We are seriously back into the rose season now. Most of my bushes are in bud and quite a few are in full bloom.
This week’s Rose of the Week is the colour I love the best. Pristine is almost white with a gentle, pink flush – just divine.
Although my preference is for the old-fashioned style roses, it is hard to criticise Pristine’s huge, perfect, high-centred, exhibition-style flowers. When I say huge, I mean it. This rose is 15cm across.
The flowers usually grow one per stem, making them perfect for the vase. The only drawback is that in warm weather, they open very quickly. One day they are there, the next day they are gone. At least, the flowers maintain their colour which can be a problem with some roses in the warmer months.
Even though Pristine is described as fragrant, to my mind the fragrance is only light.
The foliage is large, healthy, dark green, with new growth tinged red. The growth is vigorous, disease-resistant, tall and spreading. The only fault I have with this bush is that it is very thorny.
Pristine is a Hybrid Tea rose. It was bred by Warriner (USA) and introduced in 1978.