Pink Grootendorst…Bred by De Goey (Netherlands, 1918).
Introduced in Netherlands by F. J. Grootendorst & Sons in 1918 as ‘F.J. Grootendorst’.
This rose I first saw at Hatch Manor in Wiltshire when the children were young and I have never forgotten its lovely petals , all trimmed at the edge as if with pinking shears
Camillus Kitty Cicely and I went to visit James Stern who lived in a beautiful old house full of paintings by everyone famous.He even had a Picasso screen print which was the same as the one I had one which I had bought for £5.00 in an old antique shop in Kew Road,
I remember that when I bought it the shopkeeper smiled sadly at me and said “It’s not a real Picasso you know ”
Of course I didn’t think it was , but I thought it would look nice in the children’s bedroom. However , they thought otherwise as it
frightened them as it was rather a sad clown ….so I gave to the school jumble sale ….
I was a bit mortified when i realised what I had done ..I shall trust my own judgement in the future …
Jimmy Stern was a great writer and I have put some of his work here for you to read…….