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Alexander

Alexander
Rose of the Month For May, 2006
by Barbara Picarelli

I recently received a gift certificate for two roses from Vintage Gardens in Sebastopol. The dilemma of what to choose is sort of like writing this article. Thereís ONLY 40,000 roses out there to chose from, so what to do? Well, I drag out my multiple rose books and then end up reading them for hours on end and donít get this done! So on to the rose of the month.

Iím going to introduce you to a most unusual rose, named ĎAlexanderí. I do have this rose and would like to get Vintage Gardens, and Gregg Lowery to propagate another one for me. Itís a stunning bright luminous orange! Hybridized by Jack Harkness in1972, it was named after his WWII commanding officer in the North African campaign. ĎTropicanaí, ĎAnn Elizabethí and ĎAll Goldí are the parenting units. Itís quite vigorous and grows fairly tall, with large double flowers of 25 petals on long stems but sometimes oddly enough in clusters. The foliage is glossy and bright green. Iíve been lucky not to have much disease on this bush.

Apparently Iím not the only one who likes this rose, as itís received the Hamburg Gold Medal 1973, Belfast Gold Medal in 1974, Anerkannte Deutsche Rose 1974, Royal National Rose Society James Mason Medal 1987, and the Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit 1993.

Photo of Alexander courtesy of The Country Garden Plant Centre

Previous Roses of the Month:

April, 2006
Marquise Bocella

March, 2006
Gold Medal

February, 2006
Sophy's Rose

January, 2006
Sombreuil

October & November, 2005
Rhonda

September, 2005
Georgia

August, 2005
Yvonne Rabier

July, 2005
The McCartney Rose

June, 2005
Rosette Delizy

May, 2005
The Green Rose

April, 2005
St. Patrick

March, 2005
R. rugosa

February, 2005
Baronne Prevost

January, 2005
Fortunes Double Yellow

November, 2004
Iceberg

October, 2004
Touch of Class, Tournament of Roses, and Taboo

September, 2004
All That Jazz

August, 2004
Peace

July, 2004
Betty Prior

June, 2004
Gertrude Jekyll

May, 2004
Sally Holmes

April, 2004
Double Delight

March, 2004
Gartendirecktor Otto Linne

February, 2004
Little Artist

January, 2004
Complicata

November, 2003
Penelope

October, 2003
Westerland

September, 2003
Elina


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