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Harkness, U.K., 2007
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Rosa 'Belmonte' (syn. 'HARpearl') is a robust pearly blush floribunda rose, with medium scent, created by Robert Harkness of Harkness Roses at Hitchin, Hertfordshire. It was introduced at the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show by the English television gardener Alan Titchmarsh in 2007. Its name is in honour of Her Excellency Donna Francesca Elbrick di Belmonte, daughter of the Prince and Princess of Belmonte, to mark the occasion of her marriage to Tristan Elbrick, the grandson of Ambassador Charles Elbrick. At the request of the Donna Francesca, proceeds from the sale of Rosa Belmonte are donated to support the work of the charity The Prince's Trust.
'Belmonte' has dark green glossy foliage and forms shrubs with up to 100 cm height and 70 cm width. Its double flowers with up to 30 petals have an average diameter of 10 cm. They appear in clusters of three to seven flowers throughout the season. Their perfume is described as fruity with citrus undertones. The cultivar is very disease-tolerant, and can grow without regular fungicide spraying.
The parentage of Rosa 'Belmonte' is:('Dr Darley' (f) (Red Planet x (Carina x Pascali))
x('Pretty Lady' (m) (seedling x (R. davidii elongata x seedling)) x ((Troika x Alpine Sunset) x Freedom)
Rosa 'Belmonte' Wikipedia
Rosa 'Belmonte' was a Gold Standard Award Winner in 2009. The Gold Standard is a rose award granted in the Gold Standard Trials, conducted by the British Association of Rose Breeders (BARB) and the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB). A fee is paid for each submitted variety, which is then tested and judged throughout a two year trial period. The first trials took place between 2006 (with roses planted in 2004 and judged during 2005 and 2006).