April 2017: Out of Africa
Rosa Out of Africa, classified as an orange blend, was hybridized by W. Kordes & Sons of Germany in 1997. Reminiscent of an African sunset, this beautiful exhibition rose grows atop tall stems on a rather spreading bush. Its flowers are mildly fragrant and the plant blooms often.
This variety was chosen as April’s Rose of the Month to honor Karen Blixen who was born on April 17, 1885. Taking the pen name Isak Dinesen, this Danish author is best known for her memoir entitled Out of Africa; an account of her life while living in Kenya, Africa on a coffee plantation. Her work was eventually turned into an Academy Award winning motion picture starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep playing the role of Karen.