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'Queen Elizabeth' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 130-078
most recent 12 DEC 21 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 12 DEC 21 by Duchesse
Tetraploid per Hui Feng et al, 2020. Fertility and Progeny of Triploids in China Rose Germplasm. Research Square.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 12 DEC 21 by jedmar
Thank you!
Discussion id : 39-355
most recent 13 APR 20 SHOW ALL
Initial post 23 SEP 09 by arvid jørgensen
This has for many years been one of the most popular roses in Norway and consequently widely planted. The main reason for which is probably that she appears to be a hybrid tea, even though she in fact is a floribunda. This makes her a bit more hardy and easier to grow in our Norwegian climate than most of the hybrid teas. The flowers are beautiful and tend to appear one by one like on a hybrid tea, thus making them suitable for cutting. Some years ago I took some "Rose Friends" of mine from the Oslo aerea to visit the village of Korshavn on the coast east of Lista. Here we came across a plant of Queen Elizabeth up a wall of an old wooden house almost reaching the top of the gable. Really a sight. The owner, an elderly lady, came out to greet us and we complemented her on the impressing rose. She complained about not having had the time to cut it back that spring, and of course we asked - why cut back? Yes why indeed. Most people here seem to have a strange notion that all roses should always be cut back in spring - period. I think the lady decided to heed our advice. And yes - a Queen Elizabeth of almost 3 meters in full flush covering about half of a wall is indeed a spectacular sight not soon to be forgotten. My neighbour also had a beautiful Queen Elizabeth once up his garage wall ,which he cut back to almost nothing every spring. I pitied the poor plant and told him he was likely to lose it if he kept on doing so. And he did - both - keep on doing so, and lose the plant.
So what about my own plant then? Well that is a totally different story, and like my neighbour`s , quite a sad one too at that - till now. She has never been one to flower much, sending up canes and twigs ending at best in two or three flowers per season. I pinched the shoots, cut back the plant and did everything I was supposed to do according to the books. To no avail. I had given up the plant entirely when I this spring bought a clematis "The Vagabond" and told my Queen Elizabeth that I would leave her be if she could serve as a good support for the clematis. And what do you know! The plant has flowered almost continuously and is still now in September showing off many beautiful flowers. This is not the only time I have experienced this. I have many times wondered: Do the plants have a way of perceiving things? Other gardeners have had the same experience. Very strange indeed. But then again, plants are living beings not things, and this really makes my heart go out to them, and I love them for it.
Reply #1 of 4 posted 24 APR 19 by BrianH
Arvid, thank you for your comments. This kind of information, together with your personal experience, is exactly what I need to enjoy roses and the community devoted to them. Also, as an English teacher, I admire your elegant writing style and the warmth of your narrative.
Reply #2 of 4 posted 2 MAY 19 by arvid jørgensen
Thank you for your kind comments, Brian. I much appreciate it. Although I have lost the "Vagabond" Clematis, I still have my "Queen Elizabeth". She is back to normal now so to speak. Maybe she misses the Vagabond. Who knows. I may have to buy me a new one. There is however a "Jackmanii" and the Estonian "Mikelite" there, but they seem to be heading for the Lilac Tree in the background ; which of course was my intention in the first place. Anyway I am happy to have my "Queen" still and she is of course welcome to stay for as long as she wants. Good luck with your gardening. This is a busy time here and I love it. The revival of Nature once again. Aren`t we lucky to experience this Miracle every year?

Best regards from Arvid
Reply #3 of 4 posted 4 APR 20 by Tique
I normally don’t read lengthy comments but I read yours with much delight! Thank you!
Reply #4 of 4 posted 13 APR 20 by arvid jørgensen
Thank you! I much appreciate
Best regards Arvid
Discussion id : 117-834
most recent 7 AUG 19 SHOW ALL
Initial post 30 JUL 19 by Plazbo
I got a potted version from a local rose nursery. I wouldn't call it thornless. Maybe the upper parts for flower cutting is low thorn but the main canes aren't.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 6 AUG 19 by billy teabag
My old plant is well-armed as well.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 7 AUG 19 by Patricia Routley
Two days ago I took a ten feet high bush down to three feet. Most of the medium-sized thorns were in the three to seven feet height.
Discussion id : 91-868
most recent 2 APR 16 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 1 APR 16 by Andrew from Dolton
One of my Queen Elizabeth roses threw this sport a couple of years ago, the petal on the top is from one of the usual "ugly" pink.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 2 APR 16 by Give me caffeine
Interesting. I recently had one of my Mr. Lincolns throw out a single bloom in almost exactly the same colour. Only the one. Never seen it before or since. Plants are funny things.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 2 APR 16 by Andrew from Dolton
Indeed they are, this has fewer petals than usual and a smaller flower, but the colour is far darker than most of the other sports, it is shorter growing too with more prickles and paler stems.
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