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'First Love' rose Description
'First Love (hybrid tea, Swim, 1950)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Cheryl Moore
Availability:
Commercially available
Synonyms:
HMF Ratings:
23 favorite votes.  
ARS:
Light pink Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: First Love
Exhibition name: First Love
Origin:
Bred by Herbert C. Swim (United States, before 1950).
Introduced in United States by Armstrong Nursery in 1951 as 'First Love'.
Introduced in Australia by Hazlewood Bros. Pty. Ltd. in 1952 as 'First Love'.
Class:
Hybrid Tea.  
Bloom:
Light pink.  Mild fragrance.  Average diameter 3".  Medium, double (17-25 petals) bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Long, ovoid buds.  
Habit:
Medium, bushy.  Light green, leathery foliage.  
Height of up to 3' (up to 90 cm).  
Growing:
USDA zone 6b and warmer.  Can be used for beds and borders, cut flower or garden.  Spring Pruning: Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third. In colder areas, you'll probably find you'll have to prune a little more than that.  
Patents:
United States - Patent No: PP 921  on  7 Feb 1950   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Notes:
shende8219 says the color of the blooms is lavender.