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An unusual old shrub rose that has been referred to as “One of the loveliest roses ever bred”.
Not to everyone’s liking as it is a single rose and a little different. It has large flowers of silvery pink with pronounced wine coloured stamens. The blooms are often 3ins across and are produced in loose clusters or sometimes singly. The petals are quite distinct as they have wavy ragged edges which give it a somewhat untidy appearance, although very lovely. A stunning sight in full bloom and the blooms repeat well all summer.

A vigorous healthy rose with strong deep green leathery foliage and excellent disease resistance.
Deliciously fragrant and makes a great cut flower.
It is quite a hungry rose so feed at least twice a year to get the best results. It can cope with poor soil but is always best in full sun.
Today it is known as a Shrub rose but it was an accepted practice in 1925 to call all large Five petalled roses Hybrid Teas, so many lists still refer to it as an HT.

Bred in the UK by William Archer & Daughter who named the rose after his wife. 

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