I regret that this rose is out of focus because the flowers are truly breathtaking -- a translucent pink flushed with lilac, the petals delicately cupped with yellow stamens at the center.
I planted Scepter'd Isle in a pot a month or two before this photo was taken. Its growth is much more upright than I would like and the flowers don't last, so I was thinking of moving it to a border instead of leaving it in the entrance way this spring. But the flowers are so perfect and fleeting that they must be enjoyed at close range -- plus they smell terrific and a pot puts them right at nose-height. I'm leaving this rose where I'll see it whenever I leave or
enter the house.
Planted in a pot April 2003
Photographed May 2003
Purchased bareroot from David Austin.