Mr Cookie and I are great fans of the good old days of British Horror Films. One of our favourite actors of the time was Peter Cushing. In 1986, he wrote to Jim'll Fix It to request that a rose be developed in memory of his late, dearly beloved wife, Helen. This was granted and a rose was developed specially in her honour and was named ... Helen Cushing! Recently it was the anniversary of Peter Cushing's Birthday and the 50th anniversary of Hammer Studios which made him famous. James (Mr Cookie) tried to see if we could get hold of a 'Helen Cushing' to plant in our garden as a memorial but we could not find out anything at all regarding its availability or otherwise. Even emailing the RHS was a dead end. Does anyone know whether it is possible to get cultivars of privately commissioned roses or are we onto a loser here! From Wikipaedia.... Death of his wife In 1971, Cushing withdrew from the film Blood from the Mummy's Tomb when his wife died (Hammer stalwart Andrew Keir inherited the role). He and actress Helen Beck had been married since 1943. The following year, he was quoted in the Radio Times as saying "Since Helen passed on I can't find anything; the heart, quite simply, has gone out of everything. Time is interminable, the loneliness is almost unbearable and the only thing that keeps me going is the knowledge that my dear Helen and I will be united again some day. To join Helen is my only ambition. You have my permission to publish that... really, you know dear boy, it's all just killing time. Please say that." Six years later, his feelings were unchanged: "When Helen passed on six years ago I lost the only joy in life that I ever wanted. She was my whole life and without her there is no meaning. I am simply killing time, so to speak, until that wonderful day when we are together again."[ In his autobiography, he says he attempted suicide the night that Helen died, by running up and down stairs in the vain hope that it would induce a heart attack. In 1986, Cushing appeared on the British TV show Jim'll Fix It. His "wish", "granted" by Jimmy Savile, was to have a strain of rose named after his late wife. Cushing's letter to the show, in copperplate handwriting, was shown, as was the identification and naming of a rose named "Helen Cushing". A sad tale of true love and loss :( Anyone any ideas or suggestions?