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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

Peter Beales Roses – More New at Chelsea ‘09

Posted by Graham Rice on 23 May 2009 at 12:51 PM

All the attention on the Peter Beales Roses display has been on his new rose ‘Highgrove' and the Queen's visit to the exhibit on Monday. But he has two other new roses this year and both, perhaps unexpectedly, are Hybrid Teas.

Rose 'Grosvenor House'. Image: ©GardenPhotos.comWith classic Hybrid Tea flowers on a more shrub like plant, ‘Grosvenor House' is rich gold with the flowers paling harmoniously to a much paler, primrose shade at the edges. ‘Grosvenor House' also has three other valuable features. It's neat in growth, just 90cmx90cm/3ftx3ft, so is deal in a small garden, towards the front of a large border, or in a container. It flowers right through the season, which makes it especially valuable in a tub or large pot. And don't forget its wonderful scent.

Like ‘Highgrove', ‘Grosvenor House' was bred by the late Colin Horner, past President of the Royal National Rose Society, whose roses have been on trial with Peter Beales at Attenborough in Norfolk for some years.

‘Grosvenor House' is named to celebrate the complete refurbishment of the Grosvenor House Hotel in its 80th anniversary year.

Rose 'Weavers Way'. Image: ©‘Weavers Way' is also a Hybrid Tea and also unusually short in growth. Reaching just 90cmx60cm/3ftx2ft, the flowers blend salmon and rose pink shades and have a very strong scent. The name is chosen is mark the achievement of Helena Brierley. She walked all 56 miles (90Km) of Norfolk's historic Weavers Way footpath to raise money for Cancer Research while in remission from bowel cancer herself. Sounds to me like she deserves to have a rose to commemorate her effort.

You can order both these roses at the show and also order ‘Grosvenor House' and ‘Weavers Way' on the Peter Beales Roses website.



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