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St Patrick

St. Patrick
Rose of the Month For April, 2005
by Barbara Picarelli

My favorite colors are green and yellow, so what could be a more perfect combination than our Rose of the Month, St Patrick? Although this presentation is a bit late for itís namesakes holiday, still a lovely addition to any garden. Iíve grown this rose for several years and it presents lovely long stemmed blooms, opening its 30-35 petals to a lovely yellowish green in cooler weather, and a more yellow color when itís hot. As a hybrid tea with an unusual coloring, it has an ARS rating of 8.0 and so far Iíve had very little disease on mine. I have it in a pot, so I need to feed it regularly, but it performs nicely giving me many flowers.

Also available under the names of WEKamanda, and Limelight, it was hybridized by Strickland and introduced in 1995, with an AARS award selection in 1996. The chartreuse flowers are fully double and is a favorite for exhibition, with high pointed centers, and clean foliage. The foliage is mid-green and plentiful, and also has long stems, making for a perfect rose for ďQueen of Show.Ē With parents Brandy and Gold Medal, how could a rose like this go wrong?

Photo by Gail Trimble

Previous Roses of the Month:

March, 2005
R. rugosa

February, 2005
Baronne Prevost

January, 2005
Fortunes Double Yellow

November, 2004
Iceberg

October, 2004
Touch of Class, Tournament of Roses, and Taboo

September, 2004
All That Jazz

August, 2004
Peace

July, 2004
Betty Prior

June, 2004
Gertrude Jekyll

May, 2004
Sally Holmes

April, 2004
Double Delight

March, 2004
Gartendirecktor Otto Linne

February, 2004
Little Artist

January, 2004
Complicata

November, 2003
Penelope

October, 2003
Westerland

September, 2003
Elina


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