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Miniature Roses

  1. Admirable (SEAridbelt) ----- Sean McCann ----- 1992
    --- Purchased from Michaels Premier Roses

This rose which was bred in Ireland is described as having light pink to pink blend blooms and a very strong fragrance. The blooms can be up to 3 inches in diameter and are double with a good repeat bloom. It has a somewhat old fashioned look in the photos at Michaels Premier Roses website.

  1. Always a Lady (TINlady)(PP007187) ----- Bennett ----- 1988
    --- Purchased Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery - Delivered at Houston Rose Society Program

This mauve miniature is described in MR11 as having flowers that are pale mauve to lavender, medium, double blooms 25 to 30 petals with exhibition form. Blooms borne singly and in sprays of 3 to 5 blooms with moderate damask fragrance. Foliage is medium green semi-glossy with bushy medium growth habit. In the Tiny Petals Nursery brochure the rose is described as "a marvelous mauve with show form, this 'lady' is generous with both blooms and bush. Soft, sweet perfume." [Deep Purple x Dilly Dilly]

  1. Angela Rippon ---- De Ruiter ----- 1978
    --Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX.

This rose was hybridized by De Ruiter in the Netherlands (Rosey Jewel x Zorina) and is described as having a height up to 12 inches and blooms which are medium or salmon pink which repeats and has a strong fragrance. The rose was named after a famous British Television personality. I put this rose in the garden in July 2000 and it has survived the brutal weather. ARS rating in the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.2.

  1. Anita CharlesTM (MORnita) ----- Ralph S. Moore ----- 1981
    --Purchased from Houston Rose Society at Fall Show and was provided from Kimbrew-Walters

Anita Charles is a cross of 'Golden Glow' (Climber, Brownell, 1937) x 'Over the Rainbow'. The flowers are orange pink with lighter edges, very dbl. (43 petals), medium (1 inch) blooms which repeats; light tea fragrance; some prickles. This is a very pretty rose which had a nice bloom on it at the show. The foliage is medium green, glossy leaves with medium (12 inch) height and compact, bushy growth habit.

  1. Autumn Dawn (BRIdawn) PPR ----- Bridges --- 1999
    -- Purchased from Bridges Roses

Described as medium height with salmon-orange blooms with good form on long stems, disease resistant foliage, good for garden or show. The exhibition-form coral orange blooms come on long stems with dark green foliage. The slightly-spread plant grows 24 to 30 inches tall, is very vigorous and disease resistant. Blooms 1 to 11/4 inches, 20 to 25 petals, with a light spicy fragrance. It is in a large pot and so far has not done well for me. I may move it to another better location.

  1. Baby Austin (MORbaby) PRR ----- Ralph S. Moore ----- 2001
    --Purchased from Sequoiah Nursery (Moore's Miniatures)

A micro miniature described as a soft warm pink micro mini with old fashioned form and lots of petals. These dime size blooms just keep coming up on a healthy little bush. Named for Kayla's baby brother Austin, Mr. Moore's great grandson. Unique among micro mini's.

  1. Baby Grand (POULit)(Patent: PP009419) ----- Oleson (OBN) ----- 1994
    --Purchased from Michaels Premier Roses in Sacramento, CA

From the famous Poulsen family of Denmark comes this unusual pink miniature that reminds us of the great centifolias of yesteryear. Quartered, double, 35 petals, vibrant pink blooms are borne in abundance. This is a cross of Egeskov x seedling. It arrived with a bloom on it and the bloom was just as described, a nice quartered old fashion look and nice fragrance. The flower form looks very similar to that of the dwarf centifolia 'Rose de Meaux'. A light apple scent and excellent disease resistance make this one a "keeper" for any mini lover's garden. ARS rating in the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.6

  1. Beauty Secret (Little Darling x Magic Wand) ----- Ralph S. Moore ----- 1965
    -- Purchased both from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX

Bud pointed; flowers cardinal-red, double, high-centered, small (1( in.), very fragrant; foliage small, glossy, leathery; vigorous, bushy growth. Per catalogs, Long pointed medium red buds. Lost my first one to the brutal weather in July/August 2000. Planted replacement in September 2000. Blooms in great abundance. An old favorite that is especially attractive in corsage. Bright red blooms on a vigorous plant with a fruity fragrance. 1975 ARS Award of Excellence. ARS rating of 8.1 (per the 2001 handbook). Per the November 1999 issue of the American Rose magazine this is one of the 1st inductees to the Miniature Rose Hall of Fame

  1. Big and Beautiful (TINbab) ---- Dee Bennett ---- 2000
    -- Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery

Described as the largest non-climbing mini with the bush reaching up to 5 or 6 ft. in height and breadth. It is a cross of 'Futura' x 'Jean Kenneally'. It does provide nicely pointed apricot blooms and the picture at the Tiny Petals website is spectacular. I just planted mine in a large pot in June/July 2000 and it did survive the brutal weather of July/August 2000 but at this point it is only one long somewhat spindly cane and has had one bloom on it. I hope it will establish itself and begin to thrive with the cool weather and be flourishing by next Spring.

  1. Billie Teas (HOOtea) ----- John C. Hooper ---- 1992
    -- Purchased from Teas Nursery in Houston, TX

This dark red exhibition-type miniature was introduced by Kimbrew-Walters and is named after a member of the Teas family here in Houston. Its a cross of "seedling" x Merrimac whose rich red color and exhibition form are beautiful in garden and as a cut flower. 1993 Award of Excellence.

  1. Black Jade TM (BENblack) (Pat. 5925) ----- Benardella ----- 1985.
    -- Purchased from Teas Nursery
    -- Purchased 2nd from Tiny Petals Nursery

This dark red exhibition-type miniature represents a color breakthrough in roses. Its wide, dark, velvety petals are the closest to black ever created in a rose. Classic oldie but goodie. Black bud open to very dark red blooms. I found the beautiful picture and description at Nor'East Miniature Roses Inc. Website. I lost my first plant to the brutal weather we experienced in July/August 2000. I got a replacement from Tiny Petals I also got pictures of blooms from my rose bush. Still a favorite of judges. Parentage: Sheri Anne x Laguna. Ht. 18-24". 1985 Award of Excellence. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.2

  1. Brian Lee (TINlee)(PP006789) ----- Bennett ----- 1986
    --- Purchased Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery - Delivered at Houston Rose Society Program

I have gotten both the bush and a tree rose of this variety. The blooms of this rose are a wonderful deep red to burgundy and is described in MR11 as a mini-flora having flowers of a dark red, aging to mauve that are urn shaped. The blooms are double, 28 petals, with exhibition form moderate fragrance 5/8 inch dia. The bush has medium green, semi glossy foliage with upright bushy growth. This rose is described in the Tiny Petals Nursery brochure as having "dazzling blooms of rich fuchsia to burgundy-red, borne one to a stem on the robust bush with deep green foliage. The velvety flowers have a quick repeat cycle." [Carrousel x Plum Duffy]

  1. Cafe Olé (MORolé) ----- Ralph S. Moore ----- 1990
    --Purchased from Michaels Premier Roses in Sacramento, CA

For those who love brown roses, this is a sport of Winter Magic whose blooms have a brownish color similar to coffee and cream with 50 petals and diameter over 1( inches. Described as being slow to establish and to repeat but well worth the wait It has a spicy scent and is very fragrant. The rose bush is described as tall being over 18 inches. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.8

  1. Cheer Up (TINcheer) (PP006456) ----- Dee Bennett ----- 1986
    -- Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery

Sue O'Brien described this rose as a miniature version of the Hybrid Tea rose 'Tropicana'. This orange/orange blend miniature with high pointed exhibition form blooms that are bright orange-red in color was introduced on February 2, 1986. It is repeat blooming and has a mild fragrance. My first plant does not look like it will survive so I have gotten a replacement plant. [Futura x Bread 'n' Butter]

  1. Child's Play TM (SAVachild) (Pat. 8175) -----Saville ----- 1991
    --Purchased from Nor'East Miniature Roses Inc.

The first ever double winner: 1993 All-American Rose Selection and 1993 American Rose Society Award of Excellence. A high-centered exhibition bloom of white with a delicate pink edge. Easy to grow, with exceptional disease resistance. Robust plant blooms profusely well into fall. Ht. 15-20". This plant has finally sucumbed. I have replaced this very good rose with a plant that displayed very strong canes in a large pot.

  1. Cinderella -- (cross - Cécile Brunner x Tom Thumb) ----- de Vink ----- 1953
    -- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX

Cinderella is a classic Mini that should be grown more today; very tiny scrolled fat buds with rolled back petals, blush pink to white with a hint of fragrance (spicy); small flowers are satiny white with tinge of flesh pink color about 1 inch dia., double (55 petals); always in bloom on a tiny bun shaped plant to about a foot in height with upright growth. Conard-Pyle Co. I lost my first one which was in a small pot to the brutal weather in July/August 2000. I loved this micro and so I replaced it with anther purchased from Chamblees. It is planted in the ground in a miniature rose bed. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.1

  1. Cinderella GoldTM (MORcingold) ---- Ralph S. Moore ---- 1995
    --Purchased from Sequoiah Nursery (Moore's Miniatures)

This is a cross [Cal Poly x Cal Poly] and is described as having tiny full double yellow flowers on a compact, thornless plant which characterize this micro-mini. Abundant medium green foliage. Similar in plant and flower to the older 'Cinderella' but with yellow buds and flowers.

  1. ConstellationTM (SAVacon) ---- Saville ---- 1999
    --Purchased from Nor'East Miniature Roses Inc.

Described as white to off white HT-form blooms with outstanding fragrance. I received my rose in October 2000 and planted in the ground. It produced two very nice blooms the first week which I would describe as white with a pale yellow cast. The blooms were large and nicely fragrant which bodes very well for the future once this rose is established.

  1. Cuddle Up (TINcuddle)(PP008566) ---- Bennett ---- 1991
    --- Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery

This rose is one of the "Up Sisters" including this, Cheer Up and Pucker Up. This rose is described as a yellow-pink blend with soft yellow flowers with a nice pink blush. The bloom form is show quality with high pointed hybrid tea form in miniature and it has a fruity fragrance.

  1. Demitasse ---- ???? ---- 2002
    --- Purchase from RCW Nurseries, Houston, TX

This new type of miniature is described as an "English Mini". In the RCW catalog it is described as: "A novel, new miniature rose with clusters of fully petaled and cupped English-style blooms in magenta to lavender-pink with an enticing damask fragrance." Should be 30 inches in height and have 2.5 inch blooms with 25 petals.

  1. Dr. Murphy's Magic Touch (TINmurphy) ----- Bennett ----- 2000
    --- Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery - Delivered at Houston Rose Society Program

This brand new rose is described in the Tiny Petals Nursery brochure: "This marvelous mini was named for the Dr. Stephen Murphy, the physician whose great talent saved the use of Sue's hand. The blooms of a soft lavender with a deeper reverse are abundant throughout the bloom season. This fast growing bush quickly attains a height of 3 feet or more with foliage of medium green which is very disease resistant."

  1. Dresden Doll ---- Miniature Moss ---- Ralph S. Moore ---- 1975
    --Purchased from Sequoiah Nursery (Moore's Miniatures)

After getting Rose Gilardi, I decided I really like the miniature moss roses. This is described as having light pink blooms of 18 petals and a strong fragrance with the mossy buds. It is a cross of Fairy Moss x [Fairy Moss x 2-63-5 (Moss Hybrid, Moore)] Should remain small with height of 9" to 12" and width of 6". It is planted in the garden on October 21, 2000. Hopefully will become strongly established by Spring. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 6.9

  1. Elfin Charm -- (cross [R. wichurana x Floradora] x Fiesta Gold) ---- Ralph S. Moore ----- 1974
    -- Purchased from Sequoia Nursery (Moore's Miniatures)

This is described in MRXI as a pink blend with short pointed buds, opening to flowers which are phlox-pink, double, 65 petals, 1" dia. with moderate fragrance. The bush has small leathery and glossy foliage, with compact bushy growth habit.

  1. Elfinglo -- (cross Little Chief x Little Chief) ---- Williams ----- 1977
    -- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX
    -- Purchased 2nd from Sequoia Nursery (Moore's Miniatures)

Bud is ovoid; flowers are red-purple, double (25 to 40 petals), cupped to flat. The flowers are small (( inch) and fragrant. Foliage is small glossy, and compact. I lost my first one of these and since I loved the look of that rose I had to replace it. I found and ordered a 2nd plant.

  1. Elizabeth Abler (TINabler) ----- Bennett ----- 1991
    --- Purchased Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery - Delivered at Houston Rose Society Program

This little rose is described in MR11 as having flowers medium red opening to paler red at the center. This micro-mini, semi double (6 - 15 petals) 1.5 inch diameter bloom with exhibition form, borne mostly singly, with moderate fragrance and no prickles. With small medium green foliage and a low, bushy compact growth habit. The Tiny Petals Nursery brochure states: "Medium red micro-mini blooms with a heart of pink abound on thornless stems. The compact plant has dark green, disease resistant foliage. Perfect for the smallest arrangements." [(Christian Dior x Brian Lee) x Unknown].

  1. Fair Dinkum (TINdink) (PP005564) ----- Bennett ----- 1983
    --- Purchased Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery - Delivered at Houston Rose Society Program

This rose described in MR11 as a pink blend has flowers of soft pink, petal margins darker. Blooms are small, double (25 petals) exhibition form with slight fragrance. Foliage is small medium green, semi-glossy; with an upright, bushy growth habit. [Unnamed seedling x Coral Treasure].

  1. Fairy Moss ----- Ralph S. Moore ----- 1969
    --Purchased from Sequoiah Nursery (Moore's Miniatures)

This rose is described in MR11 as having mossy buds and medium pink flowers semi-double. The foliage of this mini moss rose is small, light green, leathery and the plant has vigorous, bushy dwarf growth habit. [(Pinocchio x William Lobb) x New Penny]

  1. Finest Hour (var: MICfine) --- Michael C. Williams ----- 1996
    -- Purchased at 2001 Houston Rose Society Spring Show

This rose is described as a vigorous upright plant with attractive glossy green foliage. The blooms are a very bright orange with yellow at the base of each petal and a creamy yellow reverse. Color holds even in the hottest weather. Good show quality blooms in the spring. Tall bush.

  1. Glowing Amber (var: MANglow) PPAF ---- George Mander ----- 1996
    -- Purchased at the HRS 2001 Spring Rose Show

This rose from Canadian hybridizer George Mander is a very eye-catching bicolor combination of scarlet red with a golden yellow reverse. This fast growing upright plant is covered in beautiful dark green foliage. Tends to be a tall plant with high centered pointed blooms. Has done well as an exhibition rose.

