'Elina ®' rose References
Article (newspaper) (Sep 2011) Page(s) 2. Includes photo(s).
Patricia Routley: Mostly my eyes, nose and heart have been swayed by old roses. But once in a while my fickle fancies have been taken by a more recently-bred rose. Thirteen years ago I saw a rose that had initially been named Peaudouce, (coded DICjana) and I fell in love with it. This rose resulted from young Colin Dickson’s first year pollinating in Ireland in 1977, but his father Patrick Dickson normally gains the credit for it. It was introduced by R. Harkness & Co., Ltd. in Hitchin, U.K. in 1984. The firm named it after a French brand of disposable babies nappies! My thinking is that Harkness sold the rose to the nappy maker who probably wanted to use it in their product advertising. The trouble was despite the rose being simply superb, Harkness found that very few people wanted to buy a rose commemorating a baby’s nappy, so very wisely, they then marketed it under a synonym name of Elina – much prettier – and sales took off. It has been said that it is the finest rose to come out of the U.K. and I am inclined to agree. It has won many awards all over the world and in 2006 entered the rose Hall of Fame being voted the world’s most favourite rose. ‘Elina’ is a vigorous, upright-growing, pale creamy-yellow, or ivory with lemon centre hybrid tea and the long stemmed blooms are borne singly. The bloom is large and the 35 silky-textured petals have a wave to their edges - it is a lemon meringue pie of a rose. Great for cutting and the buds are beautiful in flower arranging. The parentage is listed as the white floribunda ‘Nana Mouskouri 1975 x the apricot hybrid tea ‘Lolita’ 1972. Unfortunately there is very little perfume, but a rose does not have to smell good, to look good. I hear that there are many plants growing in gardens in Northcliffe and because it grows so well from cuttings, I think that many of the plants in Northcliffe stem from the one plant that Anna Daubney had growing in her garden. My garden notes say I took cuttings from Judy Daubney’s garden, but Anna’s plant was just next-door and it is more likely we selected wood from Anna’s fine plant. All the 1998 cuttings struck and I put three plants of it in the Wee Garden. The two nearer the forest are not doing too well these days, but they have given me 13 years of bloom and I am grateful. I think Anna’s plant of ‘Elina’ would be on R. fortuniana rootstock and it looks as though it will live in her garden for decades to come. Alan says he prunes it savagely every year and it grows back to over 6 feet the following year. There is no die-back of stems and it is always strong and healthy. Anna’s grandchildren have all requested cuttings of ‘Elina’ to remind them of Nanna. It is a late flowerer in spring and autumn and one thinks that the roses have all “gone over” and then you go out and find ‘Elina’ in full bloom, holding centre-stage, all by itself. I have never found out who the person Elina was.
Website/Catalog (2008) Page(s) 9. Includes photo(s).
Magazine (2006) Page(s) 57. Vol 100, Part 2.
Words Colin Dickson. [Article on] Patrick Dickson - A Lifetime of Roses.
....Although not directly involved in the actual hybridising process since 1977, PD [Patrick Dickson] continues to be a tremendous influence in my own work and we both like to share the credit for 'Elina' (Dicjana) which resulted from my first year pollinating.
Magazine (2000) Page(s) 19. Vol 94, part 1..
Peter Harkness. Favourite Roses for Hedges.
Book (Apr 1999) Page(s) 30-31. Includes photo(s).
One of Rayford Reddell's choices for its cut-flowers.
Website/Catalog (23 Oct 1998) Page(s) 9. Includes photo(s).
Elina (DICjana) (Formerly known as 'Peaudouce') Hybrid Tea. Very large most beauitfully-shaped blooms of clear pale primrose yellow... An excellent rose for cutting and most popular among flower arrangers. Dickson 1985.
Website/Catalog (Jun 1998) Page(s) 71. Includes photo(s).
Book (1997) Page(s) 17, 126. Includes photo(s).
p. 17: [Photo] The top Hybrid Tea rose in New Zealand... [in McGredy's] opinion, one of the very best roses in the world... Dicjana, Hybrid Tea 1985...
p. 126: Varietal name: Dicjana. Selling name: 'Elina'; 'Peaudouce' in UK
Book (Jul 1996) Page(s) 40. Includes photo(s).
Elina Large-flowered bush (Hybrid Tea) Dickson (Northern IReland) 1985 ('Dicjana', 'Peaudouce') Description... It was previously known as 'Peaudouce', which means "soft skin" in French, the petals have a beautiful silky texture...
Book (1996) Page(s) 32.
Elina (DICjana, 'Peaudouce') Large-Flowered (Hybrid Tea)... double rounded creamy white blooms, with lemon centres... RNRS Certificate of Merit 1983. James Mason Medal (RNRS) 1994. Dickson (Northern Ireland) 1985.