'Elizabeth Bowers' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Singer, Judith Belsham
Medium pink Shrub.Registration name: HotelizExhibition name:
Pink. Mild, opinions vary fragrance. Average diameter 3.5". Medium to large, very double, borne mostly solitary, old-fashioned, quartered bloom form. Moderate, spring or summer flush with scattered later bloom.
Medium, bushy, well-branched. Medium, medium green, leathery foliage.
Can be used for beds and borders, container rose, cut flower, garden or shrub. Can be grown as a shrub. heat tolerant. prefers dry climates. prefers full sun. prefers warmer sites. Disease susceptibility: disease resistant, mildew resistant. 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.
Fragrance varies dramatically with weather. Usually not much fragrance, but sometimes can have a delicious strong scent.
How I named this rose is a most interesting story. Elizabeth Bowers was a young girl who joined the peace corp to help educate Zambian girls, and tragically died in a bicycle accident there. Though I had never heard of her, I had a dream about Elizabeth, and asked her if I could name this rose after her. She said she would be so honored! Upon awakening I was curious, so I looked her up on the internet. You can see her story at http://www.bethsgirls.org/
It just seemed so right to name this rose after her.
This rose has beautiful foliage and a very graceful and pleasing growth habit. She has been mildew resistant & I have seen no black spot on her, but we don't tend to get that in my climate. Thrips will cause her blooms to not open (just pull off the offending petals) and in some weather she will produce vegetative growth. Will tolerate a pot for quite a while but wants to get big, so ultimately best in the ground. This is a rose for the hottest climates - she can take it and she wants it!