A Rose A Day: Reine des Violette

Reine des Violette is a lovely Hybrid Perpetual that dates back to 1860. Hybrid Perpetuals  were developed as hardy garden plants between 1840 and 1900, by crossing the Portland, Bourbon and Gallica roses and were mostly used as cut flowers in the days before hybrid teas.

The “Queen of Violettes” has double, quartered blooms that are amazingly fragrant. This year in my garden she started out deep pink and faded to  purple.  The color is so intense that it is hard to capture … especially when all you use is your iPhone! :)

I have 3 of these roses and find them oh so charming! The have that wild, old rose growth habit and multi-petaled, quartered blooms that I just love!

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This year she is giving me a run for my money with Black Spot and Powdery Mildew. Just a little to damp out for her! Hey it’s been a little to damp out for me too! We’ll get through it.

About Teresa / TheGardenDiary.com

I know that to everything there is a season, but I’m a gardener and I start counting the days until spring the day after Christmas. Gardeners, we are in good company ... Genesis 2:8. I love roses and get completely giddy when it is time for my historical roses to bloom in early June. I live and grow in Zone 5b where I take care of my 175+ roses and their companions. I also co host the Rose Chat Podcast. Check us out @ rosechatpodcast.com. Follow my garden experiences @ http://thegardendiary.com.
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5 Responses to A Rose A Day: Reine des Violette

  1. Now if this were only in yellow! ;-)

  2. Greg says:

    Great one….. Enjoyed… Xoxo

    Greg Byington Sent from my iPad

  3. Wow! that’s pretty.

  4. sue turner says:

    I have two plants of RRV in my garden. The first turned out to have very stunted misshapen flowers,so I bought another ,put it in a totally different area of garden.This too is the same.I have been growing roses for many years and have over 80 variety s ,but I have never come across this before. Any ideas..Thanks Sue

    • I can’t imagine why there would be so much difference. Might take a picture and send to the company you bought them from. One of the first things I do when there is a problem it to take a picture and then try cutting them back so they can restart. With a once blooming rose you might not get resolution until next spring. Sorry! Good luck.

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