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PlantFiles: Floribunda Rose
Rosa 'The Soham Rose'

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Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: The Soham Rose
Additional cultivar information: (aka HARfrisky, Pearl Abundance)
Hybridized by Harkness UK; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2006

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Class:
Cluster-flowered (incl. Floribunda & Grandiflora)

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Bloom Color:
White (w)
Apricot and apricot blend (ab)
Light pink (lp)

Bloom Shape:
Double

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Blooms repeatedly

Habit:
Bush

Patent Information:
Patented

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust

Pruning Instructions:
Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral saya On Jun 21, 2012, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

This rose is chosen as a tribute to the Soham school girls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman. The girls went missing on 4 August 2002 after being seen walking near their homes in Soham. Their bodies were found two weeks later in a ditch near Lakenheath, Suffolk. 'The Soham Rose' was unveiled at the 2003 Chelsea Flower Show. The pearl pink flower, grown by Harkness Roses, has been named 'The Soham Rose' after the poem written by Holly's father Kevin in his farewell to his daughter. Both the Wells and Chapman families were offered the blooms to be planted in their gardens in memory of their 10-year-old daughters. The rose has been specially selected by Robert Harkness. The idea came from rose photographer Les Puskas who said: ".. It is a fitting tribute to the girls - a beautiful rose for two beautiful girls." A quarter of the profits from the sale of the rose will go to the Holly and Jessica Memorial Fund.

Soham's Rose
Written and Read by Kevin Wells, Holly's Father

Your right to grow, to mature and play
So cruelly denied, in a sinister way.
Attentive and caring, a parent's delight
But so young at heart, needing comfort at night.

The garden so quiet, the house is too
But pausing for a moment, we can still sense you.
Your trusting nature and desire to please all
Allow us your family to remain walking tall.

Our memories, now shared, with the nation's hearts
Small crumbs of comfort, now it is, time to part.
We will never forget you, heaven's gain, as it knows
Is simply you Holly, our beautiful Soham rose.



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