During a recent visit with my family to the 45th Spring Rose festival at Ludwig’s Rose farm north of Pretoria, I finally obtained my alma mater’s centenary rose. The University of Pretoria Centenary Rose was introduced by South Africa’s foremost rosarian, Ludwig Taschner in 2008 as part of my alma mater’s celebrations of that year. I have admired this rose from the moment I first laid eyes on it, in a gorgeous display at our campus library in 2014. This is one of Ludwig’s “Fairytale” roses.
Below: I love this stage below of the bloom form the most
The colour is an ever-changing array of dusty pink, cream white and very light brown. To me this rose has a strong but not sharp, old fashioned rose scent. The scent reminds me of marshmallows. This is how the rose is described on Ludwig’s website:
A vigorous, cluster producing, bush rose with glossy, healthy foliage & a most unusual flower colour. From a yellow base the unfolding petals hint at shades of brown, delicately touched with apricot, until the fully open, slightly scented bloom takes on a silvery sheen. Excellent specimen, bedding or container rose.
I have planted this beauty in a raised bed that runs along the north side of the house under the bedroom windows, overlooking the swimming pool. It shares the bed with strelitzias, some topiary bushes and the other new roses I bought at Ludwig’s: Just Imagine, Francois Krige and Pink Intuition (I already have Red Intuition) in the main garden. I will post about the other roses later.
They are all blooming and budding, so it is already such a joy to open my window in the morning or walk around the pool and admire them.
Below: An unusually small blooming specimen
Below is a video of Ludwig, speaking about this very special rose.
I am currently on tenterhooks, awaiting feedback from my faculty regarding whether I have been accepted for the 2017 PhD programme. I hope this rose will bring me luck to be accepted and bring me encouragement and joy when I am busy with my studies.