  1. Grace Seward (TINgrace) ----- Bennett ----- 1990
    --- Purchased Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery - Delivered at Houston Rose Society Program

This roses is described in MR11 as having buds that are ovoid, white flowers medium, single (5 petals), with a moderate damask fragrance. Foliage described as medium size, medium green, semi-glossy. The plant is bushy with a tall growth habit. The Tiny Petals Nursery brochure states: "Five snowy white petals with an eye of bright yellow and sweet fragrance make this single-petaled rose a delight to the senses. The large bush produces lots of flowers for garden, bouquet and shows." [Watercolor x Unnamed Seedling]

  1. Green Ice (cross) ----- Ralph S. Moore ----- 1971
    -- Purchased from Chambllee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX
    -- Purchased 2nd from Southwest Fertilizer in Houston TX

Sprays of small blooms open white, and as they age, turn green. Excellent for hanging baskets. Decorative form- best as hanging basket or groundcover. Mass them for hedging. Cross (R. wichuraiana x Floradora) x Jet Trail (Low/Medium) Lost first one. I have now gotten my second bush and it appears to be thriving and putting out beautiful white blooms. This second bush struggled through the brutal weather in July/August 2000. I will see if it survives. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.6

  1. Herbie (TINherb) (Patent: PP006787) ---- Dee Bennett ---- 1987
    -- Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery

This is a miniature described as having blooms of HT form mauve to mauve blend, mild fragrance and 30 petals. Cross of Deep Purple x Dilly Dilly. It had a nice bud which opened to a nice dark mauve with a deeper purple cast that the photos on the Tiny Petals website. I planted it in the garden on October 21, 2000 and hope to see it become firmly established and growing by Spring 2001. I have seen blooms of Herbie do very well in shows in Houston. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.9

  1. High Cloud (TINdick) ----- Dee Bennett ----- 1998
    -- Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery

The rose is described as having russet colored blooms, double (26 to 40 petals) and a strong fragrance. This is a rose that no self respecting TestosteROSEr can be without as it is named for Dick Sparks. I have seen pictures and this has a wonderfully different color that will contrast nicely to the mauves, pinks and whites. [LagerfeldTM x Ernie]

  1. Hoot Owl (MORhoot) (PRR) ----- Ralph S. Moore ----- 1990
    --Purchased from Sequoia Nursery (Moore's Miniatures)

'Hoot Owl' is a bright, different, easy to grow mini for pots, borders, etc. It is a single red with white eye 1" to 11/2" diameter. Rounded bushy plant of medium growth (12" to 18"). Raised by Ralph Moore in 1987, introduced 1990. Cross ('Orangeade' x 'Little Artist') with pointed buds, flowers single (5 petals) borne singly or in sprays of 3 to 5 blooms; no fragrance; foliage small, medium green, semi-glossy, bushy and low growing. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.4

  1. Hot TamaleTM (JACpoy) (Patent: PP009015) ---- Dr. Keith W. Zary ---- 1993
    -- Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery

This is a miniature described as having blooms of exhibition form of a brilliant orange-red with yellow reverse mild fragrance and repeats. Cross of Seedling-Sämling x Seedling-Sämling. I planted it in the garden on October 21, 2000 and hope to see it become firmly established and growing by Spring 2001. I have seen blooms of Hot Tamale do very well in shows in Houston. 1994 Award of Excellence. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.2

  1. Iced Tea (MORice) PRR ----- Ralph S. Moore ----- 2001
    --Purchased from Sequoiah Nursery (Moore's Miniatures)

This rose gets its name from the unusual russet tones overlaying light peachy pink with darker reverse. The flower when fully open resembles a camelia in form, the petals perfectly placed. New foliage is bronzy red, turning glossy deep green, and the canes are nearly thornless. The upright growth reminds us of a pillar rose.

  1. Incognito (BRIincog) (PP 9932) ----- Bridges ----- 1995
    -- Purchased from The Mini-Rose Garden, Cross Hill, SC.
    -- Purchased 2nd from Michael's Premier Roses

This rose is a cross (Jean Kenneally x Twilight Trail) raised by Dennis Bridges. Flowers mauve blend with yellow reverse, moderately full (15 - 25 petals), small (0-4 cms) blooms borne mostly single; slight fragrance; few prickles; foliage medium, dark green , semi-glossy; tall (30 - 34 in.) with upright, bushy growth. Exhibition blooms of lavender with a yellow reverse, excellent substance, slight fragrance on a strong disease resistant plant. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.0

  1. Irresistible (TINresist) (PP7971) ----- Bennett ----- 1989
    --- Purchased Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery - Delivered at Houston Rose Society Program

Described in MR11 as having buds that are ovoid and white flowers with pale pink centers. The flowers are medium sized double (43 petals) with exhibition form, borne singly and in small clusters with moderate spicy fragrance. Foliage medium size and medium green semi-glossy and the bush has upright tall growth habit. According to the Tiny Petals Nursery brochure: "The greatest of the mini whites, it is 'irresistible' to gardeners, exhibitors and judges alike. The big bush produces loads of long-stemmed blooms with perfect show form that takes days to open. Damask fragrance." [Tiki x Brian Lee].

  1. Jean Kenneally TM (TINeally) (Pat. 5637) ----- Bennett ----- 1984
    --Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery

A true apricot miniature with exhibition form. This tall, vigorous plant blooms continuously and is the number one show winner. Ht. 22-30". 1986 Award of Excellence. The first one succumbed to the heat/drought in August 1999. I have replaced it and the new one is growing nicely in a plastic pot. The blooms on the first one were beautiful. 1986 Award of Excellence. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 9.4

  1. Jeanne Lajoie ----- Sima ----- 1975
    --Purchased from Nor'East Miniature Roses Inc.
    --Purchased 2nd from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX

Beautiful, well-formed, pointed buds and double flowers of medium pink, with a darker reverse. Vigorous branched growth, profuse bloom. Still expecting the 2nd to be large but more of a shrub form. More bloom than you could believe possible in a mini! I lost the first one to the brutal weather of July/August 2000. Have purchased a replacement for this rose. I also offer another beautiful picture of the blooms at Cheryl Netter's website, here is the link. Ht. 6-8 ft. 1977 Award of Excellence. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 9.3

  1. Jerry-O TM(SAVajerry) (PPAF) ----- Saville ----- ???
    --Purchased both from Nor'East Miniature Roses Inc.

Jerry-O'sTM intensely fragrant flowers are light to medium red in color and fade to an attractive pink open bloom. The flowers grow singly and in clusters and repeat prolifically on a 20 to 24 inch plant with glossy dark green foliage. The flower form is extremely attractive, with blooms that often reach 2 and 1/2 inches across. This wonderful plant will always provide a bouquet of strongly fragrant blooms. This rose finally succumbed to the weather. I have gotten a second plant from Nor'East and will plant it in the ground this week. ARS interim rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.4

  1. Kay Denise (TINkay) ----- Bennett ----- 1995
    --- Purchased Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery - Delivered at Houston Rose Society Program

Described in MR11 as having flowers of soft creamy pink, with pink blush margins. The blooms are full, very double (26 to 40 petals), exhibition form, borne mostly singly with a moderate fragrance. The stems have some prickles and the foliage is small, medium green, semi-glossy. The bush has an upright, bushy, tall growth habit. The Tiny Petals Nursery brochure states: "Show form blooms of salmon pink with a creamy reverse abound on this large plant." This rose was named for Sue O'Brien's grand daughter so we know it has to be a winner. [Tiki x My Delight]

  1. Lavender CrystalTM (ASAlav) ---- Asami of Japan ----- 1985
    -- Purchased all from Sequoiah Nursery (Moore's Miniatures)

Described as healthy plant with fragrant "nearest to blue" buds and flowers that truly has old fashion charm. I fear this one succumbed to the brutal weather of July/August 2000. I have ordered 2 more as I really like this rose!! Color classification is mauve. The flowers were absolutely lovely and the petals had a look of very delicate fine porcelain china. Not listed in MR10 or in IRR Supplement 3.

  1. Lavender Lace ---- Ralph S. Moore ---- 1968
    --Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX

This is a miniature lavender & lavender blend described as a repeat bloomer with strong fragrance. Cross of Ellen Poulsen x Debbie {Miniature, Moore, 1966}. Received and planted in September 2000 and got my first blooms which I would describe as small, loose petaled and a very lacy old fashioned look in a light mauve/white blend. 1975 Award of Excellence. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 6.5

  1. Lemon Delight ---- Ralph S. Moore ----- 1978
    ---- Purchased from Sequoia Nursery in Visalia, CA

This miniature moss rose is described in MR11 as having mossy and long pointed buds with medium yellow flowers that are small semi-double (10 petals) 1.5 inch diameter with slight fragrance. The rose has a bushy, upright growth. [Fairy Moss x Goldmoss]

  1. Leslie (TINleslie) ----- Dee Bennett ----- 1998
    -- Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery

The rose is described as having medium pink blooms. This is one of the roses which Sue O'Brien recommended as being more shade tolerant. It is a very pretty pink in the pictures and has a winner in Jean Kenneally in its parentage. [Deep Purple x Jean Kenneally]

  1. Little Artist (MACmanley) (PP006907) ---- McGredy ---- 1982
    -- Purchased at the Houston Rose Society Rose Show Fall 2001

This rose is described as a semi-double (10 to 16 petals) red blend having bright red petals with a the inner portion being white. It was classified as one of the "Hand Painted Mini's" from Sam McGredy.

  1. Little Carol (TINcarol)(PP007970) ----- Dee Bennett ----- 1990
    -- Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery

The rose is described as having deep pink blooms, and a strong fragrance. This is another rose that no self respecting TestosteROSEr can be without as it is named for Carol Sparks. I really was entertained by Sue O'Brien's description of this rose, that it is a vigourous grower which will get up to 5 feet tall (taller than the wonderful little lady it is named for). [Sonia x Jean Kenneally]

  1. Little Fireball ----- Ralph S. Moore ----- 1968
    -- Purchased at the Houston Rose Society Rose Show Fall 1999

This is a miniature orange-red & orange-red blend described as a repeat bloomer with strong fragrance. Cross of (R. wichuraiana x Floradora) x New Penny.

  1. Little Meghan (SPOmeg) ---- Spooner ---- 1993
    -- Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery

This is a very petite micro mini with deep yellow blooms. I decided to try this little gem because my new (and only) grand niece is named Meghan.

  1. Little Pinkie (MORpinkie) ---- Ralph S. Moore ---- 2000
    --Purchased from Sequoia Nursery (Moore's Miniatures)

This is a new introduction from Ralph Moore and is described in his catelog as follows: "Just imagine a bushy little plant with tiny leaves and no thorns, topped with small nickel sized double pink flowers and you have a picture of this new addition to the micro minis. Plant stays small (8 inch) and compact. A great pot or border plant. Supply limited this season. Won a blue ribbon at the 1st All Miniature Rose Show in Fresno, California." My first one came in and I planted it on October 21,2000. I think some type of critter got it but I got a new one which is in a small pot and I will gradually plant it in a bigger container as it grows.

  1. Loving Touch TM (Patent: PP 5835) ---- Nelson F. Jolly ---- 1983
    --Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery

Described as having sweetheart size blooms of apricot/apricot blend on a robust plant with dark green foliage. This is a cross (Rise 'n Shine x First Prize) with a plant which ranges in height from 12" to 30" and whose blooms may reach 3" in diameter. I got mine from Tiny Petals in June/July and it survived through the brutal weather in a large pot but has not really put on any significant growth. We will see how it progresses through the winter and spring. 1985 Award of Excellence. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.4

  1. Luis Desamero (TINluis) (Patent: PP007496) ---- Dee Bennett ---- 1989
    --Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery

Described as having light yellow blooms of 28 petals and fruity fragrance on a robust plant. This is a cross of Tiki x Baby KatieTM with a plant which ranges in height from 18" to 32" and whose blooms may reach 3" in diameter. I got mine from Tiny Petals and planted it in the garden October 21, 2000. I look foward to seeing how it performs once it is established. This variety has been a very successful rose in shows in Houston. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.7

  1. Madeline Spezzano (TINmad) ---- Dee Bennett ---- 1985
    --Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery

Described as a mini-flora with larger blooms of a nice pink with hybred Tea form on a robust plant with dark green foliage. I got mine from Tiny Petals in June/July and it survived through the brutal weather in a large pot but has not really put on any significant growth. We will see how it progresses through the winter and spring. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.0

  1. Magic Carousel (MORrousel)(Pat 3601) ----- Ralph S. Moore ----- 1972
    -- Purchased from Bridges Roses

An outstanding, red blend (picote), cross 'Little Darling' x 'Westmont'. The stiking color combination of this variety (creamy white with a vivid pink edge and a well formed center) took the rose buying public by storm when introduced. Plant is upright and vigorous. Tall, One of the best! Each white petal is edged with dark pink. This vigorous plant is a must for every garden with abundant bloom. 1975 Award of Excellence Winner. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.8. Per the November 1999 issue of the American Rose magazine this is one of the 1st inductees to the Miniature Rose Hall of Fame

  1. Marriotta (MACcricke) ----- Sam McGredy IV ----- 1989
    --- Purchased Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery - Delivered at Houston Rose Society Program

This rose is described in MR11 as being a deep pink flower with small blooms with side buds and sprays which are double (20 petals) with a slight fragrance. The foliage is small, medium green, semi-glossy, resistant to BS, and a bushy growth habit. According to the Tiny Petals Nursery brochure: "Each of the deep pink petals is edged with soft pink, as if they were outlined. The vigorous plant makes lots of beautiful sprays." [Seaspray x Little Artist]

  1. Mary Marshal ---- Ralph S. Moore ----- 1970
    ---- Purchased from Sequoia Nursery in Visalia, CA

This orange blend rose is described in MR11 as having long pointed buds and orange with yellow based blooms that are small cupped and double with a moderate fragrance. The foliage is small, leathery and the bush has a vigorous, dwarf, bushy growth habit. The Justice Miniatures brochure stated: "You will never tire of looking at the various patterns of orange, yellow and pink that makes each bloom unique." [Little Darling x Fairy Princess] 1975 Award of Excellence winner and most recent inductee in the Miniature Rose Hall of Fame.

  1. Michel CholetTM (FOUmich) ---- Betty A. Jacobs ---- 2000
    --Purchased from Houston Rose Society at the Fall Rose Show (Kimbrew-Walters)

Michel Cholet is described as an apricot/apricot blend with exhibition, high centered blooms and a mild fragrance. This should be a very fine miniature for exhibition.

