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All about Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth buds

Queen Elizabeth came home with me last summer. I found her on the discount shelf at Loews. Actually, I found a pair of Queen Elizabeth roses.

This solid pink rose was created in the United States in 1954. Second only to the “Peace” rose, Queen Elizabeth is the second most popular rose ever.

Queen Elizabeth was the first grandiflora rose whose flowers bloom singly on one stem, similar to hybrid tea roses. Grandiflora class represents the first true melding of hybrid tea and floribunda characteristics. From its hybrid tea parent the grandiflora inherits flower form and long cutting stems; from the floribunda side come increased hardiness and prolific, clustered blooms. Most grandiflora roses, although not all, are taller than either hybrid teas or floribundas.

The Queen in full bloom and fragrance.

Bred in the United States and introduced in 1954, ‘Queen Elizabeth’ was the first grandiflora rose introduced. The award-winning, pink-flowered cultivar is probably the second most popular rose of this century, after ‘Peace.’

Queen Elizabeth is truly royalty in the rose world. First of its class, known for its clear pink, double bloom, 4′ – 5’+, exhibition rose, AARS 1955, Portland gold medal 1954, ARS gold medal 1957, Golden Rose of The Hague 1968, World’s Favorite Rose 1979.

My Queen Elizabeth roses are planted in large platic containers. It’s not the most attractive planting, but it allowed me to remove them from their root-bound nursery containers. Once I find the perfect permanent home, they will be transplanted a final time.


Queen Elizabeth in the last days of bloom. Petals are rippled and pale.

So far, they have not had and insect or disease problems. Earlier, I neglected my pruning duties, so they are rather unwieldy in full bloom. Perhaps when the flowering stops, I’ll do a little pruning.

These clear pink blooms may be the perfect addition to your landscape. I found them by accident. But, now that I know how elegant thse blooms are, I am tempted to buy more.

GBBD May 15, 2011

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

To visit other Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day participants, visit our host Carol at May Dreams Garden.

I have many flowers this May. Thank you for coming by. We would have tea in the garden but it’s a bit too cool and breazy.

Yellow herb. I don’t remember what it is. I grew it from seed. this is the second year it’s come up, but the first time to bloom. It reminds me of a bad hair hair day.

Little Women Story Book rose.

Nepeta or cat mint









Dick Clark rose

Dick Clark is planted in the bed that surounds the patio. Plant this rose close by becaus you will want to see all colors. No two roses are alike. But they all have a delightful cinnamon fragrance.

Queen Elizabeth rose

I have two Queen Elizabeth roses, planted in large containers. They are so lovely, I have not decided on a permanant home for them. When I bought these roses, they were in the discount table at Lowes, reduced for qick sale. The queens were  happy to get a little food, water, and a  place to stretch their roots.

Japenese Red Maple











Did I mention all the rain we’ve been having in southeat Missouri? Yes, I’m tired of it too.

A yellow rose that came home without a label.


I do not know what kind of rose this is, It has been planted in my circle garden for about 4 years. It has that great old fashioned rose fragrance. There are lots of bright yellow blooms that fade to a soft yellow.  It has the most thorns of any rose I have.










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