The Original Belinda Roses?:
Many people associate the name Belinda with a single rose, but in reality there are a number of roses that all share the common name. More than one are simply offspring of another, however all are unique in their own way. The oldest rose Belinda that we have been able to find was bred by John Bentall in 1936 in the United Kingdom. For those of you who may not be familiar with the name, John Bentall was the gardener of Joseph and Florence Pemberton starting in 1920. He was Pemberton's assistant for many years and ultimately became his beneficiary and successor.
John and his wife Ann went on to create a number of stunning roses including Autumn Delight, Lady Gay, Paul Crampel, and The Fairy. The Belinda roses that they created are no less stunning than any of the others. The true parentage of this rose appears to be unknown however this hybrid musk shrub rose is truly a stunner no matter where you put it. This variety sports blooms in a medium pink shade that contain about 10-15 petals each. Overall this Belinda will grow to about 4 to 6 feet tall and will have a similar spread. This beauty is a repeat bloomer and will add color and fragrance to your garden throughout the entire season. This rose Belinda is hardy in zones 6 through 10.
Floribunda Belinda Roses (TANbeedee):
TANbeedee is the registration name of the reddish orange floribunda rose Belinda, however that name frequently is used in text to identify the pink varieties as well. This fiery red rose was bred in Germany in 1971 by Mathias Tantau Jr who lived to the ripe old age of 94. Mathias began his breeding career at his parent's nursery where he learned the trade and then took over operation of the nursery when his father passed away in 1953. He ultimately sold the nursery in 1985 to a long time friend and employee, Hans-Jurgen Evers, who many know went on to create his own fame and reputation as a rose breeder.
The floribunda Belinda Roses are amazing plants whose blooms start off a deep orangish red in the centers and fading to a pale red on the edges. Their strong fragrance is in keeping with the "Belinda" line of roses and this variety also blooms repeatedly throughout the season.
The Most Popular Belinda Roses:
Popularity is of course a subjective matter, however whenever you hear or read about the rose Belinda, you almost always find talking about the popular Belinda's Dream rose, or sometimes called Belinda's Rose. This rose is commercially available and was bred by Dr Robert Basye in the United Stated in 1988. It was created by crossing the Tiffany hybrid tea rose with the Jersey Beauty. The result is a truly amazing pink rose that not only has a very high resistance to diseases, but it is also very tolerant of hot temperatures.
The blooms on these Belinda roses are ample size and extremely full, carrying up to 100 petals on an average 4 inch diameter bloom. The fragrance on this rose Belinda is a fruity scent, not unlike raspberries. This variety is frequently grown for cut flower arrangements just for that sweet scent it produces, however it is equally at home in any landscape or garden. Like the other Belindas, this rose likes to keep blooming and if you keep up with it, you will be pleased to see new flushes blooming all throughout the growing season.
Other Varieties of Belinda Roses:
Other varieties of the rose Belinda exist but are not as well known, nor is much information available on them. One such variety is the Pretty Belinda that was produced by Hans Jurgen Evers in 2004. It was first introduced in Germany later that same year by Tantau Roses. The Pretty Belinda has a subtle apricot color in the center but fades out to a light pink at the edges. It is hardy in zones 6 through 9 but the parentage of this particular rose is not known.
There is also a Red Belinda as well that looks much like the original 1936 variety only the blooms are much larger and have a deeper pink that looks almost red. Little is known about this variety other than it is also a hybrid musk rose with a strong fragrance and it too can be grown in zones 6 through 10 and will bloom repeatedly throughout the season.
For those of you who are looking for Yellow Belinda roses, keep your eyes open for the Vanessa Belinda which is a bushy rose that produces 3 inch to 3.5 inch roses in clusters. This rose was created in 1993 by Tony "AJ" Bracegirdle from the United Kingdom. The Vanessa Belinda also goes by its registration name BRAndyglow.
One last variety of the rose Belinda is the TANyellda rose, or Yellow Belinda. The discovery of this rose is credited to Mathias Tantau Jr and is said to be a sport of the other Belinda, TANbeedee. It is a floribunda rose that produces deep yellow blooms throughout the growing season.
Growing Belinda Roses:
The growing requirements for any of these Belindas are much the same. Give them a location that receives ample sun light, at least 6 to 8 hours a day. You also should make sure that the spot you pick out for rose Belinda has well drained soil. One good tip for planting roses in general is when you dig your hole, mix the soil with some organic compost (found at any local garden center) at a ratio of 2 parts soil to 1 part compost. This will help amend just about any type of soil.
You also should make sure that your roses have adequate water, but not too much. Generally speaking one deep watering per week is usually sufficient. You can also give your roses an all-purpose granular fertilizer in early spring, just as the leaves begin to form. This will help get you a jump on the season.
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