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'Valia Balkanska' rose Description
'Buffy Sainte-Marie' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Mander, George
Availability:
Commercially available
Synonyms:
HMF Ratings:
20 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT.  
ARS:
Orange-pink Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: MANclassic
Exhibition name: Buffy Sainte-Marie
Origin:
Bred by George Mander (Canada, 1996).
Introduced in Canada by Select Roses in 1996 as 'Valia Balkanska'.
Class:
Hybrid Tea.  
Bloom:
Orange-pink.  Mild fragrance.  15 to 25 petals.  Average diameter 4.25".  Prolific, continuous (perpetual) bloom throughout the season.  
Habit:
Height of 28" to 35" (70 to 90 cm).  Width of 2' to 30" (60 to 75 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 5b and warmer.  Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant.  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.  
Breeder's notes:
Gene Froc from Saskatchewan, Canada (where it goes to 40 below F) reports :
I am most impressed with Buffy Sainte-Marie because it had no cane die back this winter although, as with all my tender roses, I provide winter protection. Nevertheless, I only cover about 12 to 16 inches of cane and anything above that usually dies back (tender roses). Some die back to just below the cover and some die back to within several inches above the bud union. I am pleased to report, however, that Buffy did not die back at all this winter. That is just amazing to me. The canes seem to be as hardy as most of the Canadian Parkland and Explorer series. In fact, I would say hardier than some of these.

‘Buffy Sainte-Marie’ Rose now “Reclassified” from Fl. to HT !!!
(See American Rose Mag. Aug.03, pg.35)
Reason for change :
This rose produces beautiful single disbudded blooms for exhibition. At it’s first show in ‘98 in Seattle I won the trophy for Best Single FL. and more in the following years at other shows. It also won as a single Fl. floating in a bowl.
At our local Vancouver, BC 2002 show, three disbudded single blooms in one vase won the trophy for
“MOST MERITORIOUS EXHIBIT” in Division II . (Includes "all vases" of HT’s, Fl. & OGR)

Blooms in sprays for show do not always open at the same time and sprays are not always spaced evenly for exhibition. For a garden rose it does not make a difference !!!

For the last two years many of my friends suggested to change the classification to HT which I finally did before our local 2003 show. I must have had 20 or more disbudded blooms 2 weeks before the show as we had an early spring. Disbudded, the bloom dia. is an average of 5 1/2 ". I had only one good bloom left for the show which was just 4 1/2 inches and to my surprise it almost won Queen. It came in a close second (King! ) with 3 - 2 for the other bloom, as the judges had told me later. Had it been over 5 inches it could have won Queen easily. Now many exhibitors are asking me for plants of B.S.M.
Check out the link on my “ROSE INFO” page for the ‘Buffy Sainte-Marie’ rose.
http://www3.telus.net/georgemander/stories/buffy.html

There are several "Winning Bloom" images from 2003 rose shows. Plus a winning floater (2 images) from a Wash.State rose show. Click on "Photos" link above.
Notes:
Nov. 2006, Report by Brad Jalbert, owner of "Select Roses" (see "Buy From" above)

Hybridized in BC by my good friend and world class rose breeder Mr. George Mander. Buffy's most remarkable feature is the colour. Brilliant glowing shades of pink, salmon, oranges that come together in an almost electric rose. The form is outstanding, pointed and high centered with flowers being borne in small clusters or on single stems. The plant is hardy and easy to grow, reaching about 3 feet or more. Everyone loves the colour of this rose and she is hard to find so if you want Buffy in your garden, come see us! Mid green healthy foliage. She makes a wonderful cutting rose and is always a crowd favorite.
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I just had a report from somebody at GardenWeb :
Posted by: "solitude" on Wed, Feb 1, 06 at 8:51
"My Buffy St-Marie purchased from Hortico is 3 yrs old. Very pretty colors, no BS but I do spray, JB's didn't bother too much and blooms almost continuously. It is upright growing about 3 1/2' tall now. One of my favorites."
 
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