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An Enchanting Princess.

More "Golden Princess." by Leenechan
More "Golden Princess.", a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

Well..I admit that I wasn't expecting much from this pokey rose. So now that she's produced some gorgeous flowers, I'm enthralled! She looks a bit like the famous hybrid tea rose "Peace" but as far as I know she doesn't have any "Peace" in her breeding ("Iobelle" does). One of her parents is "Hawkeye Belle," a Buck rose I'd give my left kidney for. I don't know how these flowers would hold up on a hot summer day. On a cloudy day they're nearly perfect!

On a sad note...I think that "Charles de Mills" might be dead. I don't know what to say...NR told me that the band was undersized, but I didn't expect it to be diseased. I guess I can't complain because I got it for 50% off and CdM is notoriously susceptible to powdery mildew. Still, it's a shame.

On the lighter side, "Evelyn" has become a terrifying monster of a rose, with several canes as long as my arm. I wasn't expecting that at all from a rose that's considered a slow grower. She has one bud ready to go. I wish she had more, but she seems to be more interested in shooting out "Aptos"-like canes!

AUSjo has a good-looking bud, and appears to be having a petite revival. Funny how "Scepter'd Isle" is still the more lazy of our Austin roses. It has the highest ARS rating!