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This is the hybrid tea French Perfume. It is very similar to Double Delight, but with a bit more red as the bud opens. It has a strong, damask fragrance. The shot below shows a fully opened bloom in 1999.
French Perfume is finishing off 1999 with a beautiful flush.
French Perfume was one of the last of my roses to bloom in 2000, with the first flower in early June.
French Perfume is into its second flush, early July, 2000.
It's now mid-October, 2000, and it's getting cold. If the frosts hold off for just a few more days, this just-opening bud should be an absolute beauty!
We lucked out! A week later and behold!
This is an unbelievable year. It's mid-November and this is on the bush! Though I don't think the weather will hold for the other buds, it's indeed a welcome sight on a drab, gray November day.
French Perfume has begun to bloom -- Memorial Day weekend, 2001.
French Perfume has begun to bloom, as it did last year, on Memorial Day weekend, 2002.
It's the second week of June, 2003, and French Perfume has burst forth in bloom.
French Perfume gave me a major scare this year. All of the canes above the bud union at the top of the stalk died off and I assumed that this was yet another rose lost to the horrid winter of 2003-2004. Much to my surprise, strong new growth has come out of the bud union. It's now mid-June 2004 and French Perfume has its first bloom.
The winter of 2004-2005 was, if anything, worse then the previous bad winter and the two of them in a row were too much for French Perfume. Sadly, it has passed.
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