Sunday, September 14, 2008

Rose HT Lorraine Lee

Australian bred Rose 'Lorraine Lee' (1924) in New Farm Park ,Brisbane

The Spring Racing Carnival and roses go hand in hand and this rose, bred by Alister Clark, is hardy and always in flower. Lorraine Lee was a distant relative of Clark from Frinton in Essex in England. and while she was visiting Australia he took her to the races and also invited her to choose a rose she would like to be given her name.The fragrance could be described as rich and fruity and it is remarkable in that it produces flowers almost continually ,even in the middle of winter.
.Alister Clark who died in 1949 was a great patron of the Moonee Valley Racecourse which is home of the famous W.S.Cox Plate held in late October.His name lives on at Moonee Valley with the running of the Alister Clark Stakes in February. Good luck to all punters this Spring!
2017 update: Highly recommended and readily available from specialist growers.

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