The Quick 10: 10 Roses With Surprising Namesakes

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In case you haven't noticed, Valentine's Day is Sunday. I'm not a fan of roses on the big day, myself, but if you're going to go that route, you can make it a little more special by ordering a variety named after one of her (or his) favorite people. So many people have been honored with their own rose cultivar that you're bound to find one that suits your significant other.

Since there are some you probably wouldn't be too stunned by (the Princess of Wales, Shakespeare, Audrey Hepburn, Cleopatra), I tried to pick some of the more surprising ones.

lincoln1. Abe Lincoln. Honest Abe actually has four varieties under his belt "“ "President Lincoln," "Souvenir du President," "Honest Abe" and "Mr. Lincoln." Mr. Lincoln, a citrusy-smelling flower, is the one you see in the picture from learn2grow.com "“ it's a miniature. I giggled a little when I saw that learn2grow noted, "Mr. Lincoln does tend to get powdery mildew."
2. Amelia Earhart.
3. Chevy Chase.
OK, technically this one has been around since 1939 and was named after the community in Maryland, not the actor. But if you know someone who just can't get enough of National Lampoon's Vacation, I'm sure the sentiment would be appreciated.

4. Dolly Parton. Insert your own joke here.

5. Freddie Mercury.

julia child6. Julia Child, which I think is a particularly pretty rose (pictured).
7. George Burns. Do you think his roses smell like cigars instead of flowers? No?
8. Rosie O'Donnell.
9. Paul McCartney.
Everything I read about this one says it's extremely fragrant, if you like that sort of thing.
10. Santana.

Yes"¦ if we're being practical, you probably need to place an order for these specialized beauties a little bit in advance, so two days isn't going to cut it. But keep it in mind for next year! Just think of all of the pun-tastic possibilities: Amelia Earhart roses could be accompanied with a "Let's disappear together" note (too soon?) or you could go all out and order four score and seven Abraham Lincoln roses. Any other suggestions?

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