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'AUSecret' rose Description
'Anne Boleyn' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Ywonne Lukjanov, Sweden
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Light pink Shrub.
Registration name: AUSecret
Bred by David C. H. Austin (1926-2018) (United Kingdom, 1990).
Introduced in United Kingdom by David Austin Roses Limited (UK) in 1999 as 'Ee/2b/91'.
Shrub.  English Rose Collection.  
Light pink, darker reverse.  Mild fragrance.  110 petals.  Average diameter 2.25".  Medium, very full (41+ petals), borne mostly solitary, in small clusters, rosette bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Arching.  Medium, semi-glossy, medium green, dense foliage.  
Height of 3' (90 cm).  Width of 3' (90 cm).
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default).  Spring Pruning: Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third. In colder areas, you'll probably find you'll have to prune a little more than that.  Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) .  Can be grown in the ground or in a container (container requires winter protection).  
Australia - Application No: 2001/144  on  23 May 2001   VIEW PBR PATENT
in 1990 seed parent ‘Ausmas’ syn Graham Thomas crossed with pollen parent unnamed seedling.
European Union - Application No: 19991797  on  7 Dec 1999
Proposed Denomination: AUSecret.
No. 255 in the 2000 Monza Competition. (Source: Website Roseto Niso Fumagalli.)
The date of Anne Boleyn's birth is not known for sure. According to some sources, it could have been as early as 1500 or 1501. Other sources say 1508 or 1509. What is known is that King Henry VIII became interested in Anne while he was still married to Catherine. When Anne became pregnant, she and Henry were secretly married, sometime around St. Paul's Day (25 January) 1533 and Henry's marriage to Catherine ended in May. On 1 June, Anne Boleyn was crowned Queen of England. On 7 September, her daughter, Princess Elizabeth was born. Times being what they were, Anne was under a great deal of pressure to produce a male heir. Two pregnancies followed, but the child was either miscarried or stillborn. In the meantime, her husband was taking a shine to one of Anne's ladies-in-waiting, Jane Seymour. Anne's days were numbered. On 2 May 1536, she was arrested and charged with adultery, incest, and plotting to murder the king -- charges which she denied. She was executed 19 May and buried in an unmarked grave in the Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula. During renovation of the chapel under Queen Victoria's reign, Anne's final resting place was identified and so marked.