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Paul's Lemon Pillar

December 5, 2015

A glorious rose inherited from earlier owners of Greenhaugh who would have planted it at least fifty years ago.


This climbing tea rose bears huge creamy double (think mashed potatoes!) highly fragrant flowers for about six weeks during late Spring and early Summer. A once flowerer but well worth it. It grows on a pillar right outside our kitchen and entrances us. My husband's favourite rose. He says it smells of lemon though research tells me it is the colour that explains the name.


This rose was introduced by George Paul in 1916 (his last introduction before he died) and with it he won the RNRS Gold Medal that same year. No surprises there.The Paul family were well known English Rose breeders over a number of generations and responsible for many of the beautiful roses we still grow today. Paul & Son of Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, was founded by Adam Paul in 1806. By 1872, his grandson, George Paul, was the owner and introducing roses of his own, others being the delightful Tea Rambler and Paul's Himalayan Musk, both of which we grow at Greenhaugh.


Each year we propagate Paul's Lemon Pillar to satisfy the various visitors to the garden who have to take one home. I love to see it being spread around.  If you are visiting Jerusalem up the Wanganui River there it is behind the Church growing over the Nun's balcony. I planted it for them along with a number of other roses. For fourteen years I have done a Yoga Retreat in these beautiful surroundings with Michael Jones and a lot of those years I took a Heritage Rose as a gift for the Nuns and planted it in the grounds of St Joseph Convent. I'm sure Mother Aubert would have approved.

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