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A Dream Girl


A plantsman told me that this rose was David Austin's Cymbeline. I'm not sure it is, but it grows in Shakespeare's Garden, in Portland, Oregon, where all the roses have the names of Shakespearean characters.


Toward the end of his life Shakespeare wrote three romances that end with the triumph of justice and rebirth. Cymbeline is one of them.

If this rose isn't Cymbeline, I'd like to think it's Cymbeline's daughter, Imogen.

"Even allowing for the susceptibility of male critics to so charming and devoted a creature as Imogen, whose attractions, ranging as they do from sweetness of affection to sharpness in repartee, from blind fidelity to keen insight into motives and character, from cookery to courage, make her virtually a dream girl, there is no doubt that she is one of the most substantially characterized, and hence convincing, of Shakespeare's romantic heroines" (Robert B. Heilman).

I've said it before - one of the wonderful things about Shakespeare is his affection for his heroines. It means a lot to a girl.