-coloured bloom”…

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A once blooming rose isn’t usually as appealing to me as a repeat bloomer but I make the exception for this beauty!  The double flowers are at once apricot to yellow to rose to crimson…

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Eudora wrote to William Maxwell in late November 1953 “Put it (Gloire Dijon) on the garage wall along with ‘Beauty of Glazenwood’ which is described as yellow flaked with red and the rose always seen on old barns and walls – also named ‘Fortune’s Double Yellow.’  It’s the one you see from train windows, I feel – do you know it?”  from Suzanne Marrs’ What There Is To Say We Have Said…

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Ah, just a glorious day in the garden this week with friends and the garden springing to life…

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throwback  to when Miss Camellia Cannon was a pup, here with her namesake in Miss Welty’s garden…

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Have a great weekend…

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  1. Gorgeous! Love your history!