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"Florence Bowers' Pink Tea" rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 112-888
most recent 18 SEP SHOW ALL
 
Initial post 3 SEP by Desertgarden561
Can this rose be grown as a free-standing shrub?
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Reply #1 of 1 posted 18 SEP by Deborah Petersen
No way to know for sure, having not tried it myself or heard of anyone who has, but I think it wouldn't be too easy to deal with, growing that way. A mature plant throws out long, relatively lax canes (10'+), which readily take advantage of any upward support they find (I have to spend time keeping it out of surrounding small trees and keeping it on its own support), while the main trunk is still not that substantial, even after some years (unlike Mme. Alfred Carriere, which has hefty main trunks and can be trained to be freestanding). It would be a sprawling, very thorny thing with massive amounts of biomass, I think (maybe cascading down a hill would work?). Its response to pruning is vigorous production of more long canes so I tend to cut a cane off entirely if I want to stop it from going some direction.
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Discussion id : 87-861
most recent 16 SEP 15 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 14 SEP 15 by Jeri Jennings
I was curious enough to contact Florence Bowers regarding this rose, as it was she who passed it on to Ruth Knopf.

Mrs. Bowers told me that the rose was given to her many years ago by a much older lady, who had either found it or received it in turn. It is her recollection that it came from the site of a historic stage stop. What ever it is, this is clearly a rose of remarkable vigor and great beauty, with excellent resistance to disease in my conditions.

-- Jeri Jennings 9-14-15
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Reply #1 of 4 posted 15 SEP 15 by Patricia Routley
Thanks Jeri. Any idea of what decade? (Like Billy, I am getting the impression of Mme. Lambard x Banshee).
I have updated the main page a little. Keep the info coming. This is a fascinating rose.
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Reply #3 of 4 posted 15 SEP 15 by Jeri Jennings
No idea on age, but if it came from an old stage stop . . .

WAY different from Mme. Lambard. It can't be that. I don't grow Banshee . . . I need to ask Gregg if he has any thoughts on it. Ruth Knopf must not have had. Florence just seems to have accepted it for what it is, which is what I incline to do myself.
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Reply #4 of 4 posted 15 SEP 15 by Patricia Routley
I know it is not Mme. Lambard. It was my impression on what the parentage may have been.
Sorry, I don't understand. What do you mean by "Ruth Knopf must not have had."
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Reply #5 of 4 posted 16 SEP 15 by Jeri Jennings
Well, it went from Florence Bowers, to Ruth Knopf, to Gregg. It sounds like Ruth had no suggestions as to identity. But I'm going to ask him, just for drill.
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Discussion id : 80-741
most recent 27 SEP 14 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 27 SEP 14 by odinthor
It seems as the name of the lady after whom it is named is Florence Bowers; so it would seem that the name of the rose should be either the 'Florence Bowers Tea', or 'Florence Bowers' Tea' (with the middle apostrophe signifying the possessive), or forsooth 'Florence Bowers's Tea' (which lattermost would make clear the intention). But what it evidently should not be called is 'Florence Bower's Tea', as, it seems, no Florence Bower, if there be any such person, has anything to do with this rose.
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Reply #1 of 1 posted 27 SEP 14 by Patricia Routley
Thank you odinthor. Fixed.
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Discussion id : 72-617
most recent 12 JAN 14 SHOW ALL
 
Initial post 27 JUN 13 by billy teabag
Thank you for the excellent photos Deborah.
What a beautiful rose it is!
(What I could imagine the bloom of Mme Lambard x the Banshee Rose we saw at Sacramento might look like!)
Definite climbing habit or careful training on your part?
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Reply #1 of 1 posted 12 JAN 14 by Deborah Petersen
Sorry for this delayed reply! I am out doing winter clean-up/pruning now and yes, Billy, definitely a climbing habit: many extraordinarily long canes (including laterals) and the trend is up, up, up. If this rose could climb higher, it would. The main canes are 12 - 14' long beginning 3 years in the ground, planted as a 1-gallon band.

The prickles on the hips continued, also, up to mid-December, when a prolonged cold snap finally shut flower production down (just cut off some bunches of freeze-dried flowers and buds). So I do believe the prickles on the hips are a consistent, not transient, trait.
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