Father Hugo’s Rose, Rosa hugonis

father hugo rose

In my travels this morning I became acquainted with this lovely rose, R. hugonis, in bloom right this very second! I was feeling sorry for myself–living in a cold climate where the roses are still in tight buds while my friends in other parts of the U.S. are in rose heaven–but then I saw this beauty, a species with lemon yellow petals alighting on thorny, ferny branches like butterflies. ‘Father Hugo’s Rose’, as it is known colloquially, is not only stunning in spring, it’s foliage turns bright reddish orange in fall and bears red, round hips. (I’m trying to see if I can dig up some photos I took of this rose last autumn to share here.) And while we’re on the subject of photos, apologies for these which show the color of the blooms a little washed out. I had hoped to have total cloud cover this morning but the sun was not cooperating! Also, need to go back with my telephoto lens to get a closeup. I’m one of those people who follows the rules (I know, boring, right?) and far be it for me to step off the paths to get a closer look. Are there roses blooming in your garden right now? Wait, don’t tell me, I don’t want to know. 😉

2 thoughts on “Father Hugo’s Rose, Rosa hugonis

    1. I know most are generally inclined to the fuller roses, but I think there is something so perfect about a species. And in this case, especially, since it’s the first rose I saw blooming this year. 🙂

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