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Hybrid Tea Roses

June 8, 2014

Hybrid Tea Roses are considered a rose royalty. The term however is an informal horticultural classification of this group of roses which is a cross between hybrid perpetuals and the old fashioned tea roses. The Hybrid Tea Roses are classified as a modern garden rose. They are perhaps the most popular rose in the world and the most popular flower. It has all the virtues one would look for in a flower: beauty, fragrance and easy maintenance.

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The Hybrid Tea Roses produce the showiest blooms; the flowers on hybrid tea roses may have over 60 petals and can be as large as 5 inches across. They have large, high-centred buds, supported by long, straight and upright stems. Most hybrid tea roses tend to be upright and can reach up to 2 metres in height depending on the cultivar, growing conditions and pruning regime. The long strong stem of the hybrid tea rose make them a great cut flower.

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The birth of the hybrid tea rose was recorded in 1867; it was raised by Jean-Baptiste Guillot, a French nurseryman. The Hybrid Tea Roses however did not become popular until the beginning of the 20th century with the cultivar Soleil d’Or. Although Hybrid Tea Roses suffered a declining popularity among gardeners and landscapers due to its tendency to be stiffly upright with sparse foliage, they remain the standard rose in the industry and are still favored by small gardens.

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Hybrid tea roses need to receive at least 6 hours of sun a day, so strategic location for planting is necessary. Plant the hybrid tea rose in a soil that drains easily, put a deep layer of mulch around the tea rose bush to keep the weeds away. Water regularly, deep watering is preferred at least once a week. Fertilize your hybrid tea rose with a rose specific fertilizer three times a year for healthier bushes and bigger blooms. First application should be done after pruning in spring, followed by during the first blooming time, and the last in mid to late July. Pruning should be done when the hybrid tea roses are still dormant.

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Double Delight Roses

May 31, 2014

The most popular new variety of the last 30 years, the Double Delight rose bears creamy white flowers with rice, cherry-red edges that deepen in color as the flower ages. On top of that, the scent is strong and pleasing. A vase full of these roses will fill a room with the sweet scent of fresh cut flowers.

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Double Delight was introduced by hybrid tea rose cultivar Swim & Ellis in 1977. Only 8 years later, it was places in the Rose Hall of Fame.

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The prolific bush provides lots of creamy pointed buds that blush red with the rays of the sun and nicely contrast the deep green leaves. The large old-fashioned flowers can have 24-30 petals on each flower. It can grow up to 5 feet wide and 5 feet tall.

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This rose does best with warms days and cool nights and prefers full sun or partial shade.

More information about the Double Delight rose can be found at Gurneys, Heirloom Roses, Wikipedia, BHG, or Weeks Roses.

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Iced Tea, Please!

May 12, 2014

Iced tea is the official drink of the south! Check out this article for tips on making the perfect glass.

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Alfred Colomb Rose

April 17, 2014

‘Alfred Colomb’ exhibits flowers of large, full, strawberry-red blooms and is healthy and vigorous. The fragrance of the flowers is a delight. Ethelyn Emery Keays in her book “Old Roses” likens this rose as a “family head in the subdivision of the Hybrid Perpetuals.”

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Other names include: Madame Brosse and Marshall P. Wilder. It can tolerate a small amount of shade and is somewhat disease resistant.

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Classed as Hybrid Perpetual it was introduced in 1865. It is almost thornless with a height of 4 to 5 inches. The flower has about 45 large, very full petals and blooms in flushes throughout the season.

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More info can be found at Antique Rose Emporium and Dave’s Garden

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The Archduke Charles Rose

March 27, 2014

Archduke Charles Rose – The ‘Duke’, a China, has been around prior to 1837 and blooms profusely with two to four inch blooms, delicately formed, with what has been described as a subtle ‘banana’ scent.

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Known as the ‘chameleon’ rose, the blooms are a rich pink, glowing rose and deep crimson changing with age. The three foot tall, four foot wide plant is compact, vigorous and leafy with good foliage. Known as the ‘San Marcos Rose’ to the Texas Rose Rustlers before it was properly identified, it was found growing all over the Central Texas area around old homesteads and in San Marcos in numerous locations. Extremely shade, alkaline, and drought tolerant, this rose is a very handsome addition to any garden.

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Thomas Rivers called this rose “changeable as the chameleon”. The full, very shapely flowers open with crimson outer petals and neat pink centers, then darken to solid crimson. The heat of the sun speeds the process: what appears to be a bi-color hedge in spring and fall will be all red roses in mid-summer. The neat, erect bush and constant bloom help make this one of the most popular large shrub rose varieties.

 

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Content from: Antique Rose Emporium and antiqueroses.com

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The Peace Rose

March 22, 2014

 According to Wikipedia, the Peace rose was developed by French horticulturist Francis Meilland in the years 1935 to 1939. When he 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.

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As Meilland sent his cuttings just before the war, communication between the cultivators was not possible, which is why the rose received different names. In France it was called ‘Madame A. Meilland’, in honor of the breeder’s mother. This is the formal cultivar name; all other names are selling names. In Italy it was called Gioia (It. for joy), in Germany Gloria Dei (lat. for glory of God) and in the USA, Peace.