A labor of love describes Ernest Earman‘s award winning introduction. Even though this World War II veteran is an amateur hybridizer, Let Freedom Ring™ should be around for a very long time. With impeccable flower form and great vase life, Let Freedom Ring™ is a “winner“ in our book and should prove to be a great exhibition rose. Parentage: Prima Donna x Touch of Class.
Color: Strawberry red
Height/Habit: Medium Tall/Upright
Petal Count: Around 25
Fragrance: Slight tea
Weeks Roses‘ Tom Carruth hybridized this winner and Julia herself selected this exceptional rose to bear her name. Combining early-fashioned style with best scent, Julia Child has a round habit and best disease fight. The fragrance that comes with this beauty is described as a sweet licorice perfume. Parentage: Voodoo x R. soulieana derivative x Top Notch.
Height: Medium/rounded and bushy
Petals: 34 plus
Fragrance: Licorice candy & spice
Jackson & Perkins touts this new hybrid tea as “quite likely the best cutting rose to date.” Mesmerizing in deep coral to coral pink, the high-centered graceful blossoms are a gardener‘s dream with excellent disease resistance. Spellbound is a tribute to its impressive parentage, the luscious, free-flowering Ingrid Bergman, and Pristine, a fine exhibition rose.
Color: Deep coral red to coral pink
Height/Habit: 5 feet
Petal Count: 30
Fragrance: Light, spicy
Wild Blue Yonder
The first lavender-toned rose to take the AARS award in over 20 years, Wild Blue Yonder™ is totally new and unique in the “Rose World.“ Tom Carruth (Weeks Roses) nailed this one – every wavy petal is a velvety warm wine-purple layered onto rich lavender. Parentage: [(International Herald Tribune x R. soulieana derivative) .
Color: Red-purple with lavender eye
Height/Habit: Medium-tall/Upright & bushy
Petal Count: 25-30
Fragrance: Strong citrus blossom & rose
Jude The Obscure
David Austin hybridized this lovely rose in 1995 (Abraham Darby x Windrush). Jude the Obscure opens best in drier climates with buff yellow flowers with an incurved chalice shape that exude an unusual fragrance of wine and fruit. A moderately good rebloomer, Jude the Obscure may become larger with establishment, especially in milder climates.
Color: Creamy apricot yellow
Height/Habit: Medium to tall
Petal Count: Over 50
Fragrance: Powerful unusual wine & fruit
Another Tom Carruth masterpiece (do we sound redundant?), Ebb Tide™ sports obscure deep purple blooms that swirl available to extremely double antique blossoms of velour plum washed with a haze of sultry smoke. The extreme clove scents adds to the dramatic effect. Parentage: [(Sweet Chariot x Blue Nile) x Stephen‘s Big Purple] x seedling.