"Fantin-Latour" rose Description
Photo courtesy of Eva Trifon
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Light pink, darker center. Strong fragrance. Medium to large, double (17-25 petals), cupped, old-fashioned, rounded bloom form. Once-blooming spring or summer.
Tall, arching, bushy, spreading. Dark green foliage.
Height of 3' to 6' (90 to 185 cm). Width of 4' to 6' (120 to 185 cm).
USDA zone 4b through 9b. Can be used for cut flower, garden or landscape. A good subject for pegging. can be trained as a climber. Disease susceptibility: susceptible to Mildew. Prune after flowering is finished. Prune lightly until this rose gets established (about two years), then prune it back by about a third.. Remove unproductive wood every third year or so. This rose blooms on old wood.
Derek Fell, the photographer and author, wrote a review of his latest book, Impressionist Roses, in the December 1999 issue of “Nouveau” magazine (firstname.lastname@example.org). This is what he had to say about Fantin-Latour...
The focus of the book is roses that were either planted or painted by the great French Impressionist artists, especially Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Fantin-Latour and Calliebotte...
At the art museum of Princeton University, I found eleven reference books on the least-known of the Impressionist circle, Fantin-Latour... One book said he died in his Paris apartment, while another said he died at a weekend cottage, Croix Fantin, in the village of Bure, where he cultivated a rose garden! Burning with curiousity, I set out for Bure and in the churchyard found his grave... I began driving down narrow winding country roads looking for clues to his cottage, when I spotted a shiny brass cross sticking through a hedge. I pulled in the driveway to find a family having lunch on the terrace of a beautiful brick-and-timber house covered in Boston ivy. The owners were having a family reunion with three grown children and their spouses, and they confirmed that yes, indeed, this had been the country home of Fantin-Latour; and yes, he had died in the rose garden which stretched beyond the terrace -- an area now mostly devoted to lawn. He had felt ill while taking lunch on the terrace, walked into the garden and collapsed amongst his roses!
... Fantin-Latour was little-known in France at the time of his death, for his entire output of paintings -- numbering some 700 floral still lifes -- was taken every year for sale to English art patrons. He was so well respected in England for his paintings of roses that an English nurseryman named a rose for him, ‘Fantin-Latour’. A large, pale-pink shrub rose, it has a swirling petal pattern and a wonderful fruity fragrance...