This is my favourite rose. I know it is supposed to be a birthday rose – I first bought it as a birthday gift for gd many years ago (think it was one of those gifts which I ‘needed’ to fill a space in our garden, but I’m not so sure that gd realised he ‘needed’ it!!). However it is a beautiful rose for a birthday present.

When we moved to a new home I planted several Many Happy Returns by our entrance steps where it gives us a very cheery welcome home whenever we return – from either a short trip in the city, or a long journey to faraway places. It flowers most of the year, has beautiful buds and blooms, a gentle fragrance and is resistant to aphids and weather damage ………… hence it really is my favourite rose – and I hope it welcomes us for many many more happy returns.

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