May 2017: Memorial Day
Rosa Memorial Day was hybridized by Tom Carruth in 2001 and then introduced in the United States in 2004 by Weeks Wholesale Roses. The blooms of this lovely high centered hybrid tea rose open to reveal flowers with ruffled, medium pink petals. Growing atop long stems on a large, spreading bush, you will need to make plenty of room in your garden for this rose as it can grow quite vigorously. As a cross between Blueberry Hill and New Zealand you will love its sweet fragrance.
This rose was chosen as May’s rose of the month for its name, Memorial Day, a holiday we celebrate on the last Monday of the month to remember those people who have lost their lives while serving in our armed forces. The significance of Memorial Day is often confused with that of Veterans’ Day, a day when we honor all individuals (dead or alive) who have served in our military.