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Gloire de Dijon, Introduced by Jacotot, France, 1853.

Gloire de Dijon

Even D. H. Lawrence wrote a poem about 'Gloire de Dijon'! Clearly he had been touched by the beauty of this rose and felt compelled to write about it (and a lady friend):

"When she rises in the morning
I linger to watch her;
She spreads the bath-cloth underneath the window
And the sunbeams catch her
Glistening white on the shoulders,
While down her sides the mellow
Golden shadow glows as
She stoops to the sponge, and her swung breasts
Sway like full-blown yellow
Gloire de Dijon roses.

She drips herself with water, and her shoulders
Glisten as silver, they crumple up
Like wet and falling roses, and I listen
For the sluicing of their rain-dishevelled petals.
In the window full of sunlight
Concentrates her golden shadow
Fold on fold, until it glows as
Mellow as the glory roses."

'Gloire de Dijon', in full flush
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ARS merit rating: 7.2
Personal merit rating: 9.5
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 6 to 10, zone 5 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 8 to 15 feet tall, depending on climate
Fragrance: 4.5, A strong Tea scent with a fruity overtone.

Céline Forestier Maréchal Niel
Crépuscule Rêve d'Or
Gloire de Dijon

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