Grand Prize rose
The Floribunda rose Grand Prize happened to snag a bit of a prized
location - right by a Gazebo corner where a table tucks in beside it.
Nestled into the opposite side of that corner is a Betty Corning
clematis with it's fine light stems and graceful lavender bells. In my
garden, this is a small, urn-shaped plant, barely 3 feet tall, and
inclined to stay at this size.
This is a spot one notices often, so the plants here need to be
special. Grand Prize succeeds in that by producing creamy, semi-double
flowers. In bud it is apricot to yellow, and the newly opened blooms
tone to a creamy apricot. This produces a pleasing succession of flower
forms and shadings. While the opening buds are prettiest, the finish is
nice also - an asset for a featured rose. One of my favorite things
about this plant is that new growth appears just as soon as the petals
drop. By the time one deadheads, the next cycle of bloom is typically
All in all, a very nice plant in my garden, and a very worthy recipient
of a prized location.
Grand Prize rose bush, File# D1411
~ Photography and comment from Christine, Reno, NV 2009 ~
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