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Pretty Lady

Pretty Lady and Candy Land
MAGiCal Roses For January, 2012
by Joan Goff, Master Rosarian

Note: A new column this year called MAGiCal roses will be written each month by our Consulting Rosarians. Two or three roses will be highlighted from the over 130 rose bushes in our garden at MAGC (Marin Art and Garden Center). The garden was planted in 2004 with donated roses from Sunnyside Nursery, West End Nursery, Armstrong Nursery and Sloat Garden Nursery. We have added and subtracted roses each year. The garden is organic and no sprays are used.

‘Pretty Lady’

‘Pretty Lady’, a floribunda, is light pink in color, with 25 petals and was introduced in 1997. It has an ARS garden rating of 8.3. The hybridizer is Len Scrivens of Great Britain and the rose was introduced by Warner’s Roses. It has a light fragrance and blooms in flushes throughout the season. The seed parent is Seedling × [‘R. davidii elongate’ x Seedling] and the pollen parent is: [‘Troika’ x ‘Alpine Sunset’] x ‘Freedom’. In 2006 it won Glasgow Best Established Rose in the Glasgow Rose Trials. ’Pretty Lady’ is the parent of 11 roses, including ’Candy Land’ and ‘Gift of Life’.

In the MAGC garden, it does very well and is now a mature rose, standing about 4.5 to 5 feet tall. It is very disease resistant and blooms beautifully throughout the growing year.

Candy Land

‘Candy Land’

‘Candy Land’ is a pink blend large flowered climber (LCL), bred by Tom Carruth and introduced in 2006 by Edmunds Roses. It has beautiful pink and cream stripes and each rose is striped uniquely It has excellent ratings, is very disease resistant and the fragrance is moderate. Its parentage is ‘Rosy Outlook’ x ‘Pretty Lady’. It grows 12 to 15 feet tall.

It has been in the MAGC garden for about 4 seasons and there are two plants on the trellis behind the memorial bench.

Photos by Joan Goff.

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