Gulf District - Rose of the Year
2018 - Julia Child
'Julia Child' Named ARS Gulf District Rose of the Year
The Gulf District of the American Rose Society, which includes rose growers and hobbyist in Louisiana and Mississippi, has named 'Julia Child' as the 2018 Gulf District Rose of the Year.
The award came because "rose growers and enthusiasts surveyed in the local area have been impressed with the great landscape performance of this popular floribunda variety" reports Allen Owings, Gulf District Director for the American Rose Society.
If you desire an easy care floribunda, 'Julia Child' is for you.
'Julia Child' is a medium-yellow floribunda hybridized by Tom Carruth. In 2005 when Weeks Roses offered famous chef Julia Child the opportunity to select a rose to be named after her, she fittingly chose a butter-yellow rose.
The cupped, old-fashioned blooms of 'Julia Child' have a sweet licorice fragrance with an average of 30-45 petals forming 3 inch blooms. The blooms are produced individually or in small clusters which quickly repeat bloom throughout the season. The foliage is glossy, medium green.
The stems have a generous supply of prickles. In Louisiana the bush is easily controlled as a 4 foot medium size, compact plant in the ground or pot. This rose has a highly recommended rating in the American Rose Society rose ratings for landscape performance.
'Julia Child' is heat tolerant and while it is listed as very disease tolerant, it will greatly benefit from spraying 3-4 times annually (February, April, June, September) by keeping more foliage therefore producing more blooms.
Prior winners of the Gulf District Rose of the Year include 'Belinda's Dream' in 2015, 'Cinco de Mayo' in 2016 and 'Mrs. B. R. Cant' in 2017. These varieties along with 'Julia Child' are available from a wide range of local independent retail garden centers and mail order nurseries.
'Julia Child' is very worthy of being added to your rose plantings in 2018.
2017 - Mrs. B.R. Cant
The Gulf District of the American Rose Society has named Mrs. B.R. Cant as the 2017 Gulf District Rose of the Year.
The award came because rose growers and enthusiasts surveyed in Louisiana and Mississippi have been impressed with the great landscape performance of Mrs. B.R. Cant, said LSU AgCenter horticulturist Allen Owings.
If you desire an older rose that doesn’t need much care, then Mrs. B.R. Cant is a possibility for you, Owings said.
A tea rose that dates to 1901, Mrs. B.R. Cant is named after the wife of famous English rose breeder and nurseryman Benjamin R. Cant.
Flowers are cabbage-like pink with a silvery tinge and have a strong tea fragrance. Foliage is medium green. Mrs. B.R. Cant has good resistance to blackspot and other diseases that plague modern hybrid tea-like roses.
This variety will be 8-10 feet tall in the landscape. “You see this plant in many old home sites around the state,” Owings said. “It makes a great cut flower.”
To get the best blooms, Mrs. B.R. Cant can be lightly groomed in late winter and late summer. Major pruning is not needed, nor recommended, he said.
“This low-maintenance rose does not want to be pampered. Water it occasionally during dry weather the first year or two after planting,” Owings said. “Once it is established, this rose, as with most tough landscape roses and old tea roses, rarely requires supplemental irrigation.”
Tea roses like Mrs. B.R. Cant are hybrid roses, but they are not hybrid tea roses, Owings said.
This rose category was created from a Chinese rose having a tea-like scent. Tea roses originated in China and are large plants growing over 40 feet tall on the forested mountain slopes of Myanmar and Southwest China, where it receives abundant summer monsoonal rains and plentiful sun.
As a class, these roses are particularly well-suited to the southern United States, Owings said. “They are able to tolerate our heat and humidity, while retaining most of their foliage.”
They tend to be large, upright-growing plants that are often narrower at the base, and some grow as large climbing roses. The expanding flower buds have a classic, slender, pointed, cup shape, opening to give double to semi-double blooms, often with longer, higher petals in the center.
The pastel shades of the blooms are the essence of an old-fashioned rose garden. They range from pale yellows to blush pinks and carmine red, often with one shade suffused with another. They also have a light, sweet fragrance.
Prior winners of the Gulf District Rose of the Year include Belinda’s Dream in 2015 and Cinco de Mayo in 2016. These varieties along with Mrs. B.R. Cant are available from a wide range of local garden centers and mail order nurseries.
“Mrs. B.R. Cant is worthy of being added to your rose plantings in 2017,” Owings said.
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