Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Marketplace Exhibitor Special - Until December 3, 2008

Are you a former VanDusen exhibitor or sponsor? Sign-up to participate at the World Rose Festival! Don’t miss your June show due to the cancellation of VanDusen.

VanDusen Special - from 3 Nov – 3 Dec 2008

Exhibit Space at VanDusen prices*

*Proof of 2006/07 VanDusen exhibitor/sponsor agreements required

*Limited quantities available

Contact Jacque Pitts, Festival Sponsor and Exhibit Manager, for more information.

Friday, November 7, 2008

A few great roses this Fall!!

Hey Everyone! Gosh I have been so busy its been a while since posting. I will do my best to keep up the writing.

This fall has been a superb rose year in my garden and I just had to tell you about a few that were still flowering this first week of November. If it wasn't for the heavy rain, the blooms would have opened better but I did manage to sneak a few buds into the house and I'm enjoying the last rose fragrance of the season. If you are familiar with some of my favorite roses you will probably know the ones I'm talking about but for those of you that are new to my favorite roses, here is a few fall 08 winnners!

Julie Child. This is simply the best yellow floribundas I have ever grown! It's an amazing garden plant, outstanding healthy foliage and a flower power to match. I love the unique licorice fragrance. Everyone that plants one of these babies just raves about it! Julie bloomed from spring until fall this year, never out of flower and ohhh that yummy scent! This is what modern roses CAN be.

Summer Memories! and sweet ones they were. This is a new German Bred rose from the great Kordes breeding firm and falls into the "Fairy Tale" group of roses. They are known for amazing resistance to disease, ease of culture and winter hardiness. I LOVED the foliage on this rose, the charming old fashion looking flowers and that sweet almost fresh apple scent was very pleasing. Mom said it was such a crisp fresh looking rose! I agree - a real winner that kept on performing until fall.

"2009 Brad Jalbert Hybrid"
This is one of my new floribundas that has done outstanding in all out test trials! She grows with amazing vigour, well branched and has never been bothered by Blackspot or Powdery Mildew. Our Field plants were the best looking roses we had this year and I'm just so excited to see it introduced in 09. The naming and promo information on this beauty is top secret right now so I can't tell you more! Every one one of our test growers has sent in glowing reports on this variety. From what I have seen, it is the best floribunda in its colour glass. The flowers have a nicely formed bud, and open cleanly to reveal a nice boss of gold stamens. Her flowers held up great in the fall rains and as of today, November 7th, there is not a sign of Blackspot on the foliage! I'm one proud daddy here.

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