Souvenir St. Anne
Rose Type: Bourbon
History: Sport of Souvenir de la Malmaison.
Mature size: 6' climber or 4' x 3' bush
Bloom size: 3"
Blooming: Repeats continuously
Pruning: 1/3 each year
Raised by Lady Ardilaun in Dublin, Ireland it was presented to Lady Rathfarnham and subsequently introduced to commerce in 1950 by rosarian Graham Thomas. It was said to have been one of Mr. Graham's favorite roses. I completely concur as this specimen is one of the finest, most reliable and satisfying roses in my garden of "favorites".
As an improvement over most bourbons, St. Anne doesn't ball and refuse to open in wet weather. The soft pink double blooms are more informal in appearance than souvenir de la malmaison which I find useful in a variety of landscape projects. The scent is as remarkable as the original souvenir and in my experience, a bit more resistant to fungal disease.