Introducing ‘Marchesa Boccella’ Rose

‘Marchesa Boccella’, a light pink Hybrid Perpetual with a strong scent and repeat bloom

My roses have been full of surprises this season, ‘Marchesa Boccella’ being one of them. Purchased in the spring from Vintage Gardens, she was a banded rose, and very small. I never expected her to bloom this season, but surprisingly she did and what a show! Her tiny little frame (still in a 1 gallon pot) was covered with lovely blossoms which smelled so sweet. Fortunately, ‘Marchesa Boccella’ bloomed before our ridiculous heat wave we had last week otherwise I am not sure how she would have fared. Since then I have transplanted her to a 5 gallon pot and hope to get a repeat bloom later this summer and into fall when some roses around here tend to look their best. Since ‘Marchesa Boccella’ is new to me, I cannot offer any growing tips, but here is some general information at a glance. So far she proves to be a real winner! Edit: ‘Jacques Cartier’ is the preferred name if you live outside of the U.S. and more photos can be found here. This rose is a keeper!

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    Jessica Beyer says

    Does this have a strong fragrance to it? (Oh its beautiful btw :) I am looking to find some old time roses to plant and i have some damask rose seeds that i am currently soaking in water with a drop of bleach trying to start them. The first batch i did molded :S

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      Hedgerow Rose says

      Hi Jessica! Yes, this rose is highly scented, although perhaps not as strongly as ‘Comte de Chambord’. Last summer was only my first season with ‘Marchesa Boccella’ so I don’t know very much about her yet. That’s exciting about your rose seeds! I hope it works out for you! I am currently chilling some Rosa virginiana and Rosa glauca seeds and I’m a little nervous about starting them since I don’t always have the best luck with propagating. Let me know how yours come out! :)

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