This rose was bred by Walter Van Fleet (my favorite hybridizer), named for his wife, and introduced in 1926. In my garden, it is eight feet tall and at least that wide, perfectly winter hardy, disease free, generous with its flowers, and the fragrance is heavenly.
My friend, Goth Gardener, included a quote that I love in her post today.
If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.
This perfectly captures how I feel every year when that first flower opens.