This giveaway is sponsored by Four Roses Bourbon and is open to gardeners in the contiguous United States.
All opinions are my own.
My husband is a bourbon guy. When I bought him a small whiskey aging barrel a few years ago, his face lit up like I’d given him a Ford Raptor. The truck’s nowhere in the budget so I’m glad he’s easy to please. Occasionally, I like sipping along with him, especially when the nights get colder. He laughs when I shudder after that first sip. It’s a girly thing to do, I know. But it has a way of taking the chill out of a long Chicago winter.
I’m hardly in a position to talk flavor profiles. People who can sniff or sip a glass of bourbon (or wine for that matter) and detect hints of caramel, vanilla, farm animals or whatever amaze me. My taste buds feel inferior. I just smell whiskey. But when Four Roses Bourbon offered me the opportunity to give away a fragrant, disease resistant, reblooming red rose, my olfactory system kicked in. It does that when flowers are involved, especially roses. And who can resist a red rose?
A Name Born of a Love Story
To commemorate the distilleries 130th anniversary, Four Roses partnered with Jackson and Perkins to create the Anniversary rose in honor of the legendary love story it represents. It’s very Scarlett O’Hara-ish. Several versions of the story exist but the gist is the same.
Set in Kentucky, a shy, homely man by the name of Paul Jones, Jr. (other versions attribute it to his nephew Lawrence Lavalle Jones) became smitten with a young southern belle. For five years he courted her, asking several times for her hand. And each time she refused. He persisted. In our modern social climate this could be borderline harassment.
Nonetheless, he made one last proposal on the eve of a dance. In a letter, he explained that this would be his final attempt and asked her to wear a corsage of four roses if her answer was yes. She did and he commemorated the moment in 1888, when he registered the trademark name Four Roses for his best whiskey.
Of the several bourbons Four Roses distills, we sampled the brand’s yellow label which is said to be their mellowest spirit. While I still shuddered with that first sip, it wasn’t overly harsh for my undiscerning palate. A splash of it added to a glass of my homemade sweet peach tea was delicious. My husband agreed.
About the Four Roses Anniversary Rose
The Anniversary Rose is classified as a floribunda, characterized by its clusters of bouquet-like blooms. As an own-root rose, Anniversary will return as itself, even in colder climates where the rose dies back to the ground in winter. Unlike a grafted rose, which may revert back to the root system to which it was attached, it will return as the red rose you planted.
Anniversary is a repeat bloomer, provided you do regular deadheading, from early to late summer and hardy in zones 4-10. It’s fragrant (as it should be), disease resistant and grows 3-4 feet tall and wide. Plant in full sun.
Enter the Giveaway
What’s your favorite rose? Leave your answer in the comments at the end of this post and you’ll be automatically entered in the August 24th drawing to receive the Four Roses Anniversary rose. The winner will receive a 2-quart potted rose shipped directly from Jackson and Perkins. Good luck and happy gardening my friends!
Interested in another rose tale?