It is quite interesting. When I want to find out information about a rose I intend to feature as Rose of the Week, my first port of call is my books. Sometimes, a rose does not feature at all (the reason may be that it is a recent release or it just may be that there are so many rose cultivars, they can’t all feature). At the other end of the spectrum are the roses that feature in every book. Friesia is one such rose.
The astute out there will have noticed that this is the first yellow rose to feature in Rose of the Week. The truth is, I only have one yellow rose. You see, I am not a yellow girl. I have Friesia because it was a gift from Maus’ sister-in-law, Bronwyn.
Friesia is a Floribunda Rose. It goes by the name of “Sunsprite” in America.
Friesia is one of the most popular yellow Floribundas of all time. The well-formed flowers usually come in small clusters and they are a very clear, rich, mid-yellow that holds well. There is a strong, sweet scent and the repeat is reliable. Friesia is an exception to the rule that fragrance in yellow Modern Roses is accompanied by splashes of red.
Friesia’s foliage is dark green, glossy and healthy, and disease resistant which is unusual as yellow roses normally have a tendency to black spot.
The bush is, supposedly, vigorous and bushy. To be honest, my Friesia doesn’t fit this desription. It may be that it is a grafted standard and it is a hard life for a standard rose in the country. Maybe it would be stronger if it was a bush rose.
The flowers drop their petals early which keeps the bush neat but it is not so suitable for picking.
Friesia is, reportedly, one of the very best cluster-flowering yellow roses for Australian gardens. I can’t confirm this because mine is really struggling.
Friesia was introduced by Kordes (Germany) in 1977. It was named after the Danish province famous for its butter.