Gold Medal is this season’s first Rose of the Week.
Gold Medal is a very popular yellow rose, especially in warm climates.
The blooms are a deep yellow, sometimes streaked with orange or light red on the outer petals (as is mine). James Young, in his book, Classic Roses for Australian Gardens, advises the hotter the weather the deeper the colour of the bloom, which is interesting as my flower is a beautiful deep yellow, tinged with copper and it is not particularly warm. It will be interesting to see its colour in the peak of summer. The blooms don’t fade, but in hot weather, a flush of pink can develop as the flower ages.
In warm climates, Gold Medal flowers continuously from spring to early winter.
Gold Medal’s blooms appear on almost thornless stems and have a pleasing, light, fruity fragrance. The blooms are perfect for cutting.
Roger Mann, in his book, Roses A Practical Guide to over 300 Roses for Australia and New Zealand, lists Gold Medal in his top eight Hybrid Tea roses for exhibition. Very high praise, indeed.
What I like most about Gold Medal is its beautiful long pointed spiralled buds. They are just delightful.
The foliage is dark green and abundant on a tall, upright vigorous shrub.
Gold Medal was raised by Jack Christensen, USA. It was introduced in 1982.
That top picture is stunning. What a beautiful rose!
A very aptly named rose! So beautiful, thank you for a ray of gold sunshine on what is a grey drizzly day here !
Yes very aptly named considering all the gold medals it has won.
Our roses are just beginning to fade so I shall have to get my rose fix via your blog – pity you can’t transport the smell too.
Hi Anne. I will do my best, but I think you are right. A description of the fragrance is not the same as the real thing, is it?
Gorgeous. I wonder how it would like the humidity of SE QLAND? I only have one rose bush, a white iceberg, which is doing ok here. It needs a friend.
Ooo … I don’t know about humidity. It is pretty dry here.
hi glenda and maureen. what a superb rose, congrats on growing this beauty. I do miss mine, however neighbour has planted 6 and ask me to do the chores, eg pruning, deadheading etc.
regards gerrie & joan
Hi Gerrie, thanks for commenting. I remember your roses being particularly beautiful. I am sure those 6 will be well cared for.
Gorgeous! I’ve missed your roses, how nice that they’re flowering again!
Hi Celia. Spring is in the air …
Lovely rose…thanks for sharing it. I’ll have to read up more on this one to see if it would work in my area.
Hi Glenda, all the books seem to suggest the need for a warm climate. If you have that, you should be in business.