A rather beautiful rose in bloom today – as it is in the gardens of Petersham House – but a chance here to study it up close.

Large-flowered climber
Origin –
Nabonnand, 1903
Parentage – ‘La France de ’89’ x ‘Mme. Marie Lavalley’
Color – Pink & white blend/gold stamens
Foliage – Medium green
Thorns – Moderate
Size – 8′ – 12′ ft. (climbing)
Fragrance – Strong
Repeat bloom – Yes
Disease resistance – Good
Hardiness – Zone 5

The Name of the Rose – Lady Waterlow (nee Margaret Hamilton) (1849-1931) was a California society heiress who married Sir Sydney Waterlow, a baronet and Lord Mayor of London.

A modest sized climber, Lady Waterlow is a good candidate for a pillar, post or low fence. Large, loose double blooms have the appearance of a hybrid tea rose and appear early in the season and continue off and on throughout the summer. The strong, fruity fragranced blooms are salmon pink with a faint flush of yellow near the centre and darker patches at the edges. Foliage is a healthy dark green and canes are somewhat stiff and thorny. This climber can reach 12 ft. and grow to 8 feet wide.