Meet ‘Princess Alexandra of Kent’, a deep pink beauty growing happily in our container garden. When this rose was in her full flush last June, every day I oohed and awed and how lovely (and huge!) the blossoms were and was quite pleased with it’s disease resistance–not a speck on those leaves. But then midgegate happened, and one day I had to prune all the new growing tips and buds off of Princes Alexandra and I think that’s the one that moved me most to tears, to be truthful. All those beautiful buds! When the pruning was done, I think it went into some kind of shock because almost overnight the leaves became very blackspot ridden and dropped off completely so all that was left were sad little canes. Yet, as I type this in mid-August, the leaves are returning, look very healthy, and there are a couple of new buds on there that the midge missed–I hope to have a few more blossoms this autumn. A beautiful rose!