Prince Charles pays tribute to father Prince Philip
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To mark the Queen’s official birthday today, the Daily Express is to give away 100 roses named after her late husband. David White, managing director of Harkness Roses, of Hitchin, Hertfordshire, said the plant is “easy to grow for any gardener”.
Combining knowledge and passion, its first seeds were planted almost nine years ago.
Breeders combine pollen of one rose and seeds of another to create a fresh variety.
Trials often last six or seven years but the Duke of Edinburgh Rose, which combines the red and white of royal roses, took almost nine to perfect.
About 50,000 seeds will be produced annually. Mr White said it flowers in May and continues to the first frost.
He added: “It is one of the best roses we have produced. It performs really well.”
The Queen was presented with the rose at Windsor Castle gardens to mark what would have been the Duke’s 100th birthday on Thursday.
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