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.