Harkness Roses' Queen Elizabeth rose is being rationed to a shelf of 21 per garden centre and Harkness' Dave Andrews says the rose will sell out this week ahead of the Queen's funeral on 19 September.
Andrews said the Queen's unexpected death meant there are not large stocks of the rose available but that 1,000 are now available. Another commemorative rose will be launched next year. "Garden centres are ringing asking 'do you have anything. We're limiting availability so all our garden centre customers can have some - some wanted a full trolley. It will sell out."
Queen's plants include an Acer campestre 'Elizabeth' and many more over her 70 year reign including Rhododendron Queen Elizabeth II (1969 Crown Estate), Clematis 'Elizabeth' (Jackman's 1953), Camellia 'Her Majesty QEII'm Dendrobium 'Queen Elizabeth II', Rosa 'The Queen Elizabeth' (US-bred 1954), Rosa 'Jubilee Celebration' (David Austin 2022), and Lilium 'Queen Elizabeth'.
Queen's Canopy planting is also set to take off as a memorial to the Queen, suggested growers such as Provender's Richard McKenna.
Following the death of the Queen, and the wishes of patron, King Charles, the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative will be extended to the end of March 2023 to give people the opportunity to plant trees in memoriam to honour Her Majesty.
"As a nationwide initiative created to mark the Platinum Jubilee, the QGC was due to conclude at the end of the Jubilee year in December. As the official tree planting season in the UK is from October to March, the initiative will now be extended to include the full tree planting season, beginning in October and ending in March 2023.
The QGC saw a million trees planted in Her Majesty’s name across the UK during the first planting season. "The extension of the QGC initiative will build on this legacy and serve as a lasting tribute to Her Majesty’s extraordinary service to her country and her people."
Alongside the inspiring floral tributes being left outside Royal Palaces, people can also gift a tree to honour the Queen, with trees to be planted in schools and deprived urban areas across the UK.
David Domoney, who is working with Harkness, has been on ITV’s This Morning talking about his experiences with The Queen.
He talks of his memories here: https://www.daviddomoney.com/my-memories-of-queen-elizabeth-ii/