Thursday, December 9, 2010
– Loretta Lynn has her very own rose.
To celebrate the release of the tribute album "Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn" on Nov. 9, Sony Music Nashville presented Lynn with her own rose. The first "Loretta Lynn Van Lear" rose plants - named after Lynn's Award-winning album "Van Lear Rose" - will be delivered to Lynn's ranch in the spring of 2011, with more available for purchase shortly after.
"Roses have always been so special to me - I've loved them since I was a girl," said Lynn. "So to have a rose named after one of my albums . . . well, I'm not sure I quite have the words for that. I'm just very, very honored. I can't wait to have those Van Lear roses blooming in my yard."
Developed by Brad Jalbert of Select Roses of British Columbia, Canada, the "Loretta Lynn Van Lear" classes as a floribunda, an ever-blooming hybrid known for its deep color. The bloom's hue is described as a rich apricot, and the buds on the rose open into a "cottage" style flower. The plant is bushy and dense, growing to about two feet.
"This is one of those roses that has turned out to be a crowd favorite at the nursery," said Jalbert. "It is a very charming rose that all our customers have noticed when the test plants were on display."
"We are just now building up stock of this rose, and will have a few plants available spring 2010 for our local customers here in British Columbia, with more being available in coming years," said Jalbert. "However, there will be a Canadian company, who ships to the U.S. who will have plants for mail order by the fall of 2011."