Pink Mystery Rose

Pink rose

Can anyone identify this rose I saw at RHS Rosemoor Garden back in July? It has a shrubby habit and loosely double petals – it’s the ruffled arrangement of the petals that draws my attention as so often with roses. I have no idea whether it repeat flowers.

Pink rose

Another picture from the same spot gives a feel for its habit. It’s not a tall rose – perhaps 3 ft (100 cm) or less. Below you’ll find another part of the jigsaw (or a red herring).

Pink shrub rose

I believe the last two pictures show the same rose in a different part of the garden. If so, from an identification perspective, we can add in the feathery sepals and the way the flower opens out to reveal a cluster of stamens as it matures.

Pink shrub rose

I have posted mystery roses before. One turned out to be Rosa ‘Buff Beauty’, the other (click here to see it) still lacks an identification. It is not a million miles away from this one, which underlines the problem of how we can feel sure which of the many pink roses we’re looking at. The other side of the coin is that when you get used to really looking at roses, their characters seem much more individual than a glance would suggest, so it is very possible that someone will recognise it. If you have any hints for me, please let me know.

Writing this makes me glad that pink roses don’t have a criminal tendency. Imagine the police having to keep putting out the same Wanted description:

Pink rose. Green leaves. Armed with prickles.

46 thoughts on “Pink Mystery Rose

    • susurrus says:

      The mystery seems to have been solved. In many ways the answer (R. ‘Mary Rose’) seems so obvious I’m kicking myself for not recognising it, but the last picture seems untypical compared to the standard publicity shots for the rose. I’m making a mental note to watch out for Mary Roses so I can give their buds and older flowers a closer look.

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