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MAGiCal Roses For June, 2012
by Vivien Bronshvag, 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.
This rose is such a “fully double” petaled blossom that on first glance, an observer would think he is seeing a peony! The large flowers have somewhat ruffled petals and are a deep pink (almost, but not quite red) which holds its color well for the lifetime of the blossom. But beauty isn’t everything. This rose is FRAGRANT. I can smell it! Usually, I have a somewhat stuffed sinus condition known as a “Chicago nose” which is where I hail from. I am unable to smell most things. So when I can smell a rose blossom, I get very excited. And ‘Yves Piaget’ has a most lovely fragrance.
‘Yves Piaget’ is medium sized and repeat blooming throughout the season. In warm, dry climates it resists disease but may be prone to black spot in cool, damp weather. It is healthy at our garden and gets a rating of 7.9 from the American Rose Society.
‘Heirloom’ has deep green leaves and blooms repeatedly throughout summer and autumn. It is said to have a strong, sweet fragrance but this is harder for me to detect. For the flower’s color and durability it is worth having in the garden although ours had some black spot when I observed it last. Its ARS rating is 7.2.
This is another fully double rose, not as full as ‘Yves Piaget’ nor quite as fragrant. It does have a rose and fruit scent. The well centered buds remind me of pinwheels as they open surrounded by dark green leaves. Blossom sizes are best in cool spring and fall, usually three inches in diameter. Since this is a relatively new rose from 2009, the ARS has tentatively rated this to be 7.6.
The photos of ‘Yves Piaget’ and ’Heirloom’ are by Gail Trimble. The photo of ’Rock & Roll’ is by Nanette Londeree.
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