Distant Drums Rose – Dr. Griffith J. Buck

April 12, 2015

Distant Drums Rose was bred by Dr. Griffith J. Buck in 1984 in the United States. This rose produces clusters of pointed brunette buds that swirl open to reveal ruffles washed with orchid pink. The blooms are large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary, cluster-flowered in small clusters in globular bloom form. Distant Drums Rose blooms in flushes throughout the season, each stem of this rose holds its own bouquet of big, ruffled flowers.

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Distant Drums grows much like a Floribunda in habit, drumming out clusters of pointed brunette buds that swirl open to reveal ruffles washed with orchid pink. This novel rose is both hardy and vigorous and is USDA zone 5b through 9b and can be used for beds and borders, cut flower or garden.

Sam Kedem Nursery describes the flowers as being a “symphony in colors” — a tan-mauve blend transforms colors by the day from red in the unopened stage to yellowish when fully open. Distant Drums Rose has a strong anise, myrrh fragrance making it an outstanding rose. Distant Drums is difficult to propagate from cuttings, but makes a strong, healthy plant with most unusually colored blooms of rich fragrance. Blooms when fully open recall lotus blossoms, often with dusky purple lower petals and buff, or parchment, upper petals. This is truly a wonderful rose and definitely one of Griffith’s rose.

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