Aimée Vibert

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Aimée Vibert

class: Noisette Rose
breeding: Vibert, 1828
photographed by Daphne Filiberti in her garden

The clusters of 'Aimée Vibert', also known as 'Bouquet de la Mariée, are like wedding bouquets of pure white roses and buds innocently edged in pink. These roses are real heirlooms. The petals appear to be made of fine, vintage-white silk, which is not quite sheer but retains some of its modesty. 'Aimée Vibert' is an early Noisette, which combines the vigor and clustered flowers of musks with some of the perpetual flowering of the Chinas. The rose was raised by Vibert, and named for his daughter in 1828. 'Aimée Vibert' was one of the first perpetual-flowered climbing roses. I have had the roses planted in my garden for four years. They bloom later than most Noisettes, which is mid-June in Southern California. The roses are also known to bloom again in the autumn. Mine do not bloom repeatedly throughout the season, the way that 'Blush Noisette' or my Tea-Noisettes seem to do. Gertrude Jekyll commented in Roses for English Gardens by saying 'Aimée Vibert' could, "redeem a home of no architectural pretention". Graham Thomas has commented that 'Aimée Vibert' has some of the most attractive rose foliage, which is dark green, lush, and glossy. The leaves are long, pointed, serrated, and gracefully poised. The slightest damp weather will tarnish the petals, but this might be seen as adding to the charm and heirloom quality of the roses. The scent is light and sweet. Give the rose plenty of room. It is vigorous and can reach a good 20 feet or so. It is a great choice if you want to completely cover a fence with a climber that is very lush and green, and also has lovely clusters of white roses.

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