Rose Buzz: Hearing from the hybridizers themselves!

Rose Buzz_7_whiteThere were so many wonderful things about the American Rose Society Fall Convention, but one of the things I will never forget is meeting and hearing from the top hybridizers from around the world. They are without exception, amazing men dedicated to bringing us the most disease resistant, sustainable, beautiful roses.

You can hear from them too and get some information that is hot off the press!

Check out their video at the bottom of this page. 🐝

Here they are…

IMG_0004Will Radler: Father of the Knock Out family of roses and so much more. (Hear him tell his story on Rose Chat here.)

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Alain Meilland, director of Meilland Roses of France who first brought us the Peace Rose.

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Steve Hutton, president of Star Roses & Plants.

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Michael Mariott, chief designer of David Austin Roses.

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Thomas Proll, head of the rose breeding program at Kordes Roses.


 

Roses
THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT

With all the new sustainable and beautiful roses coming out it has never been a better time to surround yourself with the beauty and the fragrance of roses. Whether you have a big yard or a patio, there are roses to fit every spot. I can tell you there is nothing quite like picking your own roses to add to the dinner table or to take to a friend.

And, there is no better way to learn about roses than to join the American Rose Society. We have just installed Pat Shanley and Bob Martin as our President and Vice President and there are none more qualified or more excited about what the future holds. None are more committed to bringing us the very best.

Jump over to ROSE.ORG and take a look around … then SIGN UP! The American Rose magazine that you will receive bi-monthly and the newsletters you will receive bi-monthy will entertain, inspire and educate you as you learn and grow with roses.

If  you have any questions, I would be happy to help.

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A Rose A Day: Drifts

Today you are going to see 3 of my favorite roses–Peach Drift, Coral Drift and Apricot Drift.

As with all the roses in the Drift collection, these roses are amazingly disease resistant and small enough to fit into most any garden whether in a container, in the front of a border or in one of your nooks or crannies of the garden. I love to use them in front of my roses that have more sporadic bloom cycles.

These beauties are ever blooming so they give you season-long beauty!

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Drift roses come in other colors too… check them out here.

These roses are so beautiful and easy that I love to give them as gifts to new rose gardeners!

RED DRIFT ROSES……

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For information on Red Drift, read on.

Rose Parade: Francis Meilland

What a beauty!
What a beauty!

Star Roses and Plants award winning rose!

Here’s how they describe it…

Francis Meilland® is a tall Hybrid Tea rose with a very large bloom, good exhibition form and strong fragrance. It is a multiple award winner in Europe for disease resistance as well as aesthetics. It is one of the first Hybrid Tea roses to win the prestigious ADR contest in Germany. 2013 AARS winner.

This remarkable rose bears the name of a remarkable rose breeder, in honor of his 100th birthday — the legendary breeder of the Peace rose.

My friend, Chris, The Redneck Rosarian, says this rose grew to about 9ft in his garden last year. Wo…. I ordered two this year from Edmunds and they are planted in my new raised exhibition bed Mr. G built for me. I am so excited to see how they grow!

Tall, disease resistance, beautiful fragrance and beautiful form … I hope I have some ready June 15 to enter in the Indianapolis Rose Society’s Rose Show!! Fingers crossed.

Rose Parade: Peace Rose

images-4The Peace Rose is one of the most famous and beloved roses of all time. I had this rose once upon a time, in fact … it is one of the first roses my son gave to me– which made it very special. However, during one of our particularly harsh Indiana winters, we lost it.

SUMMER SALE…
Last summer I saw an extremely healthy Peace Rose on the Lowes sale table. I thought it was time I had a Peace Rose again.

THE DETAILS…

  • Yellow blend Hybrid Tea
  • Bred by Francis Meilland (France, 1935)
  • Introduced in US by Conard-Pyle (Star Roses) on April 29, 1945 as ‘Peace’
  • Strong fragrance
  • Very large, full (26-40 petals), cupped, high-centered bloom form
  • Blooms in flushes throughout the season.
  • Height of 4′ to 6½’ (120 to 200 cm)
  • Width of up to 3′ (up to 90 cm)
  • USDA zone 5b and warmer
  • Prune lightly or not at all

AN ALL AMERICAN..
The Peace rose was awarded the prestigious All-American Rose Selections Award (AARS) for 1946, the only rose to receive this honor that year.

HISTORY FROM WIKIPEDIA…

It was developed by French horticulturist Francis Meilland in the years 1935 to 1939. When Meilland foresaw the German invasion of France he sent cuttings to friends in Italy, Turkey, Germany, and the United States to protect the new rose. It is said, that it was sent to the US on the last plane available before the German invasion, where it was safely propagated by the Conard Pyle Co. during the war.

The adoption of the trade name “Peace” was publicly announced in the United States on 29 April 1945 by the introducers, Messrs Conard Pyle Co. This was the very day that Berlin fell, officially considered the end of the Second World War in Europe. Later that year Peace roses were given to each of the delegations at the inaugural meeting of the United Nations in San Francisco, each with a note which read:

“We hope the ‘Peace’ rose will influence men’s thoughts for everlasting world peace”.  -Wikepedia

What a beautiful history!

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Lovely bloom
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