  1. Miss PearlTM (HOOpearl) ---- John C. Hooper ---- 1991
    --Purchased from Houston Rose Society at the Fall Rose Show (Kimbrew-Walters)

Miss Pearl is a cross of Gene Boerner x Pacesetter and is described as being a light pink which to my eye is virtually white. It has a nice form and a pleasant spicy fragrance which is rather strong to my nose.

  1. Moonlight & Roses (BRImoon) PAF ----- Bridges --- 1998
    -- Purchased from Bridges Roses

A real eye-catcher! Great exhibition blooms of lavender changing to darker lavender then to red. Usually blooming singly. Strong plant Dark green, glossy foliage. 1998 Charlotte American Rose Society National Convention rose.

  1. Mother's Love (PAT 7484) ---- Bennett --- 1989
    -- Purchased from Bridges Roses
    -- Purchased 2nd from Tiny Petals Nursery

Well formed blooms in shades of pink and light yellow. Vigorous plant with long stems. (Tall) This bush has done well and I would describe it as reasonably heat tolerant. Sorry to report that this rose did not survive the brutal weather of July/August 2000. I really liked this rose so I have replaced it.

  1. Mr. Bluebird ---- Ralph S. Moore ----- 1960
    ---- Purchased from Sequoia Nursery in Visalia, CA

This miniature is described in MR11 as having ovoid buds and flowers that are lavender-blue semi-double (15 petals) and 1.25 inches in dia. The flowers are loosely petaled with a tendancy to shatter (showing its china ancestry). The foliage is dark and somewhat coarse and the plant has a compact, bushy growth habit. Height from 10 to 14 inches. The plant is free flowering, clean and easy to maintain. [Old Blush x Old Blush]

  1. Ms Mary (TINmary) ---- Dee Bennett ---- 1999
    -- Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery
    -- Purchased 2nd at the Houston Rose Society meeting when Sue O'Brien spoke --Tiny Petals Nursery

This is a miniature described wonderful garden form of a yellow blend, soft yellow blooms with a peach blush at the ends of the petals, repeats. Cross of Deep Purple x Fairest of Fair. I planted it in the garden on October 21, 2000 and hope to see it become firmly established and growing by Spring 2001. Mary Secord and Sue O'Brien have put some beautiful pictures of this rose on the Gardenweb rose forum which convinced me to get this rose. Thank you Mary, and Sue.

  1. My Sunshine (TINshine) (Patent: PP006453) ---- Dee Bennett ---- 1986
    --- Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery

This is a miniature described wonderful form of a yellow single, bright yellow blooms of 5 petals, strongly fragrant and repeats. Cross of Deep Purple x Fairest of Fair. I planted it in the garden on October 21, 2000 and hope to see it become firmly established and growing by Spring 2001. This roses also came in with a bud on the bush which opened and provided a wonderful flower that looked just like its pictures. Thank you Sue for recommending this single miniature. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.6 I am expecting some really good blooms this summer.

  1. Old Fashioned Girl (TINold) ----- Bennett ----- 1992
    --- Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery- Delivered at Houston Rose Society Program

This miniature rose is described in MR11 as having flowers of soft lavender to white opening very full with a form like an OGR; double (26 - 40 petals), exhibition quality, intensely fragrant blooms of 1.5 to 2.75 inch diameter. The foliage is small, medium green, semi-glossy. The plant has bushy growth habit. [Blue Ribbon x Unnamed miniature seedling]

  1. Ooh! Baby! (TINbaby) ---- Bennett ----- 2000
    --- Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery- Delivered at Houston Rose Society Program

This rose is described in the Tiny Petals Nursery brochure as follows: "(Say it slow and sexy, 'cause this mini is gorgeous.) Here is a rose with everything ... long stemmed, rich red blooms with a base of pink, show form , a rich fruity fragrance, vigorous growth and healthy dark green foliage. It makes loads of flowers for exhibiting and for breathtaking garden display." Sue highly recommended this rose and I am looking forward to growing this mini.

  1. Orange Parfait TM (MORjoyart) ----- Ralph S. Moore --- 1998
    -- Purchased at the Houston Rose Society Rose Show Fall 1999

This rose is an orange/orange blend repeat bloom 24 petals. Sequoia Nursery says this rose has soft orange-colored buds that open to flowers of the same color... it has exhibition form and is excellent for cutting...

  1. Overnight ScentsationTM (SAVanight) (Patent: PP011303) ---- Saville ---- 1997
    --Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery

The latest introduction in our ScentsationTM series of intensely fragrant minis, This rose went into space on the Space Shuttle. Listed as a cross of Taxi (Floribunda, Trew, 1969 x Lavender JadeTM. Described as a Mini-Flora with medium pink 52 to 62 petals with a bloom of 3" average diameter. ARS interim rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.1 Ht. 36"

  1. Paintbrush --- Ralph S. Moore ----- 1975
    ---- Purchased from Sequoia Nursery in Visalia, CA

This miniature moss rose is described in MR11 as having mossy buds that open to soft yellow to white, small flowers with 8 to 10 petals. The blooms are 1.5 inches dia. The foliage is small, glossy and leathery. The plant has a vigorous, upright, bushy growth habit. [Fairy Moss x Goldmoss]

  1. Party Girl (SAV) (Pat 4598) ----- Saville ----- 1979
    -- Purchased from Bridges Roses

Cross 'Rise 'n Shine' x 'Sheri Anne'. An outstanding, high-centered bloom of soft apricot yellow, flushed with salmon pink. Exhibition form. Plant is upright and vigorous. A top exhibition rose in the US. Ht. 12-16". 1981 Award of Excellence. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.6. Per the November 1999 issue of the American Rose magazine this is one of the 1st inductees to the Miniature Rose Hall of Fame

  1. Peaches 'n' Cream (Patent: PP 4278) ---- Woolcock ---- 1976
    -- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX

This is a miniature pink blend described as a repeat bloomer with mild fragrance, 52 petals. Cross of Little Darling x Magic Wand. Received and planted in September 2000 and got my first blooms which I would describe as small, with a nice pink and cream color blend in an HT formed bloom. The plants should attain a height of 15" to 18" and is reputed to be susceptible to powdery mildew. 1977 Award of Excellence. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.9

  1. Peggy TTM (KINtee) ----- Benson E "Gene" King ----- 1988
    --Purchased from Michaels Premier Roses in Sacramento, CA

This rose is a bright red single (5 petals) with yellow stamen on long stems. It is a cross of 'Poker Chip x Rise 'n' Shine. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.5

  1. Petite Folie( (MEIherode) ---- Meiland ---- 1968
    -- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX

This old Meiland rose, hybridized in France is a cross ([Dany Robin x Fire King {Meiland Floribunda, 1959}] x [CriCri x Perla de Monserrat]) which is described as having blooms that are orange/orange blend with a fruity fragrance. The blooms I have gotten are small with an old fashion look. I received these roses in September 2000. They are planted in the garden and are thriving. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 6.8

  1. Pierrine (MICpie) (PRR) ----- M. Williams, 1988
    -- Purchased from The Mini-Rose Garden, Cross Hill, SC.

This rose is a cross (Tike x Party Girl) raised by Michael Williams. (Per MR10) Flowers are medium salmon pink, reverse slightly lighter, dbl. (40 petals), high centered, exhibition, medium size, borne singly; slight, damask fragrance; foliage medium green, semi-glossy, serrated edges; prickles curved down slightly, light green; fruit rounded, green to orangy-yellow; upright medium growth. A beautiful medium pink, very double rose that opens slowly and holds its form and substance for a very long time. Excellent for showing, arranging, and the garden. A deeper coral pink in cooler weather. A beautiful rose named for a beautiful lady "Pierrine Byrd". ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 9.2

  1. Pink Porcelain (TINporce) ---- Dee Bennett ---- 1983
    --Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery

Described as a miniature with blooms that look like porcelain. It is a cross of 'Futura' x 'Avandel' which should be a older miniature. I got mine from Tiny Petals in June/July and it survived through the brutal weather in a large pot but has not really put on any significant growth. We will see how it progresses through the winter and spring. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.2

  1. PlayGoldTM (MORplaygold) ----- Moore, 1998
    -- Purchased from Sequoiah Nursery (Moore's Miniatures)

Moore's newest ARS Award winner! Bushy rounded plant (15 - 18") with healthy disease resistant foliage. Pointed buds open to 1 ( - 2" single (5 to 8 petals) bright orange/yellow flowers changing to soft pink and orange as they age. Blooms singly and in loose clusters. I have really liked this rose such that I decided to get a 2nd one when I saw it at the HRS Spring Rose Show in April 2001. -- 1998 ARS Award of Excellence.

  1. Pucker Up (TINpuck) ----- Dee Bennett ----- 1982
    -- Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery

The rose is described as having oriental red blooms, and a mild fragrance, double (23 petals). This is the 2nd in a group of three which Sue mentions in her talk on mini roses. The rose names ending in "UP" are a nice group. I am intrigued with the color description of "oriental red" as it will introduce an interesting contrast to the garden. [Futura x Avandel]

  1. Quiet Time (TINquiet) (Patent: PP 9786) ---- Dee Bennett ---- 1995
    --Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery

Described as a mini-flora with larger blooms of a nice pale lavender on a large healthy plant. It is a cross (Lagerfeld TM x Ernie) which should be a nice color. I got mine from Tiny Petals in June/July and it survived through the brutal weather in a large pot but has not really put on any significant growth. We will see how it progresses through the winter and spring. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.7

  1. Raindrops TM (SAVarain) (Pat. 7448)----- Saville ----- 1989
    --Purchased from Teas Nursery in Houston, TX

Cross 'Sachet' x 'Rainbow's End'. A profuse-blooming plant with petite lavender flowers with a cream reverse. The upright plant is covered with dozens of blooms in large sprays of 5 to 20 florets. A nice garden rose. Ht. 12-16". ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.4

  1. Reiko (JALray) ----- Brad Jalbert ----- 1995
    --Purchased from Houston Rose Society at Fall Show

Described as a Pink blend miniature, repeat bloom with strong fragrance. The June 1998 issue of the American Rose, p. 20, says the name of this rose has changed from 'Reiko(tm)' to Reiko. Cross of Winsome x Springwood Gold.

  1. Rise 'n' Shine (PP 4231) ----- Ralph S. Moore ----- 1977
    -- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX

Described in MR10 as cross 'Little Darling' x 'Yellow Magic' with buds long, pointed; flowers rich medium yellow, dbl. (35 petals), high centered, small (1( in.); fragrant; bushy, upright growth. With catalogs describing it as a bright yellow double bloom and well shaped plant. Very profuse bloomer, a tall and vigorous plant. 1977 ARS Award of Excellence. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.7. Per the November 1999 issue of the American Rose magazine this is one of the 1st inductees to the Miniature Rose Hall of Fame

  1. Rose GilardiTM (MORose) ----- Ralph S. Moore ----- 1987
    --Purchased from Houston Rose Society at Fall Show

Rose Gilardi is a miniature moss rose described in the Moore catalog as having slender mossy buds which open into semi-double flowers of a striped red and pink. There is a very fine picture of a bloom at Cheryl Netter's website. It is linked above. Clean, bushy plant which is a good performer. The plant I got has nice foliage and has had one flower when I got it and two buds which are opening to very pretty flowers. The prickles cover the stem and bud and sepals which give this rose its mossy appearance. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.1

  1. Rose Window (Seedling x 'Over the Rainbow') ----- E.D. Williams ----- 1978
    -- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX

This rose is described in MR10 as: Buds ovoid, pointed; flowers orange, yellow and red blend, semi-dbl. (15 - 20 petals), small (1 in.); slightly fragrant; foliage small, dark; spreading, bushy growth. Per catalogs this is a blend of yellow, orange and red blooms borne one to a stem on a vigorous, heavy-blooming plant. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.0

  1. Rosy Dawn ----- Dee Bennett ----- 1982
    -- -- Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery

This rose is described in the Tiny Petals brochure as "having yellow blooms with each petal edged in deep pink to scarlet. These hybrid tea-type flowers are bountiful on a vigorous plant with shiny, disease resistant foliage." I decided on this rose because of Sue O'Brien's high recommendation of this rose. This is a cross of Magic Carrousel x Magic Carrousel.

  1. Rowdy Roy (Test Rose #330) ---- Bennett ----- 2003
    --- Received from Tiny Petals Nursery - Delivered at Houston Rose Society Program

I was given the honor of being one of 4 persons who are growing Rowdy Roy to evaluate how this rose performs in our hot humid Houston, TX climate. I have planted this rose and have gotten two blooms from the rose. This appears to be a wonderful rose with nice blooms of a deep burgundy red stripped with a lighter pink to white. It is a wonderful bloom with good form and opens with a wonderful round symmetry. The petals have a nice dense stature giving the blooms great substance. I will update my description as I grow this new rose. Thank you Dick and Sue for allowing me to be one of the TestosteROSErs.

  1. Sachet TM (SAVasach) (Pat. 5967) ----- Saville ----- 1986
    --Purchased from Teas Nursery --Purchased 2nd from Nor'East Miniature Roses Inc.

One of the most fragrant miniatures to date. Its damask rose scent fills the air. Spectacular in the garden, the lilac buds unfurl to double, flat, full-open blooms of lavender with bright yellow stamens. Not a candidate for Mini Queen, but a shoo-in for the open bloom class. Fragrant. Ht. 18-24". This one also succumbed to the heat/drought of August 1999, I have replaced this rose in October 2000 because it was a wonderfully fragrant pretty rose with nice dark lilac colored blooms. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.2

  1. SandalwoodTM (JALwood) ---- B. Jalbert ---- 1995
    --Purchased from Houston Rose Society at Houston Home & Garden Show

Sandalwood is a cross of 'Blushing Blue x 'Springwood Gold'. The flowers are russet with lighter edges, dbl. (15 to 25 petals), medium (1 inch) blooms borne in small clusters; no fragrance; some prickles. I have now replaced this wonderful rose. The foliage is medium green, glossy leaves with medium (12 inch) height and compact, bushy growth habit.

