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Gold Medal

Gold Medal
Rose of the Month For March, 2006
by Barbara Picarelli

This is one of my favorite roses, being a fan of yellow anyway. Hybridized by Christensen in 1982, it has withstood the test of time. Also known by the name ‘Golden Medal’, it has parents of ‘Yellow Prize’ X ‘Shirley Langhorn’, ‘Granada’ X ‘Garden Party’. It won the New Zealand Gold Star of the South Pacific (where it is known as ‘Golden Medal’) in 1983.

Modern Roses calls it a medium yellow, while Bonica’s Roses classifies it as deep yellow. Whatever color you chose it’s a beautiful rose, with large lovely yellow blooms borne on (usually) single stems sometimes streaked with orange or even red, sometimes in cooler weather with a deeper almost orange coloring. The 30-35 petaled flowers are 4.5-5 inches across and of great exhibition form. While there is not a huge fragrance there is some, but I like it simply for the flowers. The bushes are tall, dark upright and have a fairly bushy growth. Foliage is a darker green.

Classified as a grandiflora, my bush tended to be on the short side. I recently obtained two new plants (one from Armstrong and one from Novato Sloats) and they were planted in containers for their first year, so we’ll see how they do size wise. This rose is easily available at most garden centers or nurseries.

Previous Roses of the Month:

February, 2006
Sophy's Rose

January, 2006
Sombreuil

October & November, 2005
Rhonda

September, 2005
Georgia

August, 2005
Yvonne Rabier

July, 2005
The McCartney Rose

June, 2005
Rosette Delizy

May, 2005
The Green Rose

April, 2005
St. Patrick

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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