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'Nestor', possibly by Laffay, circa 1841, France.

NestorThere is some confusion as to the exact identity of this rose, as the one we have today that goes by the name 'Nestor' does not fit the descriptions written while it was originally in commerce.

Whatever its real name may be, its a fine rose, Suzanne Verrier says, "Be wise and place this rose in your garden; in mine, it is one of the most appreciated roses. Hardly just another pink!" I agree.....often it displays blooms with dark smoky tints of near-mauve layered with the warmer pinks and palest mauves to create a romantic blend of colors.

After several years evaluation in my garden I can safely say that this is most assuredly a fine addition to my Gallica collection. Sturdy, trouble-free growth, beautifully formed, well-scented blooms and one of the easiest shrubs to grow, 'Nestor' has earned a permanent place in my garden.

ARS merit rating: none assigned.
Personal merit rating: 8.0
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 3 to 8, zone 3 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 3 to 4 feet tall X 3 feet wide
Fragrance: 3.5 Moderate, spicy and sweet.

Alain Blanchard seedling,
(see Song of the Stars)
Chianti Gloire de France Sissinghurst Castle
Alika Complicata Henri Fouquier Song of the Stars
Allegra (new 2003) Cramoisi Picotee Hippolyte Surpasse Tout
Belle de Crecy "Deep Purple" James Mason Tricolore de Flandre
Belle Isis Désirée Parmentier La Belle Sultane Tuscany
Belle sans Flatterie Duc de Guiche Marianne Tuscany Superb
"Brooks Purple" Duc de Fitzjames 'Mécène' Tuscany Superb X Othello
Camayeux Duchesse de Montebello Nestor Un-named seedling
"Carol's Favorite" Ellen Tofflemire Orpheline de Juillet "William Grant"
Charles de Mills Empress Josephine Rosa Mundi Ypsilante
Cardinal de Richelieu Gallicandy "Rush Family Rose"  

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