Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Rosa 'Mountbatten'

I have been an avid fan of roses all of my gardening life. Whilst a member of the RNRS for many years I exhibited at various shows and saw some superb blooms. The only one that has always left me cold is 'Blue Moon', which, instead of being that elusive true blue is in fact a sort of washed out purple/grey...yeuch! Whilst some of my favourites are the gallicas and bourbons, my one time winner is Rosa 'Mountbatten'. Good, strong yellow flowers with a lovely scent. At between 3 to 4 feet, a tall floribunda, but with sturdy growth. The foliage is dark and glossy, and very disease resistant. It was introduced by Harkness Roses in 1982 and won the first ever Rose of the Year Award, a fitting tribute to Earl Mountbatten who was tragically killed by the IRA in 1979.

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