  1. Scarlet Moss (MORcarlet) (Patent: PP007128) ---- Mini Moss ---- Ralph S. Moore ---- 1988
    --Purchased from Sequoia Nursery (Moore's Miniatures)

After getting Rose Gilardi, I decided I really like the miniature moss roses. This one is described as having medium red blooms of 10 petals and a strong fragrance with the mossy buds. It is a cross of [Dortmund x Seedling-Sämling] x [Dortmund x Seedling-Sämling]. Should be larger than Dresden Doll with height up to 18". It is planted in the garden on October 21, 2000. Hopefully will become strongly established by Spring. If it does as well as my Dortmund it should be a great rose! ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.7

  1. Scentsational TM (SAVascent) (PPAF) ---- Saville ---- 1995
    --Purchased from Nor'East Miniature Roses Inc.

The first introduction in our ScentsationTM series of intensely fragrant minis, this light mauve has petals edged with pink and a cream reverse. Listed as a cross of Lavender JadeTM x Silverado. Buds are urn-shaped, unfurling to exhibition form. The plant grows to about 30 inches and has medium-green foliage. The flowers grow in small clusters, but mostly one-bloom-to-a-stem, making ScentsationalTM a wonderful cut flower. This is a beautiful rose and I just had to get a second one and plant it in the ground. A bouquet will perfume an entire room. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.6 Ht. 24-30"

  1. Seattle ScentsationTM (SAVaseat) ---- Saville ---- 1996
    --Purchased from Nor'East Miniature Roses Inc.

The second introduction in our ScentsationTM series of intensely fragrant minis. Listed as a cross of Lavender JadeTM x New Zealand. The pictures indicate this will be a darker and solid mauve color. My plant arrived in October 2000 and I have planted it in the garden. I look forward to it being a nice fragrant rose when established. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.4 Ht. 24-30".

  1. Secret Recipe (MORwinst) ---- Mini Moss ---- Ralph S. Moore ---- 1994
    --Purchased from Sequoiah Nursery (Moore's Miniatures)

After getting Rose Gilardi, I decided I really like the miniature moss roses. It only seems fitting that I should get this roses described as having deep wine to red and white striped semi-double blooms and a mild fragrance with the pointed mossy buds. It is a cross of Little Darling x Seedling-Sämling. Should be larger than Dresden Doll with height of 113/4" to 153/4". It is planted in the garden on October 21, 2000. Hopefully will become strongly established by Spring! ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.7

  1. Si (Perla de Montserrat x [Anny x Tom Thumb]) ----- Dot, 1957
    -- Purchased from Sequoia Nursery (Moore's Miniatures)
    -- Purchased 2nd from Tiny Petals Nursery

This early miniature has the reputation for being the world's smallest rose. The flowers are pale pink and very small with buds the size of "a grain of wheat", opening to a flower which is supposed to be approx. 1 cm in diameter. Described in MR10 as flowers rosy white, micro mini, small; dwarf growth habit. 1997 ARS rating of 7.5 (per the 1998 handbook). I have tried this rose twice and both plants have died. I may try a 3rd time some time in the future.

  1. Simplex ----- Ralph S. Moore ----- 1961
    --Purchased from Michaels Premier Roses in Sacramento, CA

This rose is a true pioneer rose of the miniature class. This 5 petaled white came on the market before many were born (I was 11 years old) and this year it faces its "dreaded 39th birthday". It is a cross of [R. wichuraiana x 'Flora Dora'] x Seedling-Sämling. It is described as haveing a sprawling habit, matte green foliage and the flowers are nicely accented by yellow stamens with mild fragrance. Height of 12" to 18". ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.7

  1. SorcererTM (SAVasorc) (Patent: PP009507) ---- Saville ---- 1994
    --Purchased from Nor'East Miniature Roses Inc.

I have seen this rose before and it is very pretty, a deep red and described as having an old rose fragrance. It is a cross of Gingersnap x Rainbow's EndTM. It does have HT form and repeats well. I got my plant as the "Cracker Jack" rose in an order and it arrived in early October 2000. I have planted it in a front bed and it looks healthy and I will look forward to this rose getting established. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.7

  1. Soroptimist International (BENstar) ---- Bernardella ---- 1995
    --Purchased from Houston Rose Society at Houston Home & Garden Show

This miniature with the unusual name is described as a pink blend with a nice rich shrimp-pink and light creamy yellow reverses. It is classified as a mini but is probably better described as a mini-flora with a petal count of 41, an average diameter of 1-3/4 inches. The blooms are full with show form and mild fragrance.

  1. Spring Bouquet (TINspring) ----- Dee Bennett ----- 1985
    -- Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery

This is a miniature described as having pink to pink blend hybrid tea type blooms, strongly fragrant and repeats. Cross of Portrait x Party Girl(r). I planted it in the garden on October 21, 2000 and hope to see it become firmly established and growing by Spring 2001. I selected this roses because it is supposed to be very fragrant.

  1. Starina (MEIgabi) (Pat. 2646) ----- Meilland, 1965
    -- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX

This rose is a cross ([Dany Robin x Fire King] x Perla de Montserrat) described in MR10 as having flowers orange-scarlet, dbl., small; foliage glossy; vigorous, dwarf growth. Luminous orange-red with yellow at the base of the petals. These blooms cover this plant which has strong disease resistant foliage. Lost the one in a pot so purchased a 2nd one and put it into my miniature rose bed. One of the highest rated roses of all time. Superb form. Consistent show winner and a favorite. Fragrant. Ht. 14-18". Won the Gold Medal in Japan, 1968 and the Anerkannte Deutsche Rose (Germany) in 1971. It was rated the top miniature in 1977 (1st w/ 9.4) and had an ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses of 8.6 Per the November 1999 issue of the American Rose magazine this is one of the 1st inductees to the Miniature Rose Hall of Fame

  1. Stormy WeatherTM (MINistorm) ---- Ernest D. Williams ---- 1994
    -- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX

This rose is a cross of (seedling - Sämling x Twilight TrailTM) which has blooms described as lavender, mauve and mauve blend with strong fragrance. 26 to 40 petals, full, high centered, small bloom form of 1 ( inch diameter. The plant grows to height of 24" to 30". I got this in from Chamblee's in September 2000 and planted in the garden. The plant is thriving.

  1. Sunny Day TM (SAVasun) (Pat. 6213) ----- Saville ----- 1986
    --Purchased from Nor'East Miniature Roses Inc.

A very prolific plant with bright yellow, well-formed flowers. In full sun the petal edges are flushed with red. A superior garden variety that gives constant bright color in spring, summer, and fall. Bush is symmetrical and compact. Fragrant. Ht. 12-14". ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.2

  1. Sun Sprinkles (JAChal) ----- John Walden ----- 1999
    -- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX

This rose is described as having deep yellow [ARS dy] 2-inch blooms (double) of 25 to 30 petals and good repeat with a mild spicy fragrance on a very carefree heathy bush with disease resistant, dark green, glossy foliage. Sun Sprinkles is only the 5th miniature to win All-American Rose Selection honors. Upright and rounded, Sun Sprinkles will grow to 18 to 24 inches. John Walden hybridized Sun Sprinkles by combining Yellow Jacket with an unnamed seedling.

  1. Suzy (BRIsuzy) (Pat. 7738) ---- Bridges ----- 1990
    -- Purchased at the Houston Rose Society Rose Show Fall 1999

Suzy is a beautiful miniature of medium height with blooms of exhibition form and medium pink color with tremendous substance. It does bloom profusely though I have had it only for a short time. As described it will be excellent and "has it all for show, garden display and cut flower." 1991 Award of Excellence. (per Bridges Catalog). A beautiful medium pink bloom on a vigorous well-rounded plant with attractive disease-resistant foliage. Blooms profusely. (Medium) [per Mini-Rose Garden Catalog] ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.7

  1. Sweet Arlene ----- Dee Bennett ----- 2002
    -- Purchased 2 from Tiny Petals Nursery

There has been a multitude of wonderful comments about this new introduction from Tiny Petals, so I had to have 2. Is it a blue rose? The color is described as a pale lavender mini-flora with show form blooms on long stems with a heavenly fragrance which is very strong. It is supposed to be a vigorous grower which may attain 3 feet in height. I hope this grows well in the Houston area.

  1. Sweet Caroline (MICaroline) PPAF ----- Michael Williams --- 1999
    -- Purchased from Bridges Roses

Tall plant with beautiful red & white bicolor blooms. Exhibition form which open slowly on a vigorous slightly spreading plant. Profuse blooms repeat quickly. Long Pointed buds open slowly to beautiful, high centered exhibition quality blooms. The plant is vigorous and upright, although some early canes may tend to spread slightly. Blooms continuously, usually one bloom per stem. This rose should please everyone from those just beginning to grow minis to the most avid exhibitor. (Tall) 1999 Award of Excellence Winner

  1. Sweet Chariot (MORchari) (Pat. 5975) ----- Ralph S. Moore ----- 1985
    -- Purchased from Sequoia Nursery (Moore's Miniatures)
    -- Purchased 2nd from Tiny Petals Nursery

Beautiful miniature with flowers varying in shades of lavender, lilac and purple. This rose has hardy, dwarf, bushy, spreading, much branched habit, buds and flowers of varying shades of lilac, purple and pinkish lavender, the bud being pointed in the early opening stage with the full open flower being rounded to slightly cupped with 55-60 petals; and further characterized by a plant of compact, vigorous, well rounded shape, with an abundance of small matt foliage, the flowers being very fragrant and borne usually in clusters of 5 to 15 or more. I like this rose so well I have ordered a 2nd plant to put into the garden. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.0

  1. Sweet Melody (FISmelody) ----- M. Fischer ----- 1998
    --- Purchased from Michaels Premier Roses

This rose is a sport of Pierrine and is described as having white to near white blooms and the wonderful exhibition form that we see in Pierrine. There is a very fine photo at Michaels Premier Roses website.

  1. Sweet Nothings (JACenram) ---- Dr. Keith W. Zary ---- 2000
    --- Purchase from RCW Nurseries, Houston, TX

This new miniature is described as an "English Mini" and came from Jackson and Perkins. In the RCW catalog it is described as: "A heavily petaled mini flowered rose, the blooms open in impresive clusters with a loose OGR form and a strong damask fragrance." Should be 30 inches in height and have 2.5 inch blooms with 25 petals. The seed parent is La Marne. [La Marne x seedling-sämling]

  1. Sweet Revenge (TINrevenge) (Patent: PP009776) ---- Dee Bennett ----- 1995
    --Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery

Cross 'Tony Jacklin' x 'Pucker Up'. Described as orange/orange blend or "cantelope color", Hybrid Tea form roses on a vigorous plant. I purchased mine and it was delivered in July 2000 and is planted in a large pot where it has survived the brutal weather of July/August 2000 but has not put on much growth. Height range is 24" to 36". ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.1

  1. Sweet Sue ---- Dee Bennett ---- 1979
    --Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery

Cross of Pink Ribbon (Miniature, Moore, 1966) x Pink Ribbon (Miniature, Moore, 1966). Described as having petite, light pink blooms in clusters. This micro miniature will be very small with nice medium green foliage. I mine arrived in October 2000 and is planted in a medium sized pot. The plant was so small that I almost thought that the rose in the little packaged 3 1/2" pot must have broken off in shipping. But once I had unrapped the plastic there the tiny bush was!! I will quote Sue O'Brien: "As I told you, 'Sweet Sue' is a true MICRO-mini. I have the original plant, which is over 20 years old; and it has never been more than 10 inches high. Only 'Si', whose buds are the size of a grain of rice makes blooms and foliage smaller than this tiny rose, 'Sweet Sue'."

  1. Teddy Bear TM (SAVabear) (Pat. 7424) ----- Saville ----- 1989
    --Purchased from Teas Nursery

A color-breakthrough, Teddy BearTM is a unique terra cotta color (russet). A picture of my Teddy Bear bloom . The plant is upright and vigorous, bloom is profuse, usually one to a stem. The flowers have form and a long-lasting quality. I really love this rose and when I lost the first one to the brutal weather in July/August 2000, I made a point of replacing it with a second plant from Teas and this one has been put in the garden in a miniature rose bed. Foliage is dark green, leathery, and plentiful. Ht. 16-20". ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 6.5

  1. Think Pink (TINthink) (PP5670) ---- Bennett ----- 1983
    --- Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery- Delivered at Houston Rose Society Program

This rose is described in MR11 as having small medium pink flowers with golden stamen, double (28 petals) with intense apple fragrance. The foliage is small, medium green, semi-glossy with a plant that has a bushy growth habit. The Tiny Petals Nursery brochure describes Think Pink as: "Candy pink flowers with a fragrance like fresh apples make this rose a treat for the senses. The healthy compact plant makes a wonderful show in a planter box or as a sweet smelling border plant." [Electron x Little Chief]

  1. Tiny Flame (Micro) (cross (R. wichuraiana x Floradora) x New Penny) ----- Ralph S. Moore ----- 1969
    -- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX
    -- Purchased 2nd from Sequoia Nursery (Moore's Miniatures)

This micro-mini rose has coral-orange-red flowers, double, very small. The foliage is very small, with dwarf (6 inches), bushy growth. It has been very heat tolerant considering the extreme temperatures of this summer of 1998. Though my first one succumbed in 2000 I like the rose so well that I ordered a replacement from Sequoia

  1. Tiny Petals (TINypetals) ---- Dee Bennett ---- 1993
    --Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery

Cross 'San Antonio' x 'Jean Kenneally'. Described as coral color, brilliant show form roses on a vigorous plant. I purchased mine and it was delivered in July 2000 and is planted in a large pot where it has survived the brutal weather of July/August 2000 but has not put on much growth. Ht. 233/4" to 313/4". ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.5

  1. Tiny Tears ----- Bennett ----- 1979
    --- Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery- Delivered at Houston Rose Society Program

This rose is described in MR11 as having ovoid buds which open to pink micro-mini flowers which bloom in clusters of 10 to 25, single (5 petal) flowers. The foliage is glossy and dark and the plant has a trailing growth habit. [Pink Ribbon x Pink Ribbon]

  1. Tom Thumb -- (cross - Rouletii x Gloria Mundi) ----- de Vink ----- 1936
    -- Purchased from Sequoia Nursery (Moore's Miniatures)

Also known as Peon this rose is described as having deep crimson flowers with white center, semi-double, 1" dia. The bush has leathery, light green foliage with a very dwarf growth habit. This was introduced in the USA by Conard - Pyle Company.

  1. Ultimate Pleasure (TINpleasure) ----- Dee Bennett ----- 1999
    --Purchased both from Tiny Petals Nursery

Described as a miniature and the ultimate pink miniature with blooms of exhibition form, light pink with slightly darker pink reverse, a fruity fragrance on a large healthy plant. It is a cross Gene Boerner x Jean Kenneally. I got mine from Tiny Petals and planted it in the ground October 21, 2000. We will see how it progresses through the winter and spring. I am looking forward to having some spectacular blooms by the time Sue O'Brien visits Houston in May 2001.

