Saturday, April 25, 2009
MY ROSES - "Co to Do"
CONSTANCE SPRY: English Rose bred by David Austin in the UK in 1961. This is the first English Rose by David Austin. Classified as a shrub, but It makes an excellent climber because of its enormous size. We have it growing on an arbour and also along a tall fence and rose arch where it can strut it's stuff!........ it truly is a sight to behold when in bloom. Unfortunately it only blooms once in a season, but my, oh my, it puts on a grand performance and the fragrance is outstanding. I had to have this rose when I first saw magazine pictures of it and I certainly was not disappointed! Lovely light to mid pink large abundant blooms. (please click on all pics to enlarge for better view)CREAM ABUNDANCE: Floribunda, bred by Harkness in the UK. 1999. This rose was new to me last year and I already have it down as one of my most favourite roses. Fragrance is mild to moderate to my nose, though it is reported to be strong!!! It is a beautiful succulent colour of rich cream, very demure! Medium size blooms are formed in single to large clusters on medium stems. A very beautiful rose indeed!DOUBLE DELIGHT: Hybrid Tea, bred by two separate breeders Ellis and Swim in Us. 1977. This has to be one of the most popular of all roses and rightly so. This HT has so much going for it. The colouration is very remarkable, predominantly cream with pink to cherry red on the outside of it's petals and colours blending together according to sunlight and age. Then the fragrance is exquisite and intense and has to be in the top five for fragrance in modern roses. It has won many awards. This rose is a double delight for fragrance and unique blend of colour, and for myself, two of my first DDs formed double crowns. Now that's taking it to the limit. A very favourite rose indeed!