Happy National “Peace” Rose Day! Until yesterday I had no idea that there was such a day for a certain type of rose, but there is. Thanks to my good friend Linda from Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy for sharing this information with me! You keep me posted me on different types of national days and introduce me to new flowers. Its history is profound and beautiful!
This hybrid rose was originally developed in France by a horticulturalist named Francis Meilland over a period of four years, 1935-1949. However, when German invasion against France seemed imminent, he sent cuttings to friends in different parts of the world to preserve it. They were successfully propagated, and especially in the U.S. by a horticultural company in Pennsylvania called Conard Pyle Co during WWII. It became a favorite garden rose that was strong and disease-resistant. In 1945, Meilland asked Field Marshall Alan Brooke (played prominent role in liberating France) if the rose could be named after him. Instead Brooke asked that it be named “Peace” instead. “Peace” became official when it was introduced as a trade name by Conard Pyle Co. That happened on April 29, 1945; the day the Berlin wall fell, marking a climactic event in World War II. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_Peace)
“We hope the ‘Peace’ rose will influence men’s thoughts for everlasting world peace.” Inaugural note to delegates at United Nations, San Francisco
Learning this story has deepened my appreciation for this kind of rose. It has a special story with real people working to preserve its beauty.
I’m not sure if this is a “Peace” rose, but according to its description, it just may be. Large cream petals with pink edges, although there’s quite a variety of them.
Also, thanks Cee for hosting this flower challenge! Learning lots along the way.