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Easy Going

Easy Going, Memorial Day and Tropicana
MAGiCal Roses For July and August, 2012
by Lydia Truce, Consulting 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.

‘Easy Going’

As the name implies, this floribunda is also easy to love. Golden-yellow with apricot shading, moderate honey fragrance and up to 30 petals. Very disease resistant and very blackspot resistant. Tender new spring growth may need some protection from hard freezes which fortunately for us is not a problem. Loves to re-bloom as long as one continues to dead head spent blooms. ARS garden rating is 8.0.

Memorial Day

‘Memorial Day’

Voila! My very first attempt to show a rose was last May and this rose won a blue tag, first place. How lucky can that be? ‘Memorial Day’ expertly represents the most popular class of modern rose - hybrid tea. It is medium-tall, upright and quite bushy. The flowers start out pink and becomes lavender as the 50+ petals gracefully open up. Its long cutting stems are ideal for bringing indoors and the classic, strong damask rose fragrance will enhance any table in your living room. ARS has given it a garden rating of 7.7 and it is quite disease resistant.

‘Tropicana’

A new addition to my garden, I just love the orange to orange-red color with salmon pink undertones of this hybrid tea. Also known in Europe as ‘Super Star’, the strong, fruity fragrance of the 30-35 large 5” petals convinced me to bring this home from Regan Nursery last September. This rose makes excellent cut flower for its long stems and nice pointed blooms. Unfortunately, great care should be taken as it is susceptible to mildew. So, avoid watering the leaves at night – early morning is fine. ARS garden rating is 7.6.

The photos of ‘Easy Going’ and ’Memorial Day’ are by Gail Trimble.

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