‘La Reine’, a Hybrid Perpetual, was brought to our garden last summer as a banded rose, so until this spring I had yet to see her blooms in person. This season, she is still in her 3 gallon container, but has stretched out healthy, long canes upon which there were several roses each. The sheer beauty of ‘La Reine’ is breathtaking, from the form of those perfectly cup-shaped blossoms, the strong, old rose scent, the sturdy stems and the purplish-pink color. ‘La Reine’ is romantic, fragrant, voluptuous, strong and luminous–the Joan Holloway of roses. I can’t wait to see how ‘La Reine’ performs in our garden in the coming years.