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Loretta Lynn has been honored numerous times this year in celebration of her 50th year in music, but the legend's latest honor looks more natural in a garden setting than atop a mantelpiece.
On Nov. 9, Loretta's record label, Sony Music Nashville, presented Loretta with her very own Loretta Lynn Van Lear rose, named after Loretta's 2004 Van Lear Rose album, which was produced by rocker Jack White of The White Stripes and earned Loretta a Grammy. The flower is classed as a floribunda and boasts a rich apricot hue. The first of these flowers will be delivered to Loretta at her ranch in spring 2011.
"Roses have always been so special to me—I've loved them since I was a girl," said Loretta in a statement. "So to have a rose named after one of my albums . . . well, I'm not sure I quite have words for that! I'm just very, very honored. I can't wait to have those Van Lear roses blooming in my yard!"
Loretta is not the only one who can have the roses, though Loretta fans may have to wait awhile to order their very own Loretta Lynn Van Lear rose plants. The roses were developed by Brad Jalbert of Select Roses, a Canadian company, and will be available by mail order for United States residents in the fall of 2011. "We are just now building up a stock of this rose, and will have a few plants available in spring 2011 for our local customers here in British Columbia," Brad said in a statement.