For me, one of the loveliest features of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is The Festival Of Roses Marquee, where new roses are launched and displayed alongside historic roses and more modern favourites. The scent inside The Festival Of Roses Marquee is divine, it’s filled with the sweetest, most delicious, tea rose fragrance which surrounds each visitor to this very special marquee.
Rose Of The Year 2016
New rose varieties from UK and International breeders that are entered into The Rose Of The Year Competition are trialled over a two year period, six years prior to the rose’s commercial release. The contenders are all grown in a diverse range of locations, with differing soil and growing conditions. The health of the roses, their ease of maintenance, their form, colour, scent and the amount of flowers they produce, are all characteristics that are evaluated by the Judges when they select their rose of the year.
Rosa ‘Sunny Sky’ (Koraruli) was announced as The Rose Of The Year 2016. This special golden yellow, hybrid tea rose was bred by W. Kordes of Germany and introduced by Mattocks Roses and Roses UK on behalf of the British rose trade. Rosa ‘Sunny Sky’ forms a strong plant, with disease resistant foliage, it repeat flowers throughout the summer, producing large soft yellow flowers with a fruity fragrance. Rosa ‘Sunny Sky’ grows to 1m (3.5ft) in height and spreads to 50cm (20″), this special new rose will be available as bare root plants from autumn 2015.
Rosa ‘Moorcroft’ is a new rose, bred by Maurice Guest and named for the famous pottery. Rosa ‘Moorcroft’ is a deep violet-pink, single flowered rose, ideal for attracting bees and pollinating insects to the garden; this lovely rose flowers from May until November each year. Moorcroft Pottery have immortalised this charming rose in an exclusive, limited edition production of 50 special vases, designed by Kerry Goodwin for Moorcroft. Moorcroft Pottery gave the first vase they produced to Maurice Guest, to thank him for breeding this beautiful new floribunda rose, that was named especially for their company.
Rosa ‘Lynda Bellingham’
Many new roses are launched at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, one new rose, bred by Harkness Roses was named in memory of the actress Lynda Bellingham. Rosa ‘Lynda Bellingham’ is a compact rose, with large, warm apricot, coloured flowers and a spicy fragrance. Lynda Bellingham’s husband, Michael Pattemore, was presented with this special new rose, by Philip Harkness from Harkness Roses. Michael thanked Philip, he told the gathered audience that Lynda would have been over the moon. Michael felt that Lynda would have loved the rose, which was named in her honour, and informed the audience that he would take the rose down to Lynda’s grave the following day. Michael posed for photographs with Maureen Lipman and Lynda’s son, Robert, as they launched Rosa ‘Lynda Bellingham’ at The Festival of Roses, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015.
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