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ROSE CARE FOR APRIL
SOME ROSES TO CONSIDER FOR YOUR GARDEN IN 2016
by Frank Treadway, Consulting Rosarian

Ping Lim and Christian Beddard are two of the top rose hybridizers to be found anywhere. They conduct separate breeding programs attempting to create new varieties of roses that are beautiful, disease resistant, and unique. Both are highly successful experts in the rose world and we were very pleased to have them as speakers at the NCNH Fall Conference the Marin Rose Society hosted October 2014.

It can take ten years to see a success in a breeding program. Roses are hermaphroditic and one must cross the female part and male part. Some are sterile. For the rose 'Doris Day' the male part is used. Often the worst parent gives the most seeds but the offspring can be ugly! The breeders must study the results for the long term with generations F1 F2 F3 and so on. If the resulting hybrid tea is not disease resistant, then one must destroy it and continue the search for the right outcome. With roses in the program it is important to remove the anthers so the flower does not self-pollinate.

Here are comments on recent varieties they developed. Last year 'Sugar Moon' had its debut. 'Good As Gold' is a new yellow HT like 'Gold Medal' but it fades in color. 'Happy Go Lucky' is a cross with 'Strike It Rich' , disease resistant, an early bloomer, vigorous and similar to an Austin rose about 5’ high and 3’ wide. 'Loretta Scott King' is a GF rose with coral orange color, upright, vigorous and a fine cutting rose.

'You’re The One' is a large Mini on its own root producing nice buds. 'Jump For Joy' is a floribunda of peachy salmon color, lots of flowers and similar to an Austin in form. 'Take It Easy' is a new shrub from 'Double Knockout', very red, disease resistant, with blooms in the spring and fall. 'Above All' is a new climber that is highly disease resistant, orange apricot in color, and will grow 6 to 8 feet high and wide in one year! 'Doris Day' is a new floribunda with big flowers, large clusters, fruity fragrance and similar to 'Sparkle & Shine'. New this year is the 'Neil Diamond' HT rose. It has stripes of red and white, a strong sweet fragrance, good for cutting with long stems. A cross between 'Della Reese' x 'Rock & Roll', it grows 5 to 6’ high, has 60 petals, but can have some downy mildew. 'Top of the World' is a mini climber with a huge number of blooms and pointed buds. 'Anna’s Promise' is a grandiflora from 'About Face', large blooms, dark green foliage, vigorous, fruity fragrance. The color shows golden petals with pink reverse.

Ping Lim mentioned new roses of note including 'Maid Marion', 'The Lady Gardener', 'Thomas a Bechet', 'Raspberry Kiss', 'Best Kept Secret', 'Peachy Keen', 'Icecap', 'Margret Mae', the highly fragrant 'Dark Desire', 'Summer Romance Parfuma', 'Savanah', 'Plum Perfect', 'Fire Opal'. Again breeders are selecting rose varieties that are disease resistant, fragrant, good form, unique color qualities, with vigorous growth. It takes a vast amount of patience and persistence to come up with a top new rose. They look ten years out before bringing a new variety to the commercial market. We thank them for their talent and lifelong pursuit. Introduction of new varieties of roses brings us excitement, renews our considering our gardens in terms of diversity, coloration, and fragrance. It is spring time, so buy some new roses!

Resource: Talks given by Ping Lim and Christian Beddard at the NCNH District Fall Conference October, 2014


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