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Floribunda 2008 3ft-4ft Although this superb rose was bred in the UK it has really taken the USA by storm.
Each year they choose a few roses for their All American Rose Award but in 2010 there was only one winner, so it looks something special.
Quite big for a floribunda it produces masses of huge intensely ruffled blooms of mango orange suffusing to pink.
The colour is very difficult to describe but peach, mango, pink and orange are all there to make quite a confectionary of colours.
It is even difficult to catch the colour on film but the picture featured is probably the best we can find for the moment.
As you would expect from a rose with such a top award it flowers all season, it is very healthy, plus the bonus of a lovely perfume.
It looks a sure fire winner in the UK
Bred by Harkness Roses. UK
Gold Standard Rose Trials
The Gold Standard Trials are the result of a joint initiative between professional rose breeders represented by BARB (British Association of Rose Breeders) and NIAB (National Institute of Agricultural Botany). Unlike some rose trials, breeders pay a fee for each rose variety submitted to the Gold Standard trials, independently managed by NIAB at their Cambridge headquarters.
Based on cumulative information from invited independent judges throughout the two year period of the trial, the Gold Standard is awarded to worthy varieties. Health, floriferousness, scent and commercial appeal are all considered key factors. The first trial was planted in 2004 (and judged during 2005 and 2006) with the results confirmed in autumn 2006. The second trial was concluded in autumn 2007 with a further seven roses joining the original ‘magnificent seven’ to give a total of fourteen varieties awarded ‘Gold Standard’ status. The trial that concluded in autumn 2009 produced a further thirteen Gold Standard roses. The completion in 2010 of the latest trial also adds a further thirteen roses to the ‘Gold Standard Hall of Fame’ making a total to date of 51Gold Standard roses. With the trials set to continue no doubt more roses will receive this accolade in the future.
Other rose trials conducted to establish the performance of new, and in some cases established, rose varieties include the International Merit Trials at the Royal National Rose Society in St Albans, the Glasgow International Trials at Tollcross Park, the Pencoed Trials in Wales, the City of Belfast International Rose Trials and, now in its 28th year, the Rose of the Year trials.
The Gold Standard roses can be viewed at Roath Park, Cardiff and at Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath, West Sussex.
Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.
Rose Facts And Trivia
Roses are the traditional gift given on Valentines Day, but they're certain to be well-received any time of year. But before you buy roses, know what message you're sending.
The color of a rose can have a very different meaning from what you intend. To ensure that your love understands what the roses you bestow mean, check this guide to rose colors and their meanings:
Red roses proclaim "I love you." They are the ultimate symbol of romantic love and enduring passion. Florists can't keep up with Valentines Day demand for red roses, which makes them especially expensive in February.
Yellow Roses Yellow roses indicate friendship and freedom -- so don't send them if your intentions are romantic and long-lasting. Yellow roses are also appropriate for sending congratulations to newlyweds, and new mothers.
Pale Pink Roses Pale pink roses connote grace, gentleness, and gratitude.
Light Pink Roses A joy to behold, light pink roses express fun and happiness.
Deep Pink Roses Deep pink roses say "Thank you." They have also come to be associated with the fight against breast cancer.
Lilac Roses Lilac roses indicate the sender has fallen in love at first sight with the recipient and is enchanted.
White Roses Pure white roses symbolize truth and innocence. They also send other messages: "I miss you" and "You're heavenly."
Peach Roses Peach roses speak of appreciation and gratitude.
Coral Roses Coral roses express one thing with their passionate colour: Desire.
Orange Roses Orange roses communicate enthusiasm and desire on the part of the sender'.