I haven’t done a Rose of the Week lately, and it’s not because I don’t have roses to showcase. In fact, Maus told me today that the roses are looking delightful. But there is the nub of the problem … Maus told me …
You see, I have been spending an inordinate amount of time in Perth lately and most of my roses are in Bridgetown.
Why have I been in Perth? Because I have been waiting for tradesmen to turn up. They were supposed to come on 16 February and have been coming ‘tomorrow‘ for weeks now. In the boss’s defence, he did text to say his dad had a stroke and he had to go to Sydney for a week. That delayed him a fortnight… I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that tradesmen’s families have unfortunate health 🙂
They eventually came yesterday and they absolutely promise to be back on Monday. They had better be or else!! Oh, dear! Or else, what? We have no choice but to be polite and sweet as we hear every excuse under the sun why they can’t turn up today but will, surely, be able to come tomorrow. I am too scared to say one cross word in case they decide not to turn up at all.
Tradesmen …. nothing stresses me like tradesmen. I don’t know if it is just a Perth thing. With so many men working in the mining industry, skilled men in Perth are rare and if one promises to do work on your house tomorrow, you feel blessed.
Anyway, like I said, after one month of waiting, they turned up yesterday and removed a quarter of our roof so it better not rain and they better come on Monday.
In short, we are getting a new roof on our Perth house and I have been in Perth waiting for it to happen.
I was in Bridgetown for the week we had Pierre stay (the week after the tradesman’s dad’s stroke) but I was so busy that week I didn’t even go and check out the roses, let alone walk amongst them and choose one for a photograph. On my last day, I had planned to pick a few roses on my way out (that is how busy I was) but then I remembered all my books were there and I didn’t know which ones to pack. It got all too hard.
So, to cut a long story short, I am in Perth, roseless, but I did find a couple of old photos of Queen Elizabeth that I clearly rejected as not worthy of a post. And Maus came back today, following instructions to bring with her all rose books that mentioned Queen Elizabeth. Coincidently, Maus mentioned that she had been walking amongst the roses and noticed one rose so beautiful that she stopped to check out its name. It was Queen Elizabeth.
Queen Elizabeth is a very popular rose and has been for more than 40 years. True to instructions, Maus brought back every rose book I own that refers to Queen Elizabeth. She didn’t leave many behind for it features prominently in most rose books.
Queen Elizabeth is a Floribunda rose (It is classified as a Grandiflora in the States).
Queen Elizabeth’s blooms are clear pink, loosely doubled and cupped. The blooms are produced in clusters throughout the season.
The World Federation of Rose Societies declared Queen Elizabeth the world’s ‘best rose’ in 1980.
It is uniformly described as reliable in all climates. It is certainly doing well in my garden – the heat does not worry it. Importantly, the flowers do not burn on hot summer days. It has exceptionally vigorous, upright growth. It is a very tall bush (up to two metres tall by one metre wide). Though none of the books mention it, mine does suffer from black spot in spring but this is overcome by summer. Foliage is dark green, glossy and leathery.
Queen Elizabeth was released in 1954 by Walter Lammerts (USA). Lammerts’ British agent suggested dedicating the rose to Queen Elizabeth.