This is one of the few roses that has survived ten years of total neglect by me. One of these days, I’ll have to make a list of which roses I had originally planted and what’s still around. But in any case, I recently saw my old ‘Alexander MacKenzie’ bush blooming strong in competition with unmowed grasses, brush and trees. Not a single spraying, or fertilization… no mulch… no mowing… a small herd of deer and various rodents.
So, I’ve noticed that there are no descendents listed on HelpMeFind and I can’t recall much mention of it here. Is it a difficult breeder? Or is it just overlooked?
Also, in the notes of HelpMefind it mentions:
“Dr. Felicitas Svejda gives the parentage as ‘Queen Elizabeth’ x (‘Red Dawn’ x ‘Suzanne’) x 2 cycles of open pollination”
Does that mean that Svejda planted seed from a seedling of this parentage – ‘Queen Elizabeth’ x (‘Red Dawn’ x ‘Suzanne’) – and then planted seed from the resulting seedling also… and that what finally resulted was ‘Alexander MacKenzie’? So that ‘Queen Elizabeth’ x (‘Red Dawn’ x ‘Suzanne’) is only one grandparent of ‘Alexander Mackenzie’ and that the other 3/4 of its parentage are unknown?