Rose ‘Francis E Lester’ AGM

Yesterday, I posted a picture that one of our group had sent to me earlier this week, of this rose just starting to flower.

Now those buds are opening, giving a lovely June flush, and she has sent some updates.  Here they are.


Glynis's Rose Frances E Lester 2 A


Glynis's Rose Frances E Lester 3 A


‘Francis E Lester’ is a hybrid musk rambler, and therefore flowers only once, but makes up for it in the great profusion of blossom.  It’s a very healthy rose, with a strong fragrance.  It was bred in the Lester Rose Gardens in 1946 (now called Roses of Yesterday and Today, in California).

It was bred from ‘Kathleen’, a hybrid musk rose, crossed with an unnamed seedling.

It’s vigorous enough to grow into medium-sized trees, reaching about 8m x 5m, so not, perhaps, for the faint-hearted or those with limited space.  It’s a lovely thing.  The RHS has given it the Award of Garden Merit.