  1. Vineyard Song (MORgrapes) ----- Ralph S. Moore ----- 1999
    --Purchased from Sequoiah Nursery (Moore's Miniatures)

Like bunches of grapes in varying shades of lavender, this new shrub makes a colorful display for the garden. Glossy foliage covers this spreading plant and the delightful sprays of double lavender flowers fill the air with fragrance. Bush described as reaching 2' to 3' in height & width.

  1. Violet Mist (TINviolet) ----- Dee Bennett ----- 1994
    --Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery

Described at the Tiny Petals website as a fine example of the new class of Mini-Flora. This is a cross of LagerfeldTM x Ernie and produces "pale lavender blooms which look fragile but last for days. Slightly larger than most minis, the sweetheart blooms on long stems are somewhere between minis and floribundas."

  1. Winter Magic (FOUmagic) ----- Betty A. Jacobs ----- 1986
    --Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery

Described as a miniature with a most lovely mauve white color of bloom and a citrus tea fragrance which repeats. It is either a cross of Rise 'n' Shine x Blue Nile or a sport of Cafe Ole. I got mine from Tiny Petals and planted it in the ground October 21, 2000. We will see how it progresses through the winter and spring. I got my first bloom from this rose and it was wonderful. It was a beautiful pale mauve (almost grey) with a strong fruit tea fragrance. I gave it to a friend who said it dried beautifully to a powder blue. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.3

  1. X-Rated (TINx) ---- Bennett ----- 1993
    --- Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery- Delivered at Houston Rose Society Program

This rose is described in MR11 as having creamy white flowers, edges blush a soft coral to pink, double (26 - 40 petals) 1.5 inch dia. Blooms borne mostly singly with intense fragrance. The plant has some prickles, small medium green, semi-glossy foliage and a medium, bushy growth habit. The Tiny Petals Nursery brochure describes it as follows: "Beautiful white blooms with a blush of coral to deep pink on the outer petals; perfectly sculpted flowers on long stems; a rich, sweet fragrance; a generous , fast growing plant = SUCCESS on the trophy table and in the garden." [Tiki x Baby Katie]

  1. Yantai (TINtai) ----- Bennett ----- 1989
    --- Purchased from Tiny Petals Nursery- Delivered at Houston Rose Society Program

This rose is described in MR11 as a mini-flora with ovoid buds opening to pastel yellow flowers with deeper yellow in the center, double (28 petals) exhibition form and moderate fruity fragrance. Foliage is medium size and colored medium green, semi-glossy. The plant has a bushy, spreading , tall and vigorous growth habit. Sue told us in her program that this is one of 3 roses that will grow and bloom in a mostly shady location. The Tiny Petals Nursery brochure describes: "Abundant blooms of pale cream to golden yellow with a soft pink blush give a deceptively fragile appearance to these fragrant flowers. The bush is vigorous and disease resistant." [Portrait x Party Girl]


Old Garden Roses

  1. Grüß an Tepliz ---- Bourbon ---- Geschwind ---- 1897
    --Purchased from Chamblee's Roses in Tyler, Texas.

Described as having medium red blooms with strong fragrance and repeat bloom. Bred in Hungary as a cross of [(Sir Joseph Paxton x Fellenberg) x Papa Gontier] x Gloire de Rosomanes with some dispute regarding parentage. I got this plant in September 2000 and have planted it in a half whiskey barrel and it appears to be doing fine. We will see how it performs this Spring. This rose is included in the World Federation of Rose Societies Old Rose Hall of Fame. The Old Rose Hall of Fame recognizes roses of historical or genealogical important and those roses which have enjoyed continued popularity over a great many years. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.2

  1. Louise Odier ---- Bourbon ---- Margottin ---- 1851.
    --Purchased from Chamblee's Roses in Tyler, Texas.

Described as a robust and healthy plant per Yesterday's Roses as noted at their website, I purchased this rose in September 2000. I have it in the ground and we will see how it performs here in Houston, TX. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.5

  1. Souvenir de la Malmaison ---- Bourbon (Mme. Desprez x unk Tea rose) ---- Beluze ---- 1843.
    --Purchased from Chamblee's Roses in Tyler, Texas.

Described as a must have plant and per Yesterday's Roses as noted at their website, "this is the quintessential 'Old Rose'". I purchased this rose in September 2000. I have it in a half whiskey barrel as it does not get as large as Louise Odier and we will see how it performs here in Houston, TX. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.7

  1. Eugene de Beauharnais ---- China/Bourbon ---- Hardy ---- 1838.
    --- Purchased from Michaels Premier Roses

Described as either a Bourbon/Cl. Bourbon or a China/Cl. China / Bengale; with dark mauve old fashioned blooms that are strongly fragrant and good repeat. I have heard some very good comments about this rose and if it performs as well as my other OGR's (China's especially) then it will be spectacular in about 2 or 3 years!

  1. Cramoisi Supérieur (A. k. a. 'Agripinna') ---- China Rose ---- Coquereau ---- 1835.
    --Purchased from Teas Nursery in Houston, TX

Cramoisi Supérieur was one of the first European hybrids to incorporate the rich, clear red of Slater's Crimson China. It is probably through such early China Roses that the Hybrid Perpetuals (and later, the Hybrid Teas,) inherited the bright red colors so welcome in modern gardens. Cramoisi Supérieur's flowers are exquisitely formed little globes, no more than 2 in. across. The edges of each petal curl back as the flower develops, and the central petals often show streaks of white. What the flowers lack in size they make up for in quantity, for blooms come by the half dozen in loose clusters and repeat continuously from late spring until frost. Though often described as scentless, the rose I grow under this name has a distinct "cherry candy" perfume, not unlike many modern Hybrid Tea roses. Cramoisi Supérieur is quintessential China Rose in its growth habit, with sparse, glossy foliage and wiry stems. The plants have an airy, open quality, which blends well in the perennial border. With an eventual height of 3 - 31/2 ft. Cramoisi Supérieur is also an excellent candidate for growing in containers. Disease resistance is fairly strong, with only a slight tendency toward blackspot. However, as with most true China Roses, Cramoisi Supérieur is sensitive to extreme cold, and cannot be safely recommended north of USDA Zone 6. There is also very good information and picture of CRAMOISI SUPÉRIEUR at Timeless Roses website.

  1. Ducher ---- China Rose ---- Jean-Claude Ducher ---- 1869
    --Purchased from Chamblee's Roses in Tyler, Texas

The flowers of this rose are double, white with an occasional touch of blush. This is the only white china that I know of and I am looking forward to seeing this rose thrive. It is brand new, but if it shows the same growth habits and performs as all of my other china roses in my garden it shoud be marvelous!

  1. Louis Philippe ---- China Rose ---- Guérin ---- 1834
    --Purchased from Teas Nursery

The flowers of this rose are double, deep crimson with a touch of blush at the center and like all old Chinas exhibits an occasional white streak through the petals. This rose is often confused with 'Cramoisi Superieur'. The only difference we can detect is that 'Louis Philippe' is more compact and the color varies. A Texas statesman, Lorenzo de Zavala, collected this rose during his 1834 stint as Minister to France and planted it at his home in Lynchburg, TX (Houston metropolitan area). size: 3 to 5 feet Zone 7 to 9 Repeat blooming, Fragrant, red blend. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.6

  1. Mutabilis ---- China Rose, ---- breeder unknown ---- Before 1894
    --Purchased from Buchanans Nursery in Houston Heights

Many China Roses deepen in color as their flowers are exposed to sunlight, but Mutabilis carries this to the extreme. Bright orange buds open into single flowers of soft honey-yellow. By their second day they change back to orange or peachy-pink, and then deepen to carmine on day three. Since the clustered flowers open sequentially, all of these colors appear at once upon the plant. The effect might be garish on any other rose, but with its loose and elegantly twisted petals, Mutabilis looks as if a flock of dainty butterflies had invaded the garden. In fact, Mutabilis is sometimes sold as "The Butterfly Rose". Though Mutabilis lacks fragrance, it redeems itself with prolific and continuous repeat bloom throughout the growing season. The fine, elegantly pointed, reddish foliage makes an ideal background for the multicolored flowers. Healthy and vigorous, Mutabilis is an outstanding garden plant that is especially useful in making transitions between yellow and pink color schemes in the border. The plants usually reach 4 or 5 feet, but in warm climates, they will grow much larger even climbing to 8 feet or beyond. There is also very good information and picture of MUTABILIS at Timeless Roses website. Hardy to USDA Zone 6. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.7

  1. Napoléon ----- China ----- Laffay ----- 1835
    --- Purchased from Buchanan's Nursery in the Houston Heights

There are few descriptions of this rose but I have seen it described as similar in color to Old Blush but with more petals. Brent Dickerson in his "Old Rose Advisor" describes this rose as: "Blush; or Yellow tinted crimson. Flowers large, full, flared; pale pink touched crimson. Blush, mottled with pink, large and double, cupped form." The ARE brochure describes it: " ... Rather similar to Old Blush, yet fuller, the blooms have pointed petals that are a lovely shade of pink darkening to rose. Typical China-like qualities are seen in this rose with its rounded shape and lush foliage."

  1. Rosa chinensis viridiflora (The Green Rose) ----- China ----- Bambridge & Harrison ----- before 1845
    --- Purchased from Buchanan's Nursery in the Houston Heights

Often called "The Green Rose", this is one of the most unusual roses in that the blooms are made up of only sepals. Otherwise this is a very typical china type rose and makes an interesting contrast to other OGR's. It has been known to make it to the trophy table on occasion. Typical China-like qualities are seen in this rose with its rounded shape and lush foliage.

  1. Rouletii ----- Miniature China ----- found 1922
    -- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX

A very dwarf shrub with a continuous display of small, but nicely shaped, double, lilac pink flowers less than 1/2 inch across. One of the varieties of R. chinensis minima, 'Rouletii' was discovered rather far from its native ground, growing in window pots of cottages in a Swiss village. This diminutive plant is excellent as a low border, and an obvious natural for containers. It is also considered to be the "granddaddy" of modern miniatures as apparently all modern miniatures were hybrid descendants of this rose. Grows from 1 to 3 feet. Z6-9/R/mp. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.7

  1. Slater's Crimson ----- China ----- Prior to 1790
    -- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX

Slater's Crimson China, introduced in 1790. One of the "Stud Chinas" it differ from the Old European Garden Roses in several significant respects. They bear loose, semi-double flowers on thin, wiry stems, sparsely clothed in shiny, red-tinted foliage. They are lightly, if at all, fragrant and are relatively sensitive to cold. In contrast to the Old European types, whose flowers fade with age, the blossoms of these China Roses generally grow darker upon exposure. As contrasting to Old Blush this rose provides bright red blooms. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.6

  1. Autumn Damask (Rosa x damascena bifera) ----- Damask ----- before 1862 (ancient)
    -- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX

Versions of the Damask rose have been grown for hundreds of years, having formed the basis for the rose oil industry. The Autumn Damask to our minds is identical with the Summer Damask, except that the former blooms sporadically through Summer and Fall, as well as abundantly in the Spring. All are exceedingly fragrant. 'Autumn Damask', introduced into Europe almost two thousand years (yes, twenty centuries) before either China or Tea roses is in fact the first remontant rose found in Europe. Flowers are produced in a major flush during spring, with a second, lesser flush during the fall. The blooms themselves are loosely double, and of a clear pink which is not the least bit abrasive in hue. Canes grow to a lax six feet or so, and flowering will be improved if the stems are pruned back to four feet. 'Autumn Damask' is also attractive pegged or trained along a fence. Fragrance is excellent, and disease resistance is good. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.2

  1. Alfred de Dalmas (AKA Mousseline) ----- Moss ----- Portemer ----- 1855
    --- Purchased from Michaels Premier Roses

Described as a compact bush for a Moss rose. The blooms are described as blush pink to white and loosely formed semi-double with mossy buds and a good and reliable rebloom. There is a very good write up about this rose at Paul Barden's page on Alfred de Dalmas

  1. Gabriel Noyelle ----- Moss Rose ----- Buatois ----- 1933
    ---- Purchased from Sequoia Nursery in Visalia, CA

The Rose is described in MR11 as an apricot blend with ovoid mossy buds that open as apricot flowers, double cupped and recurrent blooms with moderate fragrance. The foliage is leathery and the bush has a very vigorous growth. It is described in Botanica as: "When the small, shapely, oval buds of this variety open fully, they reveal double orange-salmon blooms with a yellow base. This rose grows to a height of 4 feet. This rose blooms later than most and sometimes repeats in Autumn. [Salet X Souvenir de Mme. Kreuger] I will also refer you to Paul Bardens website regarding the moss roses in general and in particular Gabriel Noyelle

  1. Salet ----- Moss/Perpetual Moss ----- LaCharme ----- 1854
    --- Purchased from Michaels Premier Roses

Described as being a more standard size for a Moss rose. The blooms are described as medium pink and loosely formed double with mossy buds and a good and reliable rebloom. There is a very good picture of this rose at Paul Barden's page on Salet. There is a wonderful description of this rose at Yesterdays Roses website.. This will be another of my experiments with trying to grow moss roses in the hot and humid climate here in Houston, TX

  1. Champney's Pink Cluster ----- Noisette ----- Champney, ca.1802-1811 -- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX

Originating with an 1802 Musk-China cross by John Champneys of Charleston (Champneys' Pink Cluster), This progenitor of the class noisette (a cross of R. moschata x 'Old Blush') combines the broad shrubby habit and scented large clusters of flowers seen in the Musk Rose with the pink coloring, larger flowers and continuous bloom of the Chinas. It is said to have been introduced in 1811. The semi-double flowers of palest pink, petals overlapping in layers and revealing a column of cream styles, have a musky-sweet scent. Bushy and tall with vigorous growth habit blooming in clusters. Disease resistant with few thorns, easily trained as a climber. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.4

  1. Desprez a Fleur Jaune ----- Tea-Noisette ----- Desprez, 1830. -- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX

As paraphrased from the "Yesterday's Roses" Website: "This bush is a cross of 'Blush Noisette' x 'Park's Yellow Tea-scented China'. 'Desprez a Fleur Jaune' ("Jaune Desprez" for short) is a variety of exceptional charm. It is one of the first roses to bloom spring, with flowers opening from tiny, perfectly scrolled and pointed buds. The flowers are loosely quartered rosettes with distinct button eyes, no more than 2.5 or 3 in. across. Their color is a soft buff-apricot, shot through with yellow and pink. They are born in large clusters, filling the air around the plant with a potent and exotic tropical fruit and musk perfume. "Jaune Desprez" blooms almost continually until the first heavy frost, its color varying as the season progresses. (The flowers are generally paler and creamier in cool weather, deeper toned and pink-ish in the heat of summer.) Here is a link to the website with more about "Jaune Desprez".

