'Millie Walters ™' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Jean Marion
Orange-pink Miniature.Registration name: MORmilliExhibition name:
Millie Walters ™
Orange-pink. None to mild fragrance. Large, very full (41+ petals), borne mostly solitary, cluster-flowered, in small clusters, classic hybrid tea, exhibition, high-centered, reflexed bloom form. Prolific, blooms in flushes throughout the season. Medium, long sepals, long buds.
Medium, armed with thorns / prickles, bushy, compact, rounded, upright, well-branched. Medium, semi-glossy, medium green, leathery foliage.
Height of up to 1' (up to 30 cm).
USDA zone 6b and warmer. Can be used for beds and borders, container rose, cut flower or garden. Hardy. vigorous. 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). Can be pruned to maintain a shorter habit.
United States - Patent No: PP 5,741 on 13 May 1986 VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 06/672,887 on 19 Nov 1984
In the 1997 American Rose Annual
(on page 8) there is a photograph of Millie and her rose, as well as some remembrances about her. The American Rose Society recognized her efforts in the promotion of rose arrangements, establishing the Millie Walters Miniature Arrangements Trophy in 1997.
According to the New Zealand Plant Variety Rights (PVR) web page, application for a PVR Grant for this rose was made March 6, 1987 and granted August 12, 1992 (PVR Grant No. 687. The breeder's Reference for this rose is Mormilli. The New Zealand Trade Name is 'Millie Walters'. This PVR Grant was surrendered August 12, 1996.
Millie Walters was removed from the Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens (ARBG) Display Trial because its trial period expired.