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Floribunda 2007 2ft-3ft A very beautiful rose with a romantic story behind it.
It was named in honour of Her Excellency Donna Francesca Elbrick di Belmonte, to mark the occasion of her marriage to Tristan Elbrick as a sign of her husband's love. 'Belmonte' is part of Francesca's maiden name, after a village in Calabria, southern Italy. (Who said romance was dead)
The rose was introduced at Chelsea Flower Show, by television gardener Alan Titchmarsh MBE DL
At the request of the Donna Francesca, proceeds from the sale of Rosa Belmonte are donated to support the work of the charity The Prince's Trust.)
This beautiful rose produces masses of pale pearl pink blooms in trusses throughout the season, with the bonus of a fruity fragrance with citrus undertones.
It is a bedding rose par excellence which is easy to look after and has great disease resistant.
A lovely rose for cutting.
GOLD STANDARD AWARD WINNER 2009
ROSA BELMONTE (Harpearl)
Since 2006 a few roses are selected each year for this prestigious award. Based on cumulative information from invited independent judges, the Gold Standard is awarded to worthy varieties.
Health, floriferousness, scent and commercial appeal are all considered key factors in the final choice.
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ROSE NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
NEW ROSE SPECIES DISCOVERED IN CHINA
A new species of multiflora rose bush reaching 30m in length, 5m in width and 5m in height was discovered on Dadu Mountain (??????), Greater Taichung, making it the largest type of multiflora rose bush in the country.
Wu Ching-shu (??????), an ecologist at Dadu Mountain, said earlier this week that he uncovered a new genus of baby rose endemic to Taiwan, during his field studies on the mountain in April last year.
"Following my field studies on the then-largest wild baby rose bush in southern Dadu Mountain, I happened to come across a different genus almost five times larger in size than the one I had observed," Wu said.
Unlike the other native species of Dadu Mountain, the Rosa luciae, the back of the leaves of the new genus, which Wu has provisionally named "Rosa Dadu," appears to be villous, Wu said.
Wu said the Rosa luciae are commonly seen in Greater Taichung, Changhua County and Miaoli County, with the flowers blooming around the beginning of April.
Research shows that there are about 30 bushes of Rosa luciae nationwide, with about 20 on Dadu Mountain, Wu said, but added that the number could be higher.
The new species has grown about 100,000 buds, which would gradually blossom into white flowers with five heart-shaped petals. Its shrubs are entwined around trees and among brushwood, with the blossoms emanating the fragrance of roses and attracting bees, Wu said.
Yang Kuoh-cheng (??????), an associate professor at Providence University’s ecology department, said the villous leaves differentiate the new species from the native genus Rosa Luciae, adding that the name "Rosa Dadu" commemorates the location of its discovery.
A NEW BREED OF ROSE
In related news, National Cheng Kung University said a new species of rose whose petals can change color in sunlight has been cultivated at a rose garden in Changhua County and could offer enormous potential business opportunities.
The new species, which is awaiting verification by the school, was bred by experts at the rose garden two years ago.
University officials said that when the bud starts to open, the edge of the petals gradually turn from light pink to neon pink.
When the flower fully opens, the color becomes much deeper as it is exposed to stronger sunlight, university officials said.
After verification is completed, the university will register the new species with the Council of Agriculture.
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