  1. Bon Silène ----- Tea Rose ----- 1835
    -- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler, TX

If you are looking for a darker accent color for your garden, perhaps 'Bon Silène is the rose for you. Loose, double flowers of a deep rose pink unfurl from the classic long-pointed buds. The broad, mulitbranched bush provides sweetly scented blooms throughout the growing season. This bush is often found in cemeteries throughout the South. Grows 4 to 6 feet. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 5.1

  1. Duchesse de Brabant ---- Tea Rose ----- Bernède , 1857
    -- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler, TX

This classic tea rose has rosy pink, tulip-shaped double blossoms which are 2 to 3 inches across and have a strong fragrance. Plants grow 3 to 5 feet tall and are relatively disease resistant. The Duchesse de Brabant rose was a favorite of Theodore Roosevelt, who often wore one in his lapel while he was President. Introduced 1857. It is very nearly the greatest favorite at ARE, too. The cupped pink flowers have a cabbagey roundness to them, as if they were picked from a luscious old rose painting. Nearly continuously in bloom, these roses can be counted on for a rich whiff of fragrance at absolutely any time of the day, even in the hot Texas sun. The apple green leaves are slightly wavy. The beautiful picture was found at the website of Susan Ford in Norman, OK. 4 to 6 feet. Hardy zone 7 to 9. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.6

  1. Francis Dubrieul ----- Antique Tea ----- Dubrieul ----- 1894
    --- Purchased from Sequoia Nursery in Visalia, CA

This rose is described in MR11 as a deep red tea rose, having long buds, which open to flowers of velvety crimson, medium growth habit. In "The Old Rose Advisor", Brent Dickerson lists descriptions of this rose as: "Velvety, purple-red, one of the darkest of the Teas; flowers large, full, cupped; very floriferous, vigorous. ... Considering the perfection of its form and the intensity of its purple and amaranthine tones, this variety constitutes the most beautiful red Tea Rose known." And in Botanica's it is described as: " One of the darkest blooms in the rose world, this handsome rose needs part-shade to prevent its delicate, blood red petals from scorching. ... The 3 foot, upright, somewhat lanky shrub is an ideal container plant, though it does have some prickles. ... Dubrieul was a tailor in Lyon, France, before he took up rose hybridizing. He was the grandfather of Francis Meilland." Also there is a very good description and picture at the "Yesterday's Rose" website of the rose Francis Dubrieul

  1. Mrs. B. R. Cant ----- Tea ----- Cant, 1901
    -- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX

Tea roses are noted for becoming large bushes, but Mrs. B. R. Cant is a giant even among the teas. Mrs. B. R. Cant makes big (3-5"), very double, deep pink to red flowers, with a nice "tea" scent. It is highly disease- resistant. We have one of these on our campus known to be over 30 years old, which gets no water, fertilizer, sprays, or correct pruning. Yet it thrives and blooms nearly constantly. Tends to produce many tall basal canes, beginning stout and branching into twiggier wood above. Good, reliable rebloom and best fragrance.with huge globular dusky pink flowers, packed with petals scrolled tightly in a full cup, and scented of Tea and Damask. A very vigorous shrub of spreading habit. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.7

  1. Sombreuil ----- Climbing Tea ----- M. Roberts, 1850
    -- Purchased from Buchanan's Nursery in the Heights, Houston, TX

Tea roses are noted for becoming large bushes, and of course, since Sombreuil is a climbing tea I expect it to be exceptional, the blooms are described (3-5"), very double, ivory to white color, with a nice "tea" scent. I have heard absolutely rave reviews of the rose and have seen where it has produced Dowager Queens for the trophy table.


Found Roses

  1. Caldwell Pink ------ Polyantha ---- Found Rose (Unknown Date)
    -- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX

he study name 'Caldwell Pink' comes from its discovery location. Dr. Bill Welch, author of Antique Roses for Southern Gardens (Taylor Publishing: Dallas; 1990; $29.95, hardcover), writes: "This rose was a gift from Mrs. Webb, who operated a small nursery in Caldwell, Texas, several years ago. It was growing in her garden as a gift from a Somerville friend who had had it in the family for many years.... ...'Caldwell Pink' reblooms all season and is a bush." Regardless of it's true identity, 'Caldwell Pink' is a survivor! Although it is late to bloom in the spring, when it does finally pop out, large clusters of two-inch, lilac-pink blossoms adorn disease- and pest-resistant foliage. The shrub form remains compact and grows to 4 ft. (1.2 m).... This is an excerpt from a wonderful article about the rose found at Suite 101 Rose Garden and written by Mark Whitlaw

  1. Georgetown Tea ----- Tea Rose ----- Found Rose ---- No date
    --- Purchased from Buchanan's Nursery in the Houston Heights

This is a found rose listed in MR11 as a pink blend found Tea Rose. The ARE brochure from 1995 described the rose: "Dr. William C. Welch brought us this lovely rose from a site in Georgetown, TX. The flowr is long budded and fully double, dark salmon pink at the center fading to lilac pink. The petals roll into points at the tips as they unfold. The blooms have typical Tea fragrance, and the foliage is extra thick and attractive."

  1. Highway 290 Pink Buttons ---- Found Miniature ---- ???
    --Purchased both from Antique Rose Emporium at Brenham, TX

Either an early miniature or a relative of the old R. chinensis minima, this little rose has been found across Central and South Texas. The very double, one inch wide lilac-pink blossoms are produced constantly on a petite bush that responds well to pruning. A slow starter in the spring, "Pink Buttons" makes a fine little border or pot plant by mid-summer and continues to look good through the Fall. It grows to from 1 to 2 feet. I lost one that was in a pot last year in the heat wave. But it is just such a wonderful little rose I had to replace it.

  1. Katy Road Pink ---- Shrub --- Found - Katy, TX - (Unknown date)
    -- Purchased from Teas Nursery

Dr. and Mrs. Stahl of Houston, Texas shared this wonderful rose. Forming an open, but extremely graceful bush, remarkably free-blooming, vivid pink, semi-double flowers that display their yellow stamens. It is probably one of the most floriferous roses. Good specimen plant, with no insect or disease problems and the large orange hips are a treat.

  1. Maggie --- Bourbon ---- Found by William Welch in Louisiana
    -- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX

This rose was recommended to me and I selected it for fragrance and the nice darker red of the blooms. Described as a robust plant per Yesterday's Roses as noted at their website, I purchased this rose in September 2000. I have it in the ground and we will see how it performs here in Houston, TX.

  1. Phalaenopsis ---- Found Rose ---- ???
    --Purchased from Antique Rose Emporium at Brenham, TX

This roses was found in Copeland, Texas. The study name came from the resemblance to an orchid of the same bright pink color. It is a marvelously dependable little rose, with neatly rounded, clean and healthy foliage. It blooms quite steadily from spring until frost, and has clusters of lightly scented flowers. It does very well in landscape and in containers. Grows from 3 to 4 feet.

  1. Rose de Rescht ---- Damask Perpetual ---- Found by Nancy Lindsay in Rescht 1949.
    --Purchased from Antique Rose Emporium at San Antonio, TX

This rose was recommended to me and I selected it for fragrance and the nice darker red of the blooms. Described at Yesterday's Roses as noted at their website, I purchased this rose in October 2000. I have it in the ground in the herb garden and have already gotten blooms. The fragrance is truly outstanding and I look forward to this rose getting established and really producing blooms. I will use it as a culinary roses. It is off to a great start so we will see how it performs here in Houston, TX. The first one of these has not really performed well so I decided to try a second one. The second is in a pot and is flourishing and blooming with those wonderfully fragrant old fashioned blooms. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.9


Polyantha

  1. Baby Faurax ------ Polyantha ----- Lille, 1924
    -- Purchased from Heirloom Old Garden Roses in St. Paul, OR

Deep violet-mauve flowers, in clusters like ripe purple grapes, with a strong perfume, growing Baby Faurax gives one the opportunity to enjoy the intense purple blooms of the old ramblers like Violette in a dwarf reblooming form. It is described in Modern Roses 10 as a polyantha, mauve, Flowers violet, double, small blooms in large clusters; fragrant with dwarf growth habit. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.6

  1. Cécile Brünner ----- Polyantha ----- Widow Ducher, 1881
    -- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX

Dwarf Polyantha / China Hybrid (Rosa polyantha 'alba plena' x 'Mme. De Tartas') Perfectly shaped little pink buds earned 'Cécile Brünner' its nickname, "The Sweetheart Rose". Alleged to be a cross between a Polyantha and a Tea Rose, Mlle. Cécile Brunner (for that is the correct name,) is perhaps the most enduringly popular of all the Polyanthas. Grows 3 to 4 feet and is hardy from zones 5 to 9. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.2

  1. China Doll ----- Polyantha ----- Dr. Walter Lammerts, 1946
    -- Purchased from Robertson's Nursery in Pasadena, TX

This is a cross of ['Mrs Dudley Fulton' x 'Tom Thumb') Perfectly wonderful salmon pink blooms (about 1.5 inches in diameter) in bountiful sprays have already shown up on my brand new bush. I believe this is going to be a really nice little rose which will generate lots of blooms which might just win some prizes. I have heard good reports about this rose and now have the opportunity to evaluate its merits.

  1. Marie Daly ----- Polyantha ----- Alégatière, 1888
    --Purchased both from Antique Rose Emporium at Brenham, TX

This is a sport of that wonderful rose 'Marie Pavié. It should provide blooms of a similar form but they should be a nice pink. It will also have that nice sweet fragrance. I will work to get some pictures of the rose bush and flowers in my garden.

  1. Marie Pavié ----- Polyantha ----- Alégatière, 1888
    --Purchased both from Antique Rose Emporium at Brenham, TX

I saw this rose on my "pilgrimage to ARE in May 2001 and decided I had to have this rose. It is another wonderful old polyantha and I believe it will do well in our hot and humid Houston, TX climate. It is already providing nice old fashioned blush pink to white blooms which open relatively flat and loose petaled. It has a nice sweet fragrance. I will work to get some pictures of the rose bush and flowers in my garden.

  1. Perle D'Or ----- Polyantha ----- Dubreuil , 1883/4
    -- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX

Dwarf Polyantha / China Hybrid (Rosa multiflora 'alba plena' x 'Mme. Falcot') Dubreuil, 1883. This dainty little rose planted in a large pot in my garden, (2nd Image from my rose bush) has a powerful perfume that can scent a whole room. Buds that are similar to 'Cécile Brunner' change from nearly orange to golden pink as they unfold in small clusters. The silky petals curl neatly back upon opening into a delicate pompon shape (example). Foliage is a soft apple green, healthy and full, on a plant that is seldom out of bloom. There is also very good information and picture of PERLE D'OR at Timeless Roses website. Grows from 3 to 4 feet. Z6-9/R/Fr/yb. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.3


Hybrid Teas & Grandifloras

  1. Cologne ----- Grandiflora ----- Sam McGredy ----- 1998
    --- Purchased from Michaels Premier Roses

This is a grandiflora with parentage of [Harmonie® x LagerfeldTM]. The flowers are described as mauve or mauve blend, with 17 to 25 petals, flowers about 4-3/4 inch diameter, strong fragrance; foliage leathery; vigorous growth. This is one of my first ventures into the Grandiflora class. We will see how this rose performs.

  1. Dainty Bess ----- Hybrid Tea -----Archer, 1925
    -- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX;

Listed per MR10 as a cross (Ophelia x K. of K.) Flowers soft rose-pink, very distinct maroon stamens, single (5 broad, fimbriated petals), medium size; fragrant; foliage leathery; vigorous growth. Perhaps the most admired of the single HTs. Out of Ophelia, this has wide clear pink flowers offset by deep maroon stamens and anthers, with deep pink reverses; a study in contrast and simplicity. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.8

  1. Frédéric MistralTM (MEItebros) ----- Romantica - Hybrid Tea ----- Meilland ----- 1995
    -- Purchased from RCW Nursery in Houston, TX;

This is my first venture into the Romantica series of roses from the French hybridizer Meilland. I am trying some of these new French varieties as alternatives to the English roses which seem to suffer more in Houston's heat and humidity. This rose is a cross [(Perfume Delight x Prima Balerina®) x The McCartney Rose TM] which is described as having large (4 inch diameter) light pink, double, high centered blooms with a strong citrus fragrance and good repeat. It is supposed to have good disease resistance and grow to a height of 6 feet.

  1. Heirloom (JACbloom) ----- Hybrid Tea ----- William A. Warriner ----- 1972
    -- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX;

I have heard some great things about this old hybrid tea rose and decided I must try it. It has produced two blooms since I got it and I can say that they are a nice dark mauve color and are fairly large with more of an old rose form that I would describe as at "Help Me Find Roses" : "Old-fashioned, semi-double bloom form". The blooms have a strong and wonderfully sweet old rose fragrance. I doubt that it would make it to the trophy table unless they consider the era when it was hybridized.

  1. Love and PeaceTM (BAIpeace) ----- Hybrid Tea ----- Jerry Twomey & Ping Lim ----- 2001
    -- Purchased from Teas Nursery

This is a brand new hybrid tea with parentage of [Seedling-Sämling x Peace]. The flowers are described as pink edged, yellow blend with exhibition high centered form, full and large, with 26 to 40 petals, flowers about 5 inches in diameter, mild fragrance; foliage leathery; vigorous growth. This is one of my first ventures into the newer hybrid teas. I have had people ask how this rose performs and I felt, as a consulting rosarian I had to find out.

  1. Melody Parfumée (DORient ----- Grandiflora ----- Francois Dorieux ----- 1998
    -- Purchased from Teas Nursery

This is a grandiflora with parentage of [Dioressence® x Stephens' Big Purple]. The flowers are described as lavender, mauve & mauve blend, with 26 to 40 petals, flowers about 4-3/4 inch diameter, strong fragrance; foliage leathery; vigorous growth. This is another of my first ventures into the Grandiflora class. We will see how these roses performs.

  1. Moon ShadowTM (JAClaf)PP009538 ----- Hybrid Tea ----- William A. Warriner ----- 1998
    -- Purchased from Teas Nursery

This hybrid tea with parentage of [Blue Ribbon x Seedling-Sämling] was another selection based on its name. The flowers are described as lavender, mauve & mauve blend with high centered form, full and large, flowers about 4 inches in diameter, strong, old rose fragrance; foliage leathery; vigorous growth. This is one of my first ventures into the newer hybrid teas. I felt, as a consulting rosarian I had to find out. Oh yes and two other important reasons: fragrance and you know that song back in the 70's or 80's ... "I'm being followed by a moon shadow, moon shadow, moon shadow ..." Hey nostalgia is a powerful force!

