Friday, September 21, 2012

A Rose Could Smell as Sweet

Brigitte Bardot rose
It's interesting that rose cultivars are sometimes named after celebrities.  In addition to these depicted, there have also been roses named for Dolly Parton, Queen Elizabeth, Audrey Hepburn, Julia Child, LeeAnn Rimes, Rosie O'Donnell, John F. Kennedy, Christian Dior, Sylvie Vartan, and others.   Here's a pretty full list, if you're curious:

A complete omission in rose nomenclature are roses named for Vice-Presidents and other politicians.  Can you deal with a Joe Biden or a Don Quayle rose?  And would it smell as sweet?  Somehow, any rose named after a politician might be dubious in this case.  Maybe, if there are cultivars of the Ginkgo tree, described as a living fossil that produces seeds that smell bad.  That species could be reserved for politicians.  Or even better, some of our current Members of Congress!

I couldn't pass up the metaphor.

Reba McEntire rose



Anonymous said...

What does a Rosie O'Donnell rose look like? Does it have a lot of thorns?

Mike said...

I think the thorns should be named for the politicians.

Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

Do they give names to varieties of poison ivy?

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Anon -- I couldn't find a picture.

Mike-- I agree with you. Or maybe the types of manure.

Elvis -- Unfortunately, no. It's plain old rhus.