RHS scores own goal with Rose named for England Football team

The RHS may have scored an own goal in announcing it would launch a Rose named for the England football team at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show shortly before the country's embarrassing exit from the World Cup at the hands of Germany this weekend.

Rosa 'Beafinal' was dedicated to England's national football selection  - image: Peter Beales Roses
Rosa 'Beafinal' was dedicated to England's national football selection - image: Peter Beales Roses

The news that Rosa Team England (‘Beafinal’) would be unveiled at Hampton Court was announced the day before the crucial world cup match with Germany on Sunday (20 June), which saw the country crash to its worst defeat in World Cup history.

Defending the decision to announce the rose shortly before the game, RHS shows director Stephen Bennett said:  "Whether England won or lost this weekend, Rosa Team England was announced to show we were rooting for the team and to celebrate a great English passion.

"Whilst England may be out of the World Cup, the stunning rose will continue to bloom and be a tribute to England football teams for years to come.

"Hampton is the UK’s most glorious event for roses and Rosa Team England is a champion shrub, which we’re sure visitors will love."

Bred by Peter Beales ‘Beafinal’ is a tall, healthy, upright shrub with a medium sized deep red bloom, which has small flecks of white in the centre.

It has good scent and is free flowering and hardy.

Bennett added:  "Peter Beales is one of the best rose growers, regularly being awarded RHS gold medals at our flower shows, the "World Cups" of the gardening world.

Team England is the rose’s trade name, but in 2006 it was given the development name ‘Beafinal.’

A limited release will be available for purchase in 2011 and the RHS will send the FA bare root roses in November.

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