'Madame de Sévigné' rose Description
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Pink blend Bourbon, Cl..
Registration name: Madame de Sévigné
Light pink, darker center. Strong fragrance. Large, full (26-40 petals), cluster-flowered bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season.
USDA zone 5b through 10b.
'Mme de Sévigné' in gardens and commerce is probably not the original rose. - see References.
Mike Lowe of Lowe's Roses says this is more like a free-standing climber...
Marie of Rabutin-Chantal, marchioness of Sévigné, was born on February 5, 1627, in Bourgogne.
Called "La plus belle femme de France", she had an elegant size, fair hair, a dazzling freshness, an expression of sharp and spiritual figure.
Married at eighteen years old with Henri de Sévigné, brigadier, the Marquis was killed in duel.
She devoted her life to the education of her son and daughter.
She was very well known by the style used in her 1.500 letters, sort of chronicals of her time.
In 1654, she appeared in the World, and made the delights of the hotel of Rambouillet with her delicate spirit. She had a lot of prétendants, like Turenne, Fouquet, La Fontaine and Pélisson, but she wanted friends only.
The marchioness of Sévigné died on April 17, 1696, in Grignan, where she had come to look after her daughter, seriously sick.