The floribunda Flirtatious is a rose which didn't much appeal to me at
first. The blooms are pastel - cream to light yellow with touches of
pink at the petal edges - small, of open form, and they age rather
quickly in my climate. Somehow, it just didn't seem to have enough
pizazz to interest me, particularly when it was growing in the confined
space of a five gallon pot. So when my son and dil were looking for
appropriate roses to plant in the half barrels along their front
walkway, it went to live with them. There it gained some root room and
size and quickly became a favorite.
Now I am not one to disregard a favorite, especially when it is grown in
my area, so the following year I bought another and this one went in the
ground.For three or four years it grew among a planting of mixed
pastels, all of which outshone it - it still rarely impressed me. This
year, at five years in the ground, it is somewhat better and I am
reasonably pleased with it. It has some nice blooms, though more
messiness than I would like. It is not a rose I would replace.
And yet, the dil and the son? It is still their favorite. Having
recently moved to a new house, they performed a Herculean task in moving
Flirtatious to their new home. They are planning a new garden there and
are repurchasing, or moving, only their most beloved plants.
Flirtatious not only made the cut, but has been given a spot of great
prominence - it is the very first plant one encounters on arrival. And
this prominence has made them love and appreciate it even more. It is
hard to generalize on what makes a good rose with this sort of diversity
of opinion. But there you have it. I won't replace it, and yet they
wouldn't be without it.
Flirtatious rose bush, File# D3901
~ Photography and comment from Christine, Reno, NV 2009 ~
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