Roses forum→My 2020 Rose Garden Awards

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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Sages Forum moderator Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Jan 1, 2021 12:06 AM CST


I'm conferring these awards on a purely subjective basis and, frankly, without much forethought. It's highly possible that other roses in my garden might be more floriferous, vigorous, or disease-resistant or have a better fragrance, but these were the first that came to my mind when I came up with these categories. I think it's interesting that all four are floribundas, although I grow hundreds more hybrid teas.

Most floriferous: Pure Poetry

I rarely see this rose bush without blooms, even in winter. I've had it for more than 20 years. It spent the first half of its life under a persimmon tree and bloomed almost nonstop in the shade of that tree. It continued blooming nonstop in full sun after the persimmon tree died. It's a large bush -- 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide -- and its blooms inherited the ruffles of its pollen parent, Tournament of Roses.

Most vigorous: Let's Celebrate

Some roses in my garden are much larger than this one, but they took a while to get large. Let's Celebrate grew to 8 feet x 8 feet during its second year in the ground.

Most disease-resistant: Rainbow Sorbet

This is one of the very few roses in my garden that doesn't get black spot. It also has never suffered from rust, powdery mildew, or downy mildew. It also appears to be more pest-resistant than other roses in my garden. Even at the height of my curculio weevil infestations of past years, I never saw a single weevil on this rose bush. And if that's not enough of a testimonial, its blooms are also highly heat-resistant and rain-resistant.

Best fragrance: First Kiss

Please note that I'm not calling it the most fragrant. I'm not a fan of overwhelming scents. Some of you may recall my past posts describing how I have to run past my lilacs with my nose plugged when they're in bloom. Excessive scent is also the reason I no longer grow Mock Orange or Clematis armandii. Their cloying fragrance almost gave me panic attacks when they were in bloom. First Kiss smells like a bouquet of wild Freesias. The fragrance is strong enough to waft, but not strong enough to be overpowering.

I'm editing this post to add more photos of these roses. One of each is just not enough!

Tell us about your garden stars.
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Name: Arturo Tarak
Bariloche, Rio Negro, Argentin (Zone 8a)
Roses Dahlias Irises Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
Jan 1, 2021 3:17 AM CST
Thank you so much for this thread zuzu! It has sent me into trying to figure out my own awards... Smiling Of course I will extend it, if you may, to some other companion plants or combos as well, that include roses.
In my garden, the categories for awards sometimes reach the infinite... Green Grin! I simply love plants... *Blush* and when they do their thing how could I not give them a prize? as I Drooling over them! Spreading around awards is such a fun activity!
Thanks again Thank You!
Tuscany, Italy
Jan 1, 2021 4:57 AM CST
Love your "Let's Celebrate"!
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member Dog Lover Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry Keeps Horses I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Plant Identifier Raises cows Roses Farmer Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Jan 1, 2021 8:35 AM CST
This is a fun topic. I need to work on it.
Name: Rosemary
Sacramento, CA (Zone 9b)
Jan 1, 2021 7:23 PM CST
Beautiful roses, Zuzu. That Rainbow Sorbet really caught my attention with the lovely pic and glowing review, and lo and behold, Lowe's has it in their collection of fancy bodybag roses ($12.98), although, I have to say I found the thorns to be off-putting!
Name: Beth
Northern California (Zone 9b)
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Jan 3, 2021 10:37 PM CST
I had several that bloomed their little butts off! LOL

Got this new one from Roses Unlimited in early spring. Never heard of her before, and they had no pictures. But just being a stripey I had to try her! She's a shrub rose with rather smallish blooms. They range from 1" up to closer to 3". Blooms all the time and such a sweet little thing! Every bloom is different. Her name is:

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Then there's the one I had to cancel my order from Palatine in 2018 due to the fire. Got her this season, and WOW! what a great rose! Lots of unusual blooms that are a different color every time they bloom....

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And then there was one I got from Hortico this past season. It's a really cool one of Ben Williams' stripey shrubs. Unfortunately they aren't offering it this yr.

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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Sages Forum moderator Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Jan 3, 2021 11:35 PM CST


Wow, Anne Harder is exquisite!

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