Summer Breeze

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This is a beautiful rose.  I just love the soft rose-pink flowers but, geez, it is hard to find much information on it.  What I do know is: this Summer Breeze, which was bred by Meilland (France) and introduced in 1987, should not be confused with the Kordes’ Summer Breeze which was introduced in 2000.  The Kordes’ Summer Breeze is a vigorous climbing rose which has bright pink single flowers with pale cream centres. Continue reading

Sundance

 

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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?

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Leander

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I have often mentioned the Leander Group of roses.  Now is the time to meet the rose after which the group was named.

David Austin decided to develop a group of roses that, whilst their flowers were of the old rose type, their foliage and growth had more modern rose character.  For this purpose, he turned to the modern climbers related to the Wichurana ramblers, by way of New Dawn.  He decided on Aloha (bred by Boerner in 1949) as the foundation parent for the Group. Continue reading

Tuscan Sun

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Tuscan Sun  is a modern Floribunda rose with large flowers that are carried in small clusters.  It has deep apricot buds that open to stunning high-centred blooms of hybrid tea form.  They are bronze/orange/apricot in the centre with coppery pink outer petals.  They finish a coppery pink.  The blooms are 10 cm wide, have 25 petals and are borne on long, strong stems which makes them perfect for the vase.  As a bonus, they last well as a cut flower. Continue reading

Caramella

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Caramella (aka Caramel Fairy Tale) is a member of the Kordes’ Fairy Tale rose series.  Fairy Tale Roses are Kordes’ answer to David Austin. The plants carry heavily double blooms on vigorous, easy-to-care-for shrubs, with great disease resistance. Betty Cuthbert, last week’s Rose of the Week, is part of the series, as is Pomponella.

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Betty Cuthbert

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It is time to start the Rose of the Week posts again.  I have been a bit lax and the first spring flush has all but gone.  There is always so much to do in spring I seem to miss it every year.  My rose garden is about 200 metres from our house so I have to make an effort to go and see it and I never seem to.  There is always something that needs to be done and no time to be wandering aimlessly through roses.  The other day, as we were leaving Bridgetown, I said to Maus, “I have to get a rose photo.” Continue reading