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Brigadoon is described in the catalogues as a pink blend Hybrid Tea.  I can’t remember the impetus for buying Brigadoon but the description ‘pink blend’ would have aroused my interest.

The colour is, officially, described as cream pink with coral pink and rose pink towards the petal edges.  With such a description, I planted mine in my pink bed.  It screamed at the other roses.  So I moved it into my apricot bed – it doesn’t really fit in there, either.  Oh! well, I am not moving it again.   I think the best description is coral and, to be honest, I don’t like it.

Not that it is not a beautiful rose – it is.  It is just not my colour.

According to Roger Mann in Roses, Brigadoon ….  is one of those roses whose colour is intensified by the sun, so that the young flower shades from coral pink on the outer petals  to almost white with just a hint of coral in the centre; as it ages the coral spreads, leaving just the bases of the petal white.  The effect can be a little gaudy and uneven in high summer, but in autumn the blend of colours is very beautiful.

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I haven’t noticed all that action.

What I have noticed, which none of the books mention, is that the flowers get severely sunburnt in the Western Australian summer.  My bush is a prolific bloomer throughout the whole season but it is only in spring and autumn that you get to see the flowers at their best.  In summer, they are all sunburnt.  Because of this, I would normally suggest Brigadoon may be more suited to cooler climates but mine is also susceptible to black spot in spring and autumn so this could be a real problem in a cool, moist environment.  I have also read that it may die back after a hard winter.  That makes Brigadoon a perfect rose for those lucky enough to have mild summers and mild winters:)

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The flowers have up to 40 petals which form a tight coil in the heart of the flower.  The petals slowly reflex to show a spiral centre.  The flowers are massive and shapely enough for exhibition, although the stems are not particularly long.

Brigadoon is an extremely popular rose.  It is one of those that appears in all my books.  It won an All-American Rose Selection (AARS) Award in 1992.  This rose is popular for the very reason I don’t go for it, its colour.  Each to their own.

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Brigadoon was introduced by Warriner (USA) in 1991.


4 thoughts on “Brigadoon

  1. Apparently, there is no end to the amount of roses you own! I suggest you consider creating a rose garden for the public and charge admission. They are quite beautiful and deserve a wider audience.

    Relatedly (but not much) Brigadoon brings back fond memories of my childhood – I’d go to the 10 cent movies every Saturday, always with my male peers – one Saturday they told me they had decided not to go because they were showing one of those girly movies with music (Brigadoon) – I went alone. And I loved it! Maybe it was my introduction to the world of music beyond kid stuff.

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