Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Rosa, Tea Rose Penelope 1906

Australian Tea Rose Penelope 1906

This is one of the warm climate roses bred and developed in Queensland by Welsh born gardener and nursery proprietor John Williams (1858-1928) It is one of the ever blooming tea roses which can change colour depending on the temperature ,this one flushing a strawberry pink as the weather cools down. Williams commenced the Broadwater Nursery at Mt Gravatt in Brisbane in 1896 specialising in citrus and roses. His other famous rose is 'Star of Queensland' which seems to have vanished from cultivation.
2017 update: I no longer have this rose but would love to get it again.

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