Monday, June 18, 2007

Hybrid Tea Rose (‘Fragrant Cloud’)

Hybrid Tea Rose ‘Fragrant Cloud’
Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ay)

Here are a couple of orange roses from the garden. I haven’t seen ‘Cary Grant’ or ‘Playboy’ this year but these two were blooming. ‘Fragrant Cloud’ is a hybrid tea rose with outstanding color and a strong fragrance. Mathias Tantau bred this rose in Germany in 1963. I didn’t think it was that old. The large blossoms are a real treat and can perfume a whole room when cut for the house. This rose has gotten black spot and mildew in my garden.
Parentage: Seedling × Prima Ballerina
Petal Count: 30
Synonyms: Duftwolke, Fragrant Cloud '84, Nuage Parfumé, TANellis

There is only one climbing rose on the entire estate, ‘Joseph’s Coat’. It has fantastic color on the flowers but it does have a lot of disease problems. It is also one of the thorniest roses I know of. It is not as vigorous as some climbers I have seen and seems to need a little more pruning than most. It is slightly fragrant and has a petal count of around 25. Bred by Armstrong & Swim in 1969 from the parents Buccaneer × Circus.

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