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ROSE CARE FOR JUNE
SELECTING ROSES
by Rozell Overmire and Janet Tigue

How many of you use your 2016 American Rose Society Handbook “Selecting Roses” when you buy a new rose? It reviews 3,000 rose varieties! This year Janet Tigue, a Marin Rose Member, sent a modified list to help you. It comes from “Roses Without Chemicals”. These roses are chosen for their strong fragrance as well as disease resistance. All but the last three are listed in the ARS Handbook. As you know the Handbook uses a key to tell you rose type, color, size (petal count), date introduced or registered and rating of garden performance (for example: 8.3-8.7 is a very good to excellent rose, below 6.0 is not recommended). The Handbook also has several pages to explain the classification of roses into three groups: Species (Wild Roses), Old Garden Roses (existing before 1867), and Modern Roses (after 1867). Under each group you will find the classes of roses, for example: Hybrid Tea (Modern Rose variety). There are 19 roses listed below to make your choices easier.

Awakening, LCL (Large Flowered Climber), light pink, full, 1935 (registered 1992), 8.1
Beverly, HT (Hybrid Tea), pink blend, full, 2008, 7.8
Blush Noisette, N (Noisette), white, before 1817, 8.4
Dark Desire - see Grafin Diana, HT, mauve, full, 2012, + (ie. being tested, feedback welcomed)
Darlow’s Enigma, HMsk (Hybrid Multiflora), white, single, 1995, 8.4
First Crush, F (Floribunda), light pink, full, 2014
Francis Meilland, HT, light pink, very full, 2013, 7.6
KOSMOS, F, white, full, 2007, % (ie. insufficient reports to rate)
New Dawn, LCL, light pink, 35-40 petals, 1930, 8.4
Quietness, S (Shrub), light pink, very full, 2003, 8.3
Savannah, HT, orange blend, very full, 2014
Souvenir de Baden-Baden, HT, medium pink, double, 2013
Summer Romance, F, medium pink, very full, 2014, + Therese Bugnet, HRg (Hybrid Rigosa), medium pink, 35 petals, 1950, 8.3
Wedding Bells, HT, pink blend, full, 2010, 7.6
Zaide, S, medium pink, full, 2007
Cinderella, S, pink
Marie Louise Marjan, HT, cream white
Poseidon, F, lavender


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