  1. Mister Lincoln® ----- Hybrid Tea ----- Swim & Weeks ----- 1964
    -- Purchased from Teas Nursery

This hybrid tea with parentage of [Chrysler Imperial x Charles Mallerin] is one that is to me a truly classic red hybrid tea rose. The flowers are described as dark red with high centered form, full and large, strong fragrance; foliage leathery; vigorous growth. This is one of those must have hybrid teas. Oh yes and two other important reasons: fragrance and nostalgia. Hey nostalgia is a powerful force!

  1. Stainless Steel (WEKblusi)PPAF ----- Hybrid Tea ----- Tom Carruth ----- 1997
    -- Purchased from Robertson's Nursery in Pasadena, TX

This hybrid tea with parentage of [Blue Nile x Silverado] is truly an unusual color which is best described as silvery grey lavender. The Weeks Roses Website has a fine write up: "This "everyday" version of Sterling Silver is much easier to care for, much easier to grow and has much longer lasting flowers. Yet it still possesses the wonderful perfume and the mysterious pastel color that places its far-removed ancestor in rose history. The trophy hunters will go for the classic show form and the nice long stems. Deep green large leaves clothe the tall vigorous plant. The flowers have that high centered exhibition form, full and large, flowers about 4 inches in diameter, strong, old rose fragrance; foliage leathery; vigorous growth. I think this will be a good one and I felt, as a consulting rosarian I have to find out.

  1. Veterans' HonorTM (JACopper)PPAF ----- Hybrid Tea ----- Dr. Keith W. Zary ----- 1997
    -- Purchased from Buchanan's Nursery in the Heights, Houston, TX

This hybrid tea with such a patriotic name has great potential for the show table. It is described as a top flight red exhibition rose. I felt I needed to try this rose. The flowers are described as being dark to medium red (25 to 30 petals) a moderate raspberry fragrance, high centered exhibition form, full and large, flowers about 5-3/4 inches in diameter; foliage leathery; vigorous growth. I have seen great reviews on this rose, as a consulting rosarian I have to find out.

  1. World War II Memorial RoseTM (WEZgrey) ----- Hybrid Tea ----- O. L. Weeks ----- 2000
    -- Purchased from Buchanan's Nursery in the Heights, Houston, TX

This hybrid tea with parentage of [ParadiseTM x Silver Spoon] caught my interest when I noted that a part of the sales proceeds for this rose would be contributed to the construction of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. I felt I needed to try this rose. The flowers are described as lavender, mauve & mauve blend with high centered form, full and large flowers (26 to 40 petals) about 5 inches in diameter, strong fragrance; foliage leathery; vigorous growth. This for me is a real test rose where I wish to evaluate the performance of the variety of mauve/lavender roses in the hot and humid Houston, TX climate.


Floribundas

  1. Bonnie Jack [TINshoultz] ----- Floribunda ----- Dee Bennett ----- 2000
    --Purchased both from Tiny Petals Nursery

This rose is described as having light yellow, long pointed buds. The flowers are clear yellow with exhibition form, up to 4 inches in diameter, very double (26 to 40 petals) with mild, fruity fragrance. The foliage is healthy and the bush is described as vigorous, growing to a height of 4 to 5 feet. This was supposed to be a miniature but turned out to be a wonderful floribunda. Cross of [Irish Gold x Party Girl®]. I have seen such wonderful pictures and heard such wonderful things that I had to get 2 of these.

  1. Brilliant Pink IcebergTM (PRObril) ----- Floribunda ----- Lilia Weatherly ----- 1999
    --Purchased from Robertson's Nursery in Pasadena, TX

This rose is a sport of that wonderful old floribunda Iceberg. It has that same bloom form but the blooms are flushed with a wonderful shade of bright pink. Mine is brand new and has already put out some very nice sprays of blooms. I think this will be a very fine rose in my garden.

  1. Easy GoingTM ----- Floribunda ----- Harkness ----- 1996
    --Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler, TX

This rose is a sport of a wonderful floribunda called Livin' Easy. It has that same bloom form but the blooms are a medium yellow and very nice form. Mine is brand new and has already put out some very nice blooms. I think this will be a very fine rose in my garden. Both Easy Going and Livin' Easy are supposed to be very carefree, disease resistant and bloom abundantly throughout the year.

  1. Fragrant ApricotTM (JACgrant) ----- Floribunda ----- Dr. Keith W. Zary ----- 1998
    --Purchased from Robertson's Nursery in Pasadena, TX

This rose is cross [Impatient x Amber Queen] which provides some beautiful apricot blooms which have good form and does bloom in singles and spray. Mine is brand new and has already put out some wonderful blooms and sprays. I think this will be a very fine rose in my garden. As a real bonus, this is a very fragrant rose with that strong rose fragrance.

  1. French Lace ----- Floribunda ----- William A. Warriner ----- 1980
    --Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler, TX

This rose is a wonderful floribunda [Dr. A. J. Verhage x Bridal PinkTM] which has been highly recommended to me as a show rose. It has the high centered bloom form in a nice ivory to white color. Mine is brand new and has just put forth its first bloom and it looks like it will be as good as advertised. I think this will be a very fine rose in my garden and in future years may provide some roses for the show table.

  1. Gene Boerner ----- Floribunda ----- Eugene S. "Gene" Boerner ----- 1968
    --Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler, TX

This rose is a wonderful old floribunda [Ginger x (Ma Perkins x Garnette Supreme)] which has been highly recommended to me as a show rose. It has the high centered bloom form in a nice medium pink or silvery pink color with mild fragrance and good repeat. Mine is brand new and looks like it will be as good as advertised. I think this will be a very fine rose in my garden and in future years may provide some roses for the show table. This rose has a wonderful history and was named for its hybridizer "Gene" Boerner "Papa Floribunda" who was the Director of Research at Jackson & Perkins. The rose was released after his death (5 September 1966).

  1. George Burns (WEKcalroc) ----- Floribunda ----- Tom Carruth ----- 1996
    --Purchased from Robertson's Nursery in Pasadena, TX

This rose is a wonderful floribunda [Calico x Roller Coaster] which is the flashiest rose I have seen in a while. It has a bloom form which is best displayed fully open and is striped, double. The blooms are light yellow and look as though they were splashed with dark red paint!! Mine is brand new and has just put forth several blooms as singles and in sprays. The Wife saw it in bloom at the nursery and upon her "recommendation" we had to take it home. I think this will be a very fine rose in my garden and in future years may provide some roses for the show table.

  1. Goldmoss ----- Floribunda/Moss ----- Ralph S. Moore ----- 1972
    ---- Purchased from Sequoia Nursery in Visalia, CA

This rose is described in MR11 as a medium yellow floribunda. It has long pointed buds. The flowers are clear yellow, medium double with intense fragrance. The foliage is light, leathery and the bush is vigorous with a dwarf bushy growth habit. [Rumba x Moss Hybrid]. I would also refer you to Paul Bardens webpage about Goldmoss

  1. Gracie Allen (WEKcryreg) ----- Floribunda ----- Tom Carruth ----- 1998
    --- Purchased from Michaels Premier Roses

This rose is a floribunda [CrystalineTM x Regensberg® ] which I felt that I had to have to go with George Burns. It has a bloom form is described as pink blend with blooms that are white with the heart of the rose a medium pink. Mine is brand new and I look forward to seeing how it performs. I have been told that it is not quite as carefree and disease resistant as its pollen parent Regensberg® .

  1. Grüß an Aachen ----- Floribunda ----- Geduldig ----- 1909
    --- Purchased from Buchanan's Nursery in the Houston Heights

This rose is described in MR11 as a light pink rose with buds orange - yellowand flowers which open a flesh pink and fading with age to creamy white, very double (40 to 45 petals) 3 to 3.5 inch dia. blooms are borne in clusters and have a slight sweet fragrance. The foliage is rich green and leathery. It has slender stems and a nodding tendency with dwarf growth habit. Botanica's states: "It is normally short, making it useful to edge a border, or for a small bed or group." [Frau Karl Druschki x Franz Deegan]

  1. Guy de MaupassantTM (MEIsocrat) ---- Romantica - Floribunda.
    -- Purchased at RCW Nursery in Houston, TX

This is another experiment as I am looking for roses which have the same charateristics as Austins, but perform better in our hot and humid Houston, TX weather. This rose is one of Meillands Romantica series which is a cross [(MEIturaphar x Mrs. John Laing) x Egeskov® ] and is classed as a floribunda. It really matches more to the Austin English roses in that it has blooms of the old fashioned form, 41 to 100 petals and about 3 inches in diameter. The color is carmine or medium pink and it is supposed to have strong apple fragrance, and repeats.

  1. Iceberg (Var: KORbin) ---- Floribunda.
    --J&P Rose purchased at Cornelius Nursery

If you're tired of getting scratched while deadheading, try this nearly thornless, crystal white. Fragrant sprays with elongate, light green foliage arrives on strong plants that could probably exist on an iceberg. One of the best varieties used in hedges, it is an all-time favorite of many rosarians around the world. This variety has been inducted into the World Federation of Rose Societies Hall of Fame. Height: 4-6' Petals: 20-25 Fragrance: Strong Hybridizer: Kordes, 1958. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.9

  1. Livin' Easy (HARwelcome) ----- Floribunda ----- Harkness ----- 1992
    -- Purchased from Teas Nursery

This rose is a floribunda [Southampton x Remember Me® ] of which I have heard that it is very carefree with wonderful color and form. The bloom form is described as cupped, double and I feel that it opens to a very pretty bloom. The color is orange or orange blend with blooms that are a salmon pink to orange with the yellow- orange being at the center with nice yellow stamen. Mine is brand new but I have already had some wonderful blooms which come in sprays and one to a stem. I look forward to seeing how it performs on the show table. I have been told that it is very carefree and disease resistant.

  1. Marmalade SkiesTM (MEImonblan) ----- Floribunda ----- Meilland ----- 1999
    -- Purchased from Teas Nursery

This rose is a floribunda from Meilland who has done well in hybridizing very carefree, disease resistant varieties with wonderful color and form. The bloom form is described as loose which open some what flat in a standard form for the class, double (17 to 25 petals) and I feel that it opens to nice sprays of very pretty blooms. The color is orange or orange blend with blooms that are a salmon pink to a very bright orange with nice yellow stamen. Mine is brand new but I have already had some wonderful blooms which come in sprays and one to a stem. I look forward to seeing how it performs on the show table. I actually decided on this rose because of the name and my nostalgia of being a teenager with the Beatles. I may have to hybridize my own rose in a nice red or dark pink and call it Strawberry Fields.

  1. Miami MoonTM (WEKvosuimp) ----- Floribunda ----- Tom Carruth ----- 2002
    -- Purchased from Teas Nursery

I think that the descriptions found on Weeks Nursery website for this rose are pretty acurate and well done. "Indescribable pink - maybe shrimp, maybe even flesh-toned. No!! That's not why we put 'moon' in the name! But you'll be struck by the big ruffled blossoms on such a compact rounded bushy plant. All of her soft landscapable pink shades really shine against clean glossy green leaves. And 'Miami' is not just her one favorite locale. She'll put on a good face in most climates." We are going to test this in our hot and humid Houston, TX weather. It has put on some nice blooms and I just got the rose this spring.

  1. Simply Marvelous! (JACideso) ----- Floribunda ----- ----- 2002
    -- Purchased from Robertson's Nursery in Pasadena, TX

I heard great things about this rose and since I do have a definite inclination for growing fragrant roses I thought I should try this rose. It is described as having lavender, mauve & mauve blend blooms (30 petals) which are borne singly and in nice sprays. They have a nice high centered exhibition form and open nicely. When it is bloomed out it can be spectacular. Early on, in the cool weather I have noted a propencity to mildew. But I will try to spray the foliage and minimize the effect. The blooms are very fragrant with that wonderful old rose scent.

  1. Sweet Vivien ----- Floribunda ----- Martin -- 1961
    -- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX;
    -- Purchased 2nd from Buchanan's Nursery in the Heights

Reliable, repeat blooming Floribunda with clusters of mildly fragrant, Pink-Cream blooms edged with cerise pink cover its 3 to 4 feet canes. (2nd Image from my rose bush Zone 4 to 9. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.0


Other Cultivars

  1. Penelope ----- Hybrid Musk ----- Pemberton, 1924
    --Purchased from Antique Rose Emporium at Brenham, TX

My wife selected this wonderful rose as our first of the class of Hybrid Musk Roses. The bush we found in our May 2001 "pilgrimage to the Antique Rose Emporium was covered with dusky apricot buds and blooms that were a rich cream tone of white. The blooms had a nice sweet musk fragrance with a hint of vanila to my nose but very distinct. We are looking forward to getting this rose placed so that it will provide these wonderful displays of fragrant blooms throughout the years to come. Hybridized by Reverend Joseph Pemberton in 1924 ['Ophelia' x 'Trier'].

  1. Basye's Blueberry ---- ( ) ---- Shrub Rose ---- Basye, 1982
    -- Purchased from Teas Nursery
    -- Purchased 2nd from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX

This is a cross of 'Commander Gillette' x ('Commander Gillette' x ['Rosa virginiana alba' x 'Betty Morse']). Named for its resemblance to a blueberry shrub, 'Basye's Blueberry' has medium pink, semi-double blooms are borne continuously from spring through fall. Flowers only last for two to three days. With rounded, somewhat grayish-green leaves and an upright habit of growth, 'Basye's Blueberry' is reminiscent of a blueberry shrub; further, its leaves age to an attractive red fall color which is similar to the spectacular fall display blueberry shrubs put on. This is excerpts from a great website at Timeless Roses I really liked this Texas Aggie rose, so when I lost one in the heat wave/ drought, I just had to get a replacement!!

