Bloom Thyme Friday: The Winner’s Circle

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking at the INDIANA/ILLINOIS Rose Society district meeting. Also on the program that day was Richard Anthony of For Love of Roses. Richard shared with us a presentation of his beautiful roses but, more than that, he brought many roses for us to see in person. Believe me, he has some beauties! And, I just had to share a few of those beauties with you.

If you are not familiar with Richard, let me introduce you…

Richard J. Anthony is a national level exhibitor with 106 Queens of Show (Yes, 106!!!) to his credit after 13 years of exhibiting roses. He has 4 National Queens and 9 District Queens as of the fall of 2014 rose season.

Richard and his partner, Brenna Bosch, work very hard to bring the best of the best miniature and miniflora roses which includes Richard’s own rose hybridizing efforts as well as several new roses from other hybridizers.

For some growing tips from Richard himself, read on.

Thanks to Andrew Hearne for the beautiful pictures on the For Love of Roses website.

Whether you are just interested in growing these lovely roses or are ready to throw your hat in the ring and try your hand at exhibiting, here are some of the top performers…

TOP 5 BEST SELLING MINIATURES

BEES KNEES

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Bees Knees by Keith Zary

An exceptionally fine rose and a prolific bloomer; it is not uncommon to have 40 to 50 blooms on a mature own root bush. READ MORE

DADDY FRANK

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Daddy Frank by Robbie Tucker

This rose is the best miniature red rose available today. Blooms will last on the bush and for exhibition purposes longer than most. READ MORE

TATTOOED DAUGHTER

Tattooed Daughter (Photo Credit:  Bryan Sherman)
Tattooed Daughter (Photo Credit: Bryan Sherman)

A beautiful orange miniature rose with darker orange stripes that was named by Bob Martin after his daughter. This rose will definitely win miniature open bloom with regularity and also best miniature spray due to its unique coloration. READ MORE

DR. GARY RANKIN

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Dr. Gary Rankin

Named after a gentleman, scholar, birder and good friend, this miniature rose is as close to perfect as you are going to find in a miniature rose. READ MORE

EMMA GRACE

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Emma Grace by Whit Wells

A rose that takes two or three years to mature but is well worth the wait as the sprawling characteristics eventually disappear and disease resistance improves considerably. READ MORE


TOP 5 BEST SELLING MINIFLORAS

MEMPHIS MUSIC

Memphis Music by Whit Wells
Memphis Music by Whit Wells

A striking dark red sport of Memphis Magic that has bright yellow flecks throughout each petal. The rose definitely exhibits as evidenced by several queens of show. READ MORE

ABBY’S ANGEL

Abby's Angel by Whit Wells
Abby’s Angel by Whit Wells

One of the most beautiful colored roses you can grow. It has great form, substance and well defined centers.  READ MORE

BALDO VILLEGAS

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Baldo Villegas by Whit Wells

Named after one of the nicest and most helpful rosarians. The rose is a beautiful red blend. It is a star in the garden due to the beautiful red and white coloration. READ MORE

DR. JOHN DICKMAN

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Dr. John Dickman

A work horse on the show table and in the garden as well as the dark purple color draws everyone’s attention to it. There is not much you can’t do with this rose from an exhibitors’ perspective. READ MORE

FOOLISH PLEASURE

Foolish Pleasure by David Clemons
Foolish Pleasure by David Clemons

This rose is a great garden rose and throws near perfect quality exhibition blooms that win Queen of Show and work well in all Challenge Classes. READ MORE

With so many pretty ones, I’m not sure how I am going to make my selection for next year! But, it will be fun pouring through my options! For a complete list, read on.



IN THE GARDEN THIS WEEK…

Leaves are falling like crazy and November is fast approaching but there are many roses in my garden that don’t seem to be affected by those facts at all. I can certainly understand why … while I was working in the garden Saturday, the temp skyrocketed to 80 degrees. This week has not been nearly that warm and today I don’t think we are going to get to 50 and the night time temps are dipping to the mid 30s. Burrrrr!

I seriously don’t remember having so many buds and blooms at this time of year before, and bringing in vases of roses at the end of October is FUN! As far as I’m concerned, winter can take it sweet time. Speaking of sweet, look at what’s blooming this week…

Click on any of the pictures below to activate the gallery feature…

Wishing you a wonderful week….

Happy Bloom Thyme Friday_Yellow

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