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English Sonnet

Posted by seil z6 MI (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 8, 11 at 22:45

This rose amazes me every year. You have to watch it open.
The bud
English Sonnet bud 1
English Sonnet bud 2

Starting to open
English Sonnet opening 1
English Sonnet opening 2

English Sonnet opening 3

English Sonnet open 1
It opens fully to reveal TONS of petals!
English Sonnet open 2
It's always such a surprise!

Hope you enjoyed the journey!

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So cute! what a charmer!

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

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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!


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

RE: English Sonnet

  • Posted by seil z6 MI (My Page) on
    Sat, Jul 9, 11 at 11:11

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.

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Interesting and very pretty. Thanks for posting.

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

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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!

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  • Posted by jim1961 Z 5/6 Central Pa (My Page) on
    Sun, Jul 10, 11 at 13:28

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

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  • Posted by seil z6 MI (My Page) on
    Sun, Jul 10, 11 at 21:01

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.

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