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'Top Gear' rose Description
'Little Artist' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Dave and Deb Boyd
Availability:
Commercially available
Synonyms:
HMF Ratings:
64 favorite votes.  
Average rating: GOOD.  
ARS:
Red blend Miniature.
Registration name: MACmanly
Exhibition name: Little Artist
Origin:
Bred by Samuel Darragh McGredy IV (1977).
Introduced in New Zealand by McGredy Roses International (New Zealand) as 'Little Artist'.
Class:
Miniature.  
Bloom:
Red blend, white center.  Mild, apple fragrance.  10 to 16 petals.  Average diameter 1.25".  Semi-double (9-16 petals), cluster-flowered bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Habit:
Armed with thorns / prickles, bushy, upright.  Small, semi-glossy, medium green foliage.  
Height of 1' to 14" (30 to 35 cm).  
Growing:
USDA zone 6b and warmer.  Spring Pruning: Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third. In colder areas, you'll probably find you'll have to prune a little more than that.  Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) .  Can be grown in the ground or in a container (container requires winter protection).  
Breeder's notes:
Little Artist - Macmanly. Nicknamed Manly
Patents:
United States - Patent No: PP 6,907  on  11 Jul 1989   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 083040  on  7 Aug 1987
Inventor: Samuel McGredy (Auckland, NZ). A new miniature rose variety of variegated red and white flower coloring... Parentage: 'Eyepaint' x 'Ko's Yellow'... Among the novel characteristics possessed by this new variety which distinguish it from its parents and all other varieties are its variegated red and white petals which change to a brilliant solid red with a white eye or center as the bloom matures... Winter hardiness: Requires ordinary protection in extreme climates...
Notes:
Gwen Powell says 'Little Artist' is troublefree, compared to other roses. It stays low but spreads out along the ground. After pruning it heavily for the winter, it bloomed continuously the following March through November. The amount of red in the blooms seems to be tied into how much food the plant gets.