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What’s Blooming in Paradise: Blush Noisette Antique Rose

By Staff | Dec 24, 2014

First impression: Delicate, creamy, fairytale pink-kissed flowers in a cluster to form the appearance of a large blossom. Small green leaves are an attractive back drop to the pink-blushed cameo petals. I can’t help but detect oodles of eye-closing fragrance drifting in the air, attracting all kinds of pollinators.

I notice the lovely, light green stems adorned with prickly thorns everywhere. The yin and yang of beauty with a price, you can see this awe-inspiring bloom at the Botanical Gardens of the Sanibel Moorings.

Upon further investigation: Roses? I always had trouble making my roses last from season to season here in my paradise garden. I am not even close to being a Rosarian, but I can share with you a few tips I picked up from a local horticulturist, Debbie Hughes.

Start with the antique varieties that are on their own rootstock. Antique roses are garden roses that date back to the 19th and 20th century. Most have lived happily without a lot of care in abandoned homes and cemeteries. They seem to have flourished even with neglect.

Three varieties I have had success with are Noisette, China, and Tea. Our star is a small shrub called a Noisette. Its classification denotes a low compact plant, with lots of flowers. Grouping roses with other plants is a great way to hide their in and out of blooms period of not looking so good.

The best time to trim up our beauty is in February. I routinely shape and corralled the limbs because I like the air to move between the stems. Wear gloves, otherwise you will get snagged by the thorns. Fertilize lightly in the fall with a slow release, coated fertilizer. Organic matter will decrease nematodes; I give them all my used coffee grounds. Be sure to plant in an area that will get 6-8 hours of sunlight. You will appreciate this specific pioneer or antique rose’s easy nature and lack of pests and disease.

Interesting tidbit: Garden cultivation of roses began some 5,000 years ago, somewhere in China; Europe started importing them around the eighteenth century. Our variety Bush Noisette was hybridized by Louis Noisette, a famous nurseryman in Paris. Days-gone-by people treated roses as treasured objects and even bartered with them as money. Now a days we are blessed with many roses to choose from and should always take the time to adore them.


  • Multiple blooms
  • Likes filtered sun
  • Easy to maintain/prune
  • This variety does well in our plant zone
  • Might take up reading Shakespeare
  • Pollinator attractor
  • Is great for cottage look in a garden
  • Great essence for potpourris
  • Non-invasive
  • Must have for inspirational prose
  • Cold tolerant


  • Be careful with thorns
  • Pollinator attractor
  • May actually start to understand Shakespeare!
  • Non-native.

Conclusion: Cameo blooms bursting, cascading, intoxicatingly fragrance never ending, in a fairytale-like setting. Ahhhfollow those sprouting of odes to our garden in paradise.

Don’t wanna miss this bloomer!