Madame Hardy, France, 1832. Bred by M. Hardy.
Madame Hardy is considered to be one of the most beautiful white roses ever bred. I share this opinion myself. It is one of the finest surviving Damasks that we have in commerce, and for good reasons. Even the magnificent Charles de Mills does not compare to the extraordinary form and beauty of a single bloom of Mme Hardy.
by Alexandre Hardy, an amateur rose breeder who was the
chief horticulturist at the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris for many years.
Of the many introductions bred by M. Hardy, apporoximately 10 are
still with us today.
Like most members of the Damask class, this is a once-blooming rose, but I have found that it has one of the longest bloom periods. Mine is often in bloom for five to six weeks, which is just fine with me. I consider this to be an exceptionally beautiful rose...one that I recommend most heartily to all rosarians.
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