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'Queen of the Violets' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 29-974
most recent 1 MAR 21 SHOW ALL
Initial post 26 AUG 08 by daniela
I have bought my first rose, and it happened to be RdV. I am a beginner gardener so am a bit worried as everybody says roses are difficult to grow, but I want to try. when can I expect to see it blossom again? should cutting be done in Feb/March as I have read? thanks a lot
Reply #1 of 6 posted 7 FEB 10 by Chris
my Sears Reine bloomed once last year. big disappointment. perhaps this year it will be better established and make me happier. Frau Karl Druschki looks nice and repeats much better.
Reply #2 of 6 posted 6 OCT 12 by mtspace
It's about four years old now, so I think it's probably time to consider pruning it. I think February might be a good time to prune in your climate. Even at four years of age, I would not to prune it too severely. Maybe trim to shape, removing no more than 1/3 of a cane. Remove dead canes. Be sure to feed it and mulch it well a month or so after pruning.
Reply #3 of 6 posted 27 JAN 17 by Andrew from Dolton
This rose responds very well to pegging down.
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Reply #5 of 6 posted 1 MAR 21 by Margaret Furness
Pegging down isn't as good as espaliering in warm climates, where weeds continue to grow all the year.
Reply #6 of 6 posted 1 MAR 21 by ....
Discussion id : 67-502
most recent 28 FEB 21 SHOW ALL
Initial post 13 OCT 12 by Scottrose82
This is my rating and comments for Reine Des Violettes


The blooms of Reine Des Violettes are amongst the most stunning i have seen. They are just as i like them to be. They are fully double, packed with an uncountable number of petals and a pretty button eye. Obviously the colour of the blooms is one of this roses main selling points. The colour is stunning. The only way i can describe it is to say that it starts as a beautiful deep pink and gradually over the space of a few days changes to a beautiful violet shade. As the flower ages further this colour becomes a beautiful violet grey shade! BREATHTAKING!! If you like these kind of shades like i do. They also stand up very well to rain and bad weather, and they get plenty of that where i come from.


The blooms of Reine Des Violettes have a beautiful almost fruity type fragrance. This is very strong and you may get a faint whiff of it carried on a summer breeze on a hot summers day. The fragrance reminds me of a lovely up market perfume/aftershave.

HEALTH 10/10

This rose is incredibly healthy in my zone 8 garden. The only problem i have comes from aphids! I have had no trouble with mildew or blackspot. BRILLIANT!!

Overall 28/30
Reply #1 of 2 posted 23 FEB 19 by Andrew from Dolton
It grows really happily, healthily and repeats well in Devon, even in a cool damp part of the county. What part Scotland is zone 8?
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Discussion id : 79-170
most recent 25 JUN 14 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 25 JUN 14 by Mary Mills
wonderful rose. Pepper scent is on all the leaves and canes too. Grey green foliage.
Discussion id : 29-929
most recent 10 OCT 12 SHOW ALL
Initial post 23 AUG 08 by kahlenberg
my "queen" is a beauty, indeed, but she insists on blooming only once a year (june). has anybody any idea, what could be the matter?
Reply #1 of 5 posted 23 AUG 08 by jedmar
It is not the real RdV - there are many impostors in commerce in german-speaking countries.
Reply #2 of 5 posted 24 AUG 08 by kahlenberg
yes, i really thought of that, too, although blooms and foliage look very much like it, as far as i can tell. i know, of cause the hmf-pictures and i have seen various exemplars in natura (baden bei wien, sangerhausen). maybe i have a sported one, for climbing sports often loose their ability to re-bloom and mine has a tendency to climb (2-meter shoots a year). climbing sports seem to be common for teas and hybrid-teas, but have hardly ever heard of a climbing hybrid-perpetual-sport.......
Reply #3 of 5 posted 24 AUG 08 by jedmar
You will find more information on the various types of RdV in this link:
Reply #4 of 5 posted 24 AUG 08 by kahlenberg
thank you!
Reply #5 of 5 posted 10 OCT 12 by Scottrose82
RDV is definitly a repeater. I feed all my old roses with a good granular food every 2 weeks. RDV loves lots of food!
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