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'Queen of England' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 91-868
most recent 2 APR 16 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 1 APR 16 by Andrew from Dolton
One of my Queen Elizabeth roses threw this sport a couple of years ago, the petal on the top is from one of the usual "ugly" pink.
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Reply #1 of 2 posted 2 APR 16 by Give me caffeine
Interesting. I recently had one of my Mr. Lincolns throw out a single bloom in almost exactly the same colour. Only the one. Never seen it before or since. Plants are funny things.
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Reply #2 of 2 posted 2 APR 16 by Andrew from Dolton
Indeed they are, this has fewer petals than usual and a smaller flower, but the colour is far darker than most of the other sports, it is shorter growing too with more prickles and paler stems.
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Discussion id : 70-729
most recent 16 FEB 16 SHOW ALL
 
Initial post 31 MAR 13 by goncmg
Flippantly went to several known nurseries tonight to buy this one. Don't love it, see my prior post, but very important in history and I want it. Well, guess what? Barely available. Actually really NOT available. I am speechless. This one isn't even in the garden centers here in Columbus, bagged and waxed. Beyond shocked.
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Reply #1 of 2 posted 15 FEB 16 by Daniel Alm
Don't fear, it will come back next year to haunt us. Ugly flowers on a good bush, and since it is hard to kill it's perfect for beginners. I can't think of any other reason why this variety keeps on showing up in nurseries. I reserve the same derision for the Knock-out series. QE does have its uses in breeding, apparently it will accept pollen from almost anything and set seeds. Problem is, you have to breed out that ugly flower color and form in succeeding generations. ~Benaminh
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Reply #2 of 2 posted 16 FEB 16 by goncmg
Great comment. I did get it again! In 2014 wham, there it was in my garden center! I used to absolutely hate all pink roses but lately have softened and am really finding beauty in them all. But I do agree with your general sentiment with QE and , wow, Knock-Out and anything named any sort of Knock-Out. And your comparison of QE and K-O is spot on. It is the "plant" that got them introduced, the blooms are not noteworthy (QE) and are downright ugly (K-O). Without a doubt hundreds of thousands of seedlings that look just like both of them have been culled since their introduction--in Knock-Out's case probably billions as Knock-Out looks like every disappointing seedling any hybridizer has hung his/her head over......roses were post war to maybe 1990 very much "fashion" (pun I suppose intended) and it took Knock-Out to get roses noticed again, grown widely again, and in some strange way "fashion" again. Lammerts and Radler won some Power Ball with their creations. The time was right, lightening struck, some marketing machine backing them up took a sell-able product and ran with it.
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Discussion id : 76-949
most recent 1 MAR 14 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 28 FEB 14 by Slave to the garden
It's a very strong clean tall gorgeous rose and climber . Simple as that. You want a long stem, beautiful bud, and a very strong pink color, this is the one. Easy to grow, disease resistant, survives nearly all seasons well. Can produce as many as 20 at a time in bloom on a very modest plant. I agree if there is a hall of fame for roses this would be one of the first honored. Great breeder also.
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Reply #1 of 1 posted 1 MAR 14 by Patricia Routley
Indeed. In 1978 the World Federation of Rose Societies declared this the world's favourite rose and gave it their Hall of Fame award. It is sometimes interesting to stop and look at the awards a particular rose has won. (Awards - at the top, in between lineage and references).
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Discussion id : 66-231
most recent 4 AUG 12 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 4 AUG 12 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
I once grew Queen Elizabeth - no scent to speak of. But it looks very good at the rose park, tall, slender and. Queen Elizabeth gets my vote as the second best-looking shrub at the rose park in late fall, after Bolero Florbunda. She survives zone 5a winter well, and deserves credit for being tough and tall, so bunnies can't eat her. She makes a good seed-parent.
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