  1. Belinda's Dream ---- Shrub Rose ----- Basye, 1988
    -- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX

Reliable repeat blooming shrub rose cultivated by Dr. Robert Basye. Also called Belinda's Dream the very fragrant blooms are a soft pink. Dr. Basye's work at Texas A & M is legend; his search for healthful roses to contribute to modern rose breeding, admirable. Belinda's Dream' is a cross between 'Tiffany' (a beautiful, pink-yellow blend Hyb. Tea) and 'Jersey Beauty' (a light pink, Rambler and itself a cross between R. wichuraiana and 'Perle des Jardins'). It is a magnificent, highly disease resistant rose with multiple (41 plus) petals, large 4 in. (11 cm) blossoms, and the coloration of 'Tiffany'. A true "traffic stopper! Belinda's Dream is indeed a rose of strong constitution, with flowers of great delicacy, fullness and fragrance; scrolled, large blooms of medium, clear pink. Grows to 4 to 6 feet. Zone 5 to 9. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.4

  1. Jardin de Viels Maisons (MASframb) ---- Generosa ----- Guillot-Massad ----- 1998
    -- Purchased from Teas Nursery

This rose is described as having deeply cupped, old-fashioned bloom form in a warm raspberry pink which are found in clusters or singly at the end of long straight canes. The blooms have a moderate fruity fragrance and the bush is of a moderate size. This is another experiment in growing roses. I have always liked the antique, old-fashioned bloom form and often have considered growing the English/David Austin Roses. I have heard that they do not do so well here, suffering from the heat and humidity. I am trying some of the French introductions on that same line as well as some of the Modern Antiques introduced by Weeks roses and hybridized by the Danish hybridizers Olesen, Poulsen. The Generosa shrubs are hybridized by the French hybridizer Guillot. I am going to see if these fare better in our climate than the Austin Roses.

  1. Sonia Rykiel (MASdougi) ---- Generosa ----- Guillot-Massad ----- 1995
    -- Purchased from Teas Nursery

This rose is described as having deeply cupped, old-fashioned quartered blooms with 135 to 140 petals in a coral pink which are found singly at the end of long straight canes. The blooms have a strong rose fragrance and the bush is of a moderate size. This is another experiment in growing roses. I have always liked the antique, old-fashioned bloom form and often have considered growing the English/David Austin Roses. I have heard that they do not do so well here, suffering from the heat and humidity. I am trying some of the French introductions on that same line as well as some of the Modern Antiques introduced by Weeks roses and hybridized by the Danish hybridizers Olesen, Poulsen. The Generosa shrubs are hybridized by the French hybridizer Guillot. I am going to see if these fare better in our climate than the Austin Roses.

  1. Outta the Blue (WEKstephitsu)PPAF ---- Modern Antique ----- Tom Carruth ----- 2002
    -- Purchased from Teas Nursery

This rose is truly multi-toned magenta to lavender - blue in color and the Weeks Roses website description is pretty accurate as follows: "No picture can capture the sweet spicy scent or the full array of colors borne by the newest member of Weeks' 'Modern Antiques'. It's outta' this world when it comes to the display of many blue hues - rich magenta spiked with yellow, deep wine sparked with cream, warm lavender spilling to nearly blue. All on just one gorgeous green plant! Free-flowering & super vigorous, she bears big clusters of old-fashioned flowers." The flowers are old fashioned (25 to 30 petals) and parentage of [Stephens' Big Purple x (International Herald Tribune x R. soulieana derivative)] which should give it good disease resistance. I am interested in testing the modern roses with antique traits.

  1. Princess Mariana (POUlusa)PPAF ---- Modern Antique ----- Tom Carruth ----- 2002
    -- Purchased from Robertson's Nursery in Pasadena, TX

This rose is a nice white to pastel peach color as described at Weeks Roses website: "This "youngest sister" of the three Danish sovereigns wears her delicate pastel peachy colored old-rose blooms like sweetly fragrant gems in a sparkling crown ... all perched above very deep green glossy leaves. But don’t let the soft colors of the Princess deceive you. She’s still just as flowerful, disease resistant and sturdy as the rest of the "family". Her stately manner is much the same, too…compact rounded, bushy, full and very attractive." The flowers are old fashioned (over 35 petals) and parentage of [Seedling-Sämling x Queen Margarethe]. I am interested in testing the modern roses with antique traits. We saw this on our trip to Robertson's and my wife decided she liked the color of this better than Queen Margarethe. For me the verdict is still out as early on it is showing some tendancy to develope vegetative centers.

  1. Dortmund ---- Kordesii Climber
    -- Purchased from Teas Nursery in Houston, TX

Large, single, strawberry red with a distinctive white eye, coming in balloon size clusters. It will bloom continuously as long as the spent flowers are removed. The long, trailing canes are covered with crinkly, shiny, medium green foliage that laughs at disease. As a climber it needs support, but its creeping habit allows it to be employed spilling over a bank or wall. Vigorous and hardy as well. Classed as a Kordesii for you exhibitors. I found a good picture of this rose at Cheryl Netters Rose Garden Pageand also a good reference page with picture here   Height: 10'+ Petals: 5-8  Fragrance: Medium Hybridizer: Kordes, 1955. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 9.3

  1. Swamp Rose ---- (Rosa palustris scandens) --- Species Rose
    --Purchased from Teas Nursery in Houston, TX

A species rose, architecturally beautiful at all times of the year, the 'Swamp Rose' has graceful arching and nearly thornless branches with narrow, willow-like leaves. This is a native American rose, growing across the South and East in moist, swampy ground. Its ability to grow in poorly drained soil as well as in normal garden conditions make it an anomaly among roses, but very versatile in the landscape. No plant could be more beautiful weeping into a stream or reflecting pond. The flowers appear in late spring, after most Species have finished blooming. They are vivid pink, double and very showy. This bush has been absolutely fantastic for us as it has grown to be over 6 feet high and at least 10 feet across. It now shades the back bedroom window so effectively that it has provided privacy and decreased our air conditioning bills! Here is more good information at the Timeless Rose website. Height: 4 to 6 feet zones 5 - 9 Fragrant, Once blooming medium pink. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.2

  1. Veilchenblau ----- Hybrid Multiflora ----- Schmidt ----- 1909
    -- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX

Charming violet cups, heavily streaked with lilac and white, opening to show bright yellow stamens, small, in clusters, on a plant with luxurious, apple-green foliage. It is considered to have outstanding fragrance and an occasional rebloom. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 8.2

 

SOON TO ARRIVE

All of my roses have arrived.

"Obit.-Definitely lost these roses"

2.      Absolutely TM (SAValute) (PPAF) Saville.
--Purchased from Nor'East Miniature Roses Inc.

Winner of the 1998 New England Rose Trials Award, this hardy and extremely vigorous plant will amaze you with its abundance of flowers. It was a beautiful rose while it lasted but the weather in July/August 2000 was just too much for it and many other roses in pots.

3.      Apricot SunblazeTM MEIfruije) (PP 9,033)--- Meilland - 1994
--(2nd Image from my rose bush. Purchased at HRS Rose Show - Kimbrew-Walter Rose Growers

The Apricot Sunblaze is classified as a yellow blend which has blooms of a nice apricot color. It is a cross (Mark One x Yellow Meillandina) x Gold Badge. Flowers are bi-color orange and yellow, moderately full (15-25 petals) small (0-4cm) blooms are borne mostly single with no fragrance but very nice shape and color. Bush has few prickles with small dark green glossy foliage. It shows medium bushy growth. Patent issued 3 Jan 1995 with inventor listed as Alain Meilland and assigned to Conard-Pyle, Co. The abstract reads as: A new and distinct variety of rose plant of the Miniature Class is provided which forms attractive bicolored blossoms which are yellow edged with a suffusion of Persimmon Orange in coloration. The plant is bushy, and forms very strong vegetation that is dense and glossy in appearance. The foliage coloration and glossy appearance attractively contrast with the distinctive relatively light bicolored blossom coloration. The blossoms possess no fragrance. The plant is particularly well suited for growing as attractive diminutive ornamentation in the landscape. ARS rating in the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.8.

4.      Arizona Sunset ([Orange Sweetheart x Zinger] x Party Girl) (PP 6559)----- Jolly, 1985
-- Purchased from The Mini-Rose Garden, Cross Hill, SC.

This rose was raised by Nelson F. Jolly and is described (per MR10) as having flowers light yellow, flushed orange-red, dbl. (20 petals), cupped, medium size; slight fragrance; foliage small, medium green, semi-glossy; prickles slanted downward; bushy, spreading growth. the weather in July/August 2000 was just too much for it and many other roses in pots.

5.      Brenda Lee (MIClee) (PRR) ------ M. Williams, 1991
-- Purchased from The Mini-Rose Garden, Cross Hill, SC.

This rose is a cross ('Rise 'n' Shine' x 'Rainbow's End') raised by Michael C. Williams. Buds are pointed; flowers red edge to yellow base, dbl. (20 petals) urn-shaped, exhibition, small; foliage small, medium green, semi-glossy; bushy, low, compact growth. (MR10). This little beauty is an all-round winner. Yellow with pink or red edges, depending on the amount of sun. Excellent form, beautiful dark green, disease-resistant foliage. Best when grown in a pot. A little smaller than most mini's. 1997 ARS rating of 7.2 (per the 1998 handbook).

6.      Candy Sunblaze (MEIdanclar) (P.P 7621) ---- Meilland, 1991
--Purchased from Buchanans Nursery in Houston Heights

A nice miniature with pink blend fragrant blooms. I found the images at Lynn's Rose garden on the web here is a second image of this rose. And here is a picture of the bloom of this rose from my garden. Lost this baby to the brutal weather in July/August 2000.

7.      Linville (PAT #7737) ----- Bridges
-- Purchased from Bridges Roses

A very delicate near white rose that picks up light shades of pink in cooler weather. This exhibition form mini rose usually blooms singly on long straight stems. Is white or near white in hot weather. Unfortunately mine succumbed to the brutal weather of July/August 2000. (Tall)

8.      Live Wire TM(SAVawire) (Pat. 6811) Saville. Micro.
--Purchased from Nor'East Miniature Roses Inc.

A shockingly good mini. You can spot these electric pink blooms from across the garden. A beautiful, symmetrical bush with much branching to keep it compact. A profuse bloomer, this is an outstanding rose for containers or for a low edging. Ht. 8-12". It was extremely small and the pot was probably too small too. It did not survive the heat/drought in August 1999.

9.      Maurine Neuberger (PRR/VAR: SPOMAUR)
-- Purchased from Bridges Roses

Velvety dark red blooms of exhibition form on a vigorous. plant. (Medium/Tall) It has provided several blooms during the heat of the summer but they have been small. Blooms in cooler weather were larger and very pretty but the plant succumbed to the brutal weather of July/August 2000.

10.  Pixie Rose (Perla de Montserrat x Coralin) ----- Dot, 1961
-- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX

Per MR10 this is also known as Pink Pixie and is described as having deep pink, dbl. (43 petals), high centered to cupped, small (1 in.) blooms in irregular clusters; foliage very small, dark; dwarf much-branched growth. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.2 This baby finally succumbed and can be pronounced dead. I did like this rose and might get it again.

11.  Red Imp (Micro) (cross Ellen Poulsen x Tom Thumb) - (1951) de Vink
-- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX

This micro mini has also been called Maid Marion, Mon Tresor or Montresor. Buds are ovoid, with flowers of a deep crimson, double (54 petals) which are very flat, micro-mini, small (( to 1 inch); slightly fragrant. The plant is an upright, bushy, dwarf (9 inches). Conard-Pyle Co.

12.  Red Pendant (MINvco) (cross Red Cascade x Red Cascade (1984) E. D. Williams
-- Purchased from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Tyler TX

Hybridized by Ernest D. Williams, this rose is a miniature ground cover with a sprawling nature. Flowers are dark red, double (35 petals), small with no fragrance. The foliage is small, medium green, very glossy. The plant has a low spreading growth.

13.  Salmon SunblazeTM (MEIshulo) (PP10,015) ----- Meilland 1996
-- Purchased at a Houston Patio and Garden Center

The Salmon SunblazeTM is a cross of MEIchanso x (MEIlarco x KORwerk) which is introduced by Meilland and Conard Pyle Co. The flowers are a bright salmon pink, full (26-40 petals) blooms of medium size (1( - 2 inches) borne in small clusters with slight fragrance. It has succumbed to the heat/drought in August 1999 due to pot being to small to provide adequate insulation for the roots.

14.  Sweet Mini-Wonder (MEIlipo) (p.p. 8504) ----- Meilland
-- Purchased at a Houston Patio and Garden Center

A new and distinct variety of rose plant of the miniature class is provided which abundantly forms attractive fully double Carmine Rose blossoms of stable coloration which are borne in clusters. The plant exhibits an upright growth habit, and forms very vigorous vegetation. I lost this plant to the brutal weather of July/August 2000.

15.  Tidewater (BRItide) (PP 8531) ----- Bridges, 1991
-- Purchased from The Mini-Rose Garden, Cross Hill, SC.

This rose is a cross (Jennifer x seedling) raised by Dennis Bridges. (Per MR10) Buds pointed; flowers white with slight pink tints, dbl. (30 - 32 petals), high-centered, exhibition, medium (6 cms) blooms borne usually singly; long stems for cutting; moderate fragrance; foliage medium green, matt; bushy, spreading medium growth. Long buds that open white with a blush of pink. Long strong stems make this mini an ideal cut flower. Slightly spreading growth. Very fragrant, long pointed buds of pure white-blushing pink as the blooms open. Long stems on a slightly spreading plant. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.6

16.  Trinket ([R. Wichuraiana x 'Floradora'] x 'Magic Wand' ) ----- Moore, 1965
-- Purchased from Sequoia Nursery (Moore's Miniatures)

This micro has perfect rose pink buds which open to a very small pink bloom. Described as excellent for mini arrangements. It is a phlox pink hybrid in Moore's micro series with dark pink almost red buds which open in clusters of 1" fragrant flowers. 'Trinket' was bred from a seedling and is described in MR10 as having flowers phlox pink, dbl., micromini, small; foliage glossy; vigorous, bushy, dwarf. Unfortunately I apparently have lost this micro mini also but I definitely will consider replacing it. ARS rating per the 2001 Handbook for Selecting Roses is 7.0

17.  Winsome TM (SAVawin)(Pat. 5691) Saville.
--Purchased from Teas Nursery

A sweetheart-sized rose of bright lilac lavender. Blooms are well-formed, fully double, and high-centered with petals of good substance. Long lasting. Very vigorous. An excellent prospect for the show table and the garden. Ht. 18-24". 1985 Award of Excellence. Mine succumbed to the heat/drought of August 1999.

The next thing to say about my roses is to give credit to my favorite
information resources. I browse on the Gardenweb Rose Forums and I also
enjoy the Rose Garden on Suite101.com and the memorial rose garden site for Mark Whitlaw.
I would also like to recognize all of the wonderful vendors including Chamblee's Rose Nursery, Tiny Petals Nursery (Sue O'Brien is great), Nor'East Miniature Roses, Bridges Miniatures, Mini Rose Garden, and Teas Nursery in Houston TX.