'VIRsterling' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Girija and Viru
Red, purple shading, brown shading. Moderate fragrance. Average diameter 4.5". Double (17-25 petals), borne mostly solitary bloom form.
Medium, bushy. Medium, semi-glossy, dark green foliage.
Height of up to 4' (up to 120 cm).
Can be used for exhibition or garden.
We have had this seedling for many years. It is a well shaped bush, often in bloom , with brownish lilac and orange tinted flowers. Somehow we have never thought of naming it or breeding further with it as we thought it was complete in itself. Sterling Silver has always been an old favorite, and our seedling of Rose Edward and Golden Showers, also a favorite.
When we gave a lecture at the Regional Conference in China (May 2016) on ‘Conserving the Rose Heritage of Asia’ we showed photographs of our various seedlings and released roses, working with Asian species and heritage roses. One of them was Rose Edward , and we showed a photograph of this seedling ‘Virsilver’.
In June 2016 we were in New York for the awarding of the Great Rosarian of the World , 2016, to our good friend Wang Guoliang which we were delighted to present. Simultaneously, the AGRS (American Garden Rose Section Awards) ceremony was held and we were fortunate that our rose the Tea ‘Faith Whittlesey’ won the 2017 Heritage Award.
At the dinner, hosted by the Manhattan Rose Society, we happened to be at the same table as Lyndy and Wayne Myers, well known rosarians of the Florida area. Wayne is Chairman of AGRS. In the course of our conversation we mentioned our China talk and about our seedlings using Rose Edward. When we mentioned ‘Sterling Silver’, Lyndy immediately said that it was her favorite rose, and it was this rose which Wayne first gave her when they were school sweethearts and he squired her for their school dance. Fortunately we had our laptop with us so we could show her the photograph of our seedling, from the China lecture PPT. Both she and Wayne liked the rose, the color and especially the fact that it had Sterling Silver in its parentage. Without hesitation, Viru and I suggested that, if it was all right with them, we would like to name it for Lyndy and Wayne. They, and of course, we, and all the others at the dinner table, were delighted. Lyndy said she would think about an appropriate name. About a month later they wrote to us that the name they would like to give to this rose was ‘Lyndy’s First Love’—most appropriate , since it includes both of them and emphasizes the wonderful fact that they have been first loves for each other—something to celebrate indeed. Such constancy has to be acknowledged and we are very happy that it is one of our roses that does so.
Dedicated to Lyndy Myers, friend of the breeders.