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The rose Yves Piaget is a member of the ‘Meilland Jardin & Parfum’ collection. This collection is a true luxury rose collection with the best scented cut rose varieties of the famous French Rose breeding family Meilland.
Melody Gardot celebrates the Piaget rose
Meilland Jardin & Parfum Rose ‘Yves Piaget’
The diva of the Piaget family, the Yves Piaget rose, once seen is never forgotten. This gloriously strong scented rose with a hint of sunny citrus has an average of 80 layers of petals, with a bright to light pink color. Like an enormous scoop of strawberry ice cream, it’s hard to resist.
The Yves Piaget Rose is bred in France and introduced in 1985. The large-flowered Yves Piaget Rose is sometimes known as ‘Queen Adelaide.’ This award-winner is known for its sweet scent and large, full-petaled, pink blossoms reminiscent of the old garden roses grown during English Queen Adelaide’s reign in the nineteenth century.
Named for the famous Swiss clock maker who makes the trophy for the best rose in the Geneva rose competition. Perfectly combines old-fashioned form, strong color and rich fragrance.
- Shape : Romantica®
- Color : Deep Pink-Cerise
- Petals Count : 80
- Diameter : 12 cm
- Fragrance : Strong Citrus scent
- Vase Life : 7 days
- Breeder : Meilland
- Plant name : Meivildo
DID YOU KNOW
The Story behind the Rose Yves Piaget
For nearly two decades, David Austin of Albrighton, England, has dominated the scene of these something-for-everyone rose varieties. His “English Roses,” as they’re commonly known, have become almost as popular in the United States as they are in Britain. It was only a matter of time, of course, before a new hybridizer would emerge to give Austin a run for his money. As it happened, Austin’s fiercest European rival was busily at work just across the English Channel.
Jacques Mouchotte of the illustrious French House of Meilland in Le Luc En Provence was no upstart. He had already hybridized several great roses – the All-America Rose ‘Carefree Delight,’ a Landscape rose of exceptional beauty, and ‘Summer’s Kiss’ a soft apricot Hybrid Tea that smells distinctly of anise. Then, Mouchotte hybridized ‘Polka,’ a climber that took the Western United States, particularly California, by storm. Not only were its fragrant, soft-apricot, frilly blossoms appealing, so was the vigorous, disease resistant plant on which they flowered.
Such successes surely pleased Mouchotte, but he was haunted by a rose that he introduced in 1984 named ‘Yves Piaget.’ Although he recognized that it was beyond routine classification, in order to get it into commerce and test its marketability, Mouchotte classed ‘Yves Piaget’ as a Hybrid Tea. It caused an immediate sensation among French gardeners. Mouchotte couldn’t drive the image of what he had created out of his mind and believed that Monsieur Piaget might be the first of a new “line” of roses for the mighty Meilland empire to promote (the House of Meilland produces over 12 million rosebushes a year and exports through a 42-country network).
Small wonder the image of ‘Yves Piaget’ consumed him – this rose knows no shame where showiness is concerned. Not only are blossoms sassy shades of hot-to-mid, mauve-pink, they’re ruffled and fragrant as all get-out. They’re also huge – easily equaling oversized saucers. Those are merits enough for a successful new rose, but ‘Yves Piaget’ was yet more. Its plants were exceptionally hardy, robust, notably disease resistant, and smothered in handsome foliage.
Mouchotte declared ‘Yves Piaget’ the first of a new breed of roses to be called “Romantica” and set about hybridizing similar new varieties in an array of colors. Adhering adamantly to his insistence that new crosses be both well perfumed and hardy, progress was slow going and he managed to create only seven new varieties in the next decade, two of them climbers.
One of the reasons new hybrids came slowly was that Mouchotte didn’t simply want his new hybrids to be fragrant, he also wanted their perfumes analyzed – information the House of Meilland intended to pass on to the public. Working with perfume experts in Grasse, a major center for the extraction of scents, the Meilland team asked fragrance pros to identify the predominating scent in each of the entries into the Romantica series.
E-TV vous invite dans les coulisses de PIAGET
TV broadcast about the Yves Piaget jewels (in French, partly in English (French subtitles)