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Initial post 31 JAN by a_carl76
Available from - Menagerie Farm & Flower
https://menagerieflower.com/
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Reply #1 of 1 posted 2 days ago by Michael Garhart
My copy from them this year seems to be remarkably pastel. Its definitely Singin in the Rain.Every trait is correct, except that its lacking any bronze, gold, or angular petals. The petals are instead soft, round and flat, and buff peach in color. I am wondering if a flower sport has been cloned. Historically, this rose does sport.
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most recent 21 MAY HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 21 MAY by a_carl76
Just a beautiful variety all around. British Queen has done well in Central Iowa despite having actual cold(ish) winters - I give her some winter protection. Lately the winters have been a bit warmer and British Queen has thrived a bit more than usual.

It has the bloom forms and plant structure one would expect from the early hybrid teas. I definitely notice some of (what I consider) the Tea rose influence in its plant growth - thinner canes with a huge solitary bloom on top. The look is quite elegant. It has very good rebloom rate and will tend to throw up a cluster of 2 or 3 in the heat of summer. Not as many petals as you see in modern hybrid teas but enough to give it a very nice formal look. The scent is mild to moderate and I would describe it as a nice fresh/clean fragrance. Does not overpower but is noticeable and pleasant.

Disease resistance is at the level one would expect from a hybrid tea of this era - still worth growing in my opinion as it is not completely terrible and will push out new growth pretty steadily. I do not spray for diseases in my garden and I have never seen this one down to just sticks.

I grow this one with Mrs. Herbert Stevens. Similar roses introduced just several years apart in the same color group. Mrs. Herbert Stevens tends to be more wispy in growth with nodding blooms and a little more creamy in towards the center. I would say that British Queen tends to have a more blush tone to it and the blooms, despite having more petals, generally do not nod.
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most recent 28 APR HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 28 APR by Ingvill Berg
This is not perennial blue, maybe perennial blush
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Reply #1 of 1 posted 28 APR by a_carl76
No this is perennial blue. It presented this color for 2 years in the summer (not autumn) before permanently reverting back to the purple color it was before that after some tlc. I had to put new soil mixed with organic fertilizer to get the color back. I have found that a lot of the purple roses may appear pinkish in summer and when the soil is depleted of nutrients. The ph of the soil also affects the color.
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most recent 12 APR SHOW ALL
 
Initial post 6 DEC by a_carl76
I believe that anyone who bought this from Heirloom Roses did not receive the correct variety. The picture posted by Deborah's Rose Garden is the "Spiced Coffee" we all obtained and it is no where close to the description. The color is more cream blending into a pink edge and definitely not a lavender shading into coffee.

Whatever it is, I think it is a good rose for my area (Iowa) - always in bloom, nicely shaped blooms, clustered, sets hips. The issue is it just is not what they sold it to be and they should stop selling it as Spiced Coffee. It would be nice to figure out what variety it is but my internet "research" has not come up with anything specific.
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Reply #1 of 2 posted 6 DEC by Nastarana
How very sad. In all the years I ordered roses from the Clements I never received a mislabeled plant.
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Reply #2 of 2 posted 12 APR by jmile
I have received several that were not like the original rose that I had years ago. This is just one of them. The other was Fire and Ice. They have the wrong Mother Plants.
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