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Initial post 27 AUG by BenT_TX
I bought this rose against my better judgment, as most exotic colored roses in this color range tend to be shrink , burn, lose color and be disease ridden in my very hot and humid climate. What a surprise to find that it’s been an outstanding garden performer! Seems to always be covered in blooms, repeats fast and generously, keeping respectable size and petal count over an extremely hot summer. The color is truely royal and unique, very rich velvet dark red, sometimes with suffused with violet purple tones, and a cream yellow reverse. Sometimes the blooms take on russet tones as they age. Form is beautiful classic HT, nice spirals that show the interplay of colors. It has most incredibly beautiful glossy dark foliage too, looks like some carefully lacquered tropical houseplant. I agree this rose should have been named Dark Knight, it’s a mysterious beauty that Batman would grow, lol.
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Initial post 27 AUG by BenT_TX
At its best in the spring when the color is quite unique...coral red stripes on an apricot orange base. It seems to lose its stripes in hot weather and become a solid dark smoky orange, not very attractive to me. The plant is healthy, bushy, blooms heavily and repeats often, having ideal floribunda qualities. Alas, that summer color doesn’t look good by itself and clashes with pretty much every other rose in the garden.
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Initial post 27 AUG by BenT_TX
The color is light pink on rose pink, more subtle than most striped roses. Form , substance and fragrance were all very good. However, after itts first spring flush, this rose has sat like a inert green lump for 5 months...no repeat bloom whatsoever, seems to not grow at all once the heat settles in. Hard to believe a new for 2018 rose originating from Weeks in hot Wasco CA could have such nonexistent summer performance. Meanwhile, I have First Prize, supposedly a 1970s exhibition diva, planted at the same time right next to it, and First Prize has produced an additional 3 spectacular flushes of bloom while Parade Day produced nothing. Go figure.
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Initial post 19 AUG by BenT_TX
Fantastic garden performer , vigorous, bushy, extremely free blooming . New stems seem to come out of every leaf axil and end in a beautiful bloom. The color is the cool side of yellow...like distilled clear autumn sunshine, very refreshing, mixes easily with most other colors, and is among the most colorfast of yellows. There is no tawny orange or pink shading, it’s a true yellow. Blooms hold decent size and petal count in heat, despite Weeks’ comment about better size in cool weather, Mellow Yellow bloomed right through my Texas heat wave where temperatures soared to 110 degrees. Overall I think this is a huge improvement over older yellows such as Oregold or Midas Touch. Somewhat underrated and underplanted in my opinion, this is my top pick for a true yellow HT.
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