English Sonnet

seil zone 6b MIJuly 8, 2011

This rose amazes me every year. You have to watch it open.

The bud

Starting to open

Peak

Then BOING!

It opens fully to reveal TONS of petals!

It's always such a surprise!

Hope you enjoyed the journey!

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serenasyh(was 5/now Z 8-Kans)

So cute! what a charmer!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2011 at 3:22AM
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inga007(Ont. 6a)

What a surprising end to the lovely "journey"......
It looks like a different bloom, in the end.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2011 at 6:49AM
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dublinbay z6 (KS)

It's like watching the Disney movie about the living desert --or something like that--which showed the flowers opening right in front of us. Cool!

Kate

    Bookmark   July 9, 2011 at 9:47AM
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queenbee_1(7)

OMG, what a beauty! Tell us more about it!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2011 at 10:53AM
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seil zone 6b MI

Thanks everyone, glad you enjoyed it!

Queenbee, ES is a floribunda from Harkness, 1991, with a long list of names. If you're looking for it check out King Arthur, Lawrence of Arabia, Samaritan and Fragrant Surprise (which is odd because I don't detect much fragrance from it) but the exhibition name is English Sonnet. It's compact and small, about 2 x 2 feet, and the blooms are about 3 inches. Has good disease resistance, only a touch of black spot occasionally and no powdery mildew ever. Probably due to the very shiny, glossy dark green leaves. It winters very well and is usually green to the tips in spring. It also has a very good bloom power and short repeat cycle so I get lots of them all summer. All in all it's a great little rose and I don't know why it isn't better known.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2011 at 11:11AM
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the_bustopher z6 MO

Interesting and very pretty. Thanks for posting.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2011 at 11:45AM
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phatboyrose(N/W FL. - 8)

Ms. Seil what a wonderful idea and the photography is outstandind. Thanks for sharing.
Harold

    Bookmark   July 9, 2011 at 12:11PM
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kathy9norcal

Lovely photos. I bought it way back as Samaritan. I love the progression of bloom that you showed so well. I wish mine was a bigger bush and had more flowers. It is a favorite!

    Bookmark   July 10, 2011 at 1:31AM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

Love how you took pics of each stage of it opening...Great looking rose too!

    Bookmark   July 10, 2011 at 1:28PM
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seil zone 6b MI

Thanks all!

Kathy, like I said, mine isn't very big either but it does bloom a lot for me. It's already had 2 flushes this season and is gearing up for it's third right now.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2011 at 9:01PM
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