My favorite rose is St. Swithun, an English Rose introduced in 1993. Its flowers are of the lightest pink, larger than most English Roses, hold 100+ petals, intricately quartered, and are heavily fragranced with a heady musk scent similar to Myrrh only sweeter. A cluster of its flowers will fill a room with its fragrance and can be quite heavy. Its flowers are held up on stems that are perfectly matched to not be too stiff as to lack grace or so limp that the flowers drag.
Billy Bragg St. Swithun's Day . Several years ago Billy Bragg performed at the Woody Guthrie Festival in nearby Okemah, Oklahoma (the birthplace and childhood home of Woody Guthrie). While at the festival he took several of Woody poems and lyrics that were not set to music and wrote tunes for them. This has now become a project of many artist who come the the festivial. This year's WoodyFest is July 13-17, 2011 and always takes place on his birthday.