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The Quick 10: 10 Roses With Surprising Namesakes

Stacy Conradt
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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.

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4. Dolly Parton. Insert your own joke here.

5. Freddie Mercury.

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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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