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The Sally Holmes Shrub Rose


It may be an annual mantra of mine impressing on you the beauty of the gardens of Sa Bassa Blanca, owned by the Fundación Yannick y Ben Jakober, near the Aucanada Golf course, in the Port d’Alcúdia vicinity. Pardon me if I should give you the impression that I am repeating myself, but a visit there, especially now during the month of May when the roses are in their full bloom, would be most rewarding. Believe you me.

The gardens can be visited Wednesday to Saturday, by appointment only. Telephone 971.549.880 for reservations. Admission will be charged. There is also a policy of Open Doors every Tuesday, 09h30-12h30 and 14h30-17h30, admission free, without the need of prior reservations.

The Sally Holmes shrub rose is one of over 100 different roses there that this year impressed me most. Sally Holmes is a bare root rose, whatever that might imply, with a delicate, musky scent. The plant is a floribunda-like shrub with upright growth and good foliage. The single flowers are of a very pale pink to white colour, borne in large trusses. The rose is not endemic to Mallorca but was bred as a hybrid in the UK during the 1970s. But it seems to be doing marvellously well in the Mediterranean climate, and appears to also be largely resistant to diseases.

You might want to check the Foundation’s website for more information on the garden, as well as the many other attractions that this set-up has on offer, such as impressive art pieces, a compelling landscape, stunning views, and an inspired architecture. Sa Bassa Blanca is one of my favourite destinations for an excursion on the island.

The photo was taken near Port d’Alcúdia, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: May 17th, 2009. The time was 12:40:07.

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