A Rose for England's Rose
Or maybe not.
If you’re a gardener and a Dianaphile, you don’t have to choose between crass and corny. You can choose a sweetly scented ivory rose blushed with pink. As you might expect, it’s called Diana, Princess of Wales. And it’s as graceful and elegant as the woman who was eulogized in song by Elton John as “England’s Rose.”
This rose is actually a re-introduction of a best-selling hybrid tea that Jackson & Perkins first came out with in 1998. Like the one-time princess it was named for, Diana the rose was a hit from the start, with sales of more than 475,000 in this country. And like its namesake, it has a purpose that goes beyond just looking good -- although it certainly is beautiful with full and fragrant 35-petaled flowers on stately stems lush with dark green foliage. Jackson & Perkins donates 10 percent of all sales -- more than half a million dollars so far -- to The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund to help finance charities that were dear to the People's Princess. Actually, the Jackson & Perkins Diana rose -- it's available in a one-gallon container for fall planting or bareroot for the spring -- is one of a only handful of licensed products approved by the fund.
So how do you honor the memory of a real-life princess whose beauty thrived among the thorns, and who reminds us even a decade after her death, that fairy tales don't always come true?
If you're a gardener, plant a rose.
(Photo courtesy of Jackson & Perkins)