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'Delightful' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 49-044
most recent 22 OCT 13 SHOW ALL
Initial post 23 OCT 10 by Warren Millington
hi there

just wondering (delightful is classified HT, colour yellow red) but in the photo section for this rose they are white?

cheers warren millington
Reply #1 of 5 posted 23 OCT 10 by HMF Admin
Thank you, we need more members to point out likely errors like these. We'll have to contact the photo's contributor for a possible explanation. Thanks again for taking the time to let us know.
Reply #2 of 5 posted 1 OCT 11 by Andy Vanable

This rose is growing in the Brownell bed at the Roger Williams Park Victorian Rose Garden. It was given to the Park by a surviving member of the Brownell family. It is clearly tagged in her handwriting. A possible explanation for the "white" flowers can be found in the description from Modern Roses 12: I can say with confidence that this description is well written, and describes the plant reasonably well. The buds are green-tinted, open "straw-yellow" and quickly fade to white. I am, however, trying to propogate this rose, just in case it is a sport of Delightful?


"Delightful HT, yb, 1956, Brownell; bud pointed; flowers straw-yellow, base shaded red, 4-5 in., 35-50 petals, high-centered, moderate fragrance; upright, compact growth; PP1372; (Curly Pink x Shades of Autumn)"
Reply #5 of 5 posted 1 OCT 11 by Warren Millington
Hi Andy; Had a look at Delightful in Modern Roses 12, it said yb with red occurring lower down, what they might be saying it may have a red flush on the lower and older guard petals?

Reply #6 of 5 posted 2 OCT 11 by Andy Vanable

I need to do a little more research on this rose. Our rose society meets again next Saturday. Hopefully, Dr. Brownell's granddaugher will be there, and I can talk with her more about the rose. I don't see the red area on this rose now, but it is fall here in Rhode Island, and some of Brownell's roses have different coloring in the fall. There is always that other possibility that this rose has sported into something different. Maybe someone else out there is growing Delightful and can add their experiences with it as well. Either way, the rose needs to be propogated and grown by more people. The thought of losing another valuable piece of rose history would be devastating.

Reply #8 of 5 posted 22 OCT 13 by Coriaceous
I saw the plant in question last weekend. With apologies for the exposure problems in the pics I took, you can see the petals first emerge a beautiful and unusual pale apple green, turning a clear pale yellowish green or greenish yellow as they open, then fading quickly to white. As shown, a couple of unfolding buds had guard petals brushed outside with pinkish-red---others did not. I see no reason to doubt that the plant in question is the Brownells' 'Delightful'.

Foliage was healthy and showed minimal blackspot. I suspect this might be an interesting parent in breeding green garden roses.
Discussion id : 66-392
most recent 16 AUG 12 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 16 AUG 12 by NEroseman
This cannot possibly be 'Delightful'.
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