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'Admiral Rodney' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 43-248
most recent 16 MAR 22 SHOW ALL
Initial post 16 MAR 10 by Unregistered Guest
I've seen several photos of this rose that seem to show that it has a mauve quality about it not unlike Sterling Silver. It's kind of interesting that flower color is always described in a way to maximize a particular trait the breeder was going for. For instance, many mauve roses that are said to be very blue are actually very pink (ie Shocking Blue or Angelface [which I don't see much of any lavender color at all in the flower compared with say Blue Girl]), and this exaggeration is usually made when the rose is being sold for blueness. Some roses which are actually quite purple are sold as red (many old garden roses), because red was the intent of the hybridizer at some point in history. Then some roses which are said to be pink are actually very mauve (especially some rugosas and 1950s era roses before the advent and popularity of Sterling Silver).
Reply #1 of 2 posted 16 MAR 22 by Michael Garhart
Most of the roses seen as 'Shocking Blue' are actually 'Deep Purple'. 'Shocking Blue' actually is a silvery mauve type. The actual SB has holly-like foliage and a high center. DP is mostly magenta, with some purple, pink, and mauve overtone. It has round-ish foliage and round-ish blooms.

It is possible Admiral Rodney is bred from a mauve rose even though it is not mauve itself. It has a descendent that has a mauve overtone that cannot be explained in its other lineages. That being said, even if AR has even a slight tone of mauve in odd weather, it should not be commercially described as such.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 16 MAR 22 by Robert Neil Rippetoe
It was a favorite of mine. I wouldn't mind growing it again, eventually.
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