Crown Princess Margareta
I knew when I planted the Austin shrub rose Crown Princess Margareta
that I should expect a large plant. Still, I wasn't quite prepared for
just how large. This plant went in the ground in August 2007. During
the 2008 growing season, the blooms were somewhat undersized and were
not very impressive. Now - in June 2009 - the story is unfolding and
'not impressive' will be out of my vocabulary for this rose.
The blooms this year have been larger, with a deeper color. As I crawl
down under the plant to clean out the old, twiggy growth, I see strong
new canes, indicating that the roots are now happy as can be, deep in
the ground. Based on this strong new growth, this is not a plant I
would want to try to dig out, much less move. From the new top growth,
I suspect roots that are already massive.
Its current size is difficult to estimate as it has pushed into every
plant near it, but I can measure 7 feet of sprawling width, and just
under five feet of height. With the strong new canes, I expect the
height to increase quickly. The sprawl that precedes it seems to be
this plant's way of staking out its territory, moving lesser roses out
of its way.
And the blooms? They are much better this year, larger, more full, more
deeply colored. With the new canes coming now, I expect next year to be
better yet. If this is what it is capable of after less than two years,
this is no Princess. This is a Queen.
Crown Princess Margareta bush, File# D3345
~ Photography and comment from Christine, Reno, NV 2009 ~
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