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Rosa 'De Resht' (syn. Rosa 'Rescht' and Rosa 'Rose de Rescht'), a damask Portland rose, late May. It was introduced from Iran by Nancy Lindsay (1896-1973), the somewhat bohemian daughter of the garden designer Norah Lindsay who in the 1930s twice travelled to Persia, as it then was, in search of plants. She wrote of it in her catalogue: "'Rose de Resht' N.L. 849. Happened on it in an Old Persian garden in ancient Resht, tribute of the tea caravans plodding Persia-wards from China over the Central Asian Steppes, it is a sturdy yard-high bush of glazed lizard-green, perpetually emblazoned with full camellia flowers of pigeons-blood ruby irised with royal-purple, haloed with dragon-sepals like the painted blooms on oriental faience. 7/6" (John Grimshaw's Garden  Diary blog)