About this text


The roses
1. Gros Choux d'Hollande
2. Milkmaid
3. Jeanne D'Arc
4. Rubens
5. Slater's Crimson China
6. D'Aguesseau
7. Niphetos
8. Desprez à Fleur Jaune
9. Mme Alfred Carrière
10. Noëlla Nabonnand
11. Parkzierde
12. Bullata
13. Reine des Violettes
14. Solfaterre
15. Meg Merrilies
16. Reine des Iles Bourbon
17. Fortuniana
18. Sombreuil
19. Molly Sharman-Crawford
20. Gruss an Teplitz
21. Maman Cochet
22. Souvenir de la Malmaison
23. Fantin-Latour
24. Waldfee
25. Harison's Yellow


The Old Rose Reader

In her later years she had difficulty sleeping, and so he would sit by her bedside and read aloud to her. Taking up an old horticultural reference book, he read the names of roses.

As it struck his fancy, at times he would read from the historical and cultural notes about the roses. At times he invented stories about them. But mostly he read only the names, one after another.