"Even with a cast of thousands to compete for attention, 2009 winner “Cinco de Mayo” stands out with the confidence of a woman who knows who she is and isn’t afraid to show-off. This floribunda flaunts the fragrance of its flirty fiesta flowers. Its petals, saturated in blended colorations of rusted reds and smoked-over lavenders, swirl together like the clouds of a thunderstorm at sunset on the Mexican Riviera just at that moment brightness succumbs to seductive darkness. This rose is the floral equivalent of Salma Hayek. "
Okay- this sunset was taken a few minutes ago from my patio. Here in the hills of southern California. But it is such a perfect example of how russets and lavenders swirl together in seductive abandonment.
The quote is from my November 2008 Windmill Column, "From Lydia's Garden"
Thank you to photographer Gene Sasse and Weeks Roses for use of the top photograph. And to the genius of hybridizer Tom Carruth in creating it.