But I have a very special place in my heart for roses. Not the standard florist-variety hybrid tea, but the big old gals - Chinas, Bourbons, Albas, etc. These are the Grande Dames of the flower world, in my opinion.
Each rose has such a distinct personality.
Some of them are floozies - too much scent, big garish colors and will shed all their petals if you brush up against them. Some are regal and mysterious - delicate plants that throw their scent, you must keep you distance in order to smell their lovely musky perfume.
Others are workhorses putting on a magnificent show of color all summer long.
White Pearl in Red Dragon's Mouth
Cuisse de Nymphe
Chapeau de Napoleon
Tipsy Imperial Concubine
And my most recent favorite - Four Inch Heels
I dearly love these gals!