'Betty Bland' rose Description
Photo courtesy of André Imbeault
Deep pink Shrub.
Registration name: Betty Bland
Deep pink, darker center, ages to light pink . Flowers deep rose, fading pink. Mild to strong fragrance. 32 petals. Large, semi-double to double, cluster-flowered bloom form. Once-blooming spring or summer. Long buds.
USDA zone 2b and warmer. Hardy. vigorous.
A triploid of R. blanda x a hybrid perpetual would make sense though such a hybrid might not be hardy ;? R. blanda x hyb. per. likely ‘Captain Hayward’ (pollen parent) (Skinner);
For clarification about parentage and dates, see References. Parentage is widely reported as R. blanda x unknown Hybrid Perpetual.
Paul Olsen emails the following information about this rose: "I am pleased that you stated the pollen parent is unknown, because this is correct. Skinner said it was the Hybrid Perpetual 'Captain Hayward' but this is impossible. That would make it a triploid and 'Betty Bland' is a diploid. Furthermore, 'Betty Bland' is very hardy (Zone 2) and a Hybrid Perpetual in the parentage would only possibly make it hardy to Zone 4." Paul also reports that the color of the blooms is light pink and they are semi-double -- other sources list them as double.
R. blanda x R. rugosa [Schowalter/ Pittao]
The Swedish Rose Society recommends Betty Bland for northern Sweden.
It should be noted that the Canadian pioneer rose hybridizers did not use the petal number descriptions we use today. In their time "single" meant 5 petals. "Double" and "Semi-double" could mean any petal count greater than 5.