The things I do for this blog. I didn’t know much about the growing habits of this week’s Rose of the Week so I just drove down to my rose garden (on my ride-on mower) in the pitch black of night to have a look at my bush so I don’t lead you astray in this post.
So, what can I tell you?
The bush is typical of a hybrid tea rose – the foliage is a bit sparse and the bush a bit leggy. The foliage is a healthy, deep, dark green. The leaves are large. What I noticed in the dark is that the flowers are produced singularly on long stems that are held well above the foliage. I could tell this even though there were no blooms on the bush, as I am yet to dead head Sundance after the spring flush and I could see all the large hips floating above the foliage. These strong, long stems make the blooms perfect for the vase.
Sundance grows to 1.5 metres, though mine is not much more than one metre.
I picked the only two buds on the bush, there were no blooms. The buds are high centred and a brilliant deep golden colour, with a hint of orange on the rim of the petals. If you look closely, you will see the orange rim in places. As the bloom develops, the petals brighten into a brilliant golden-yellow, rimmed in vivid orange pink.
The blooms are described in the literature as unfading. I can vouch for this. It is heating up here and you can see that the colour is very strong. Sundance is also described as a great rose for a hot-spot in your rose garden. Clearly, it copes well with the heat.
The fragrance is supposedly light and sweet but, if you are looking for a fragrant rose, I wouldn’t choose Sundance. There is not much at all.
The bush is reported to have good disease resistance. Mine is perfectly healthy at the moment. I don’t recall how it copes in early spring and late autumn when all but the most resilient succumb to black spot.
Sundance was bred by Zary and released in Australia by Swane’s.