'Aussie Sixer' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Girija and Viru
Apricot or apricot blend Tea.Registration name: VirsafExhibition name:
Apricot blend or apricot. Strong fragrance. Average diameter 4". Medium to large, double (17-25 petals), borne mostly solitary bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season.
Medium, bushy. Medium, glossy, medium green foliage.
Height of up to 4' (up to 120 cm).
Exceptional petal texture for a Tea
Australia and India are two countries in which cricket has become almost a religion. One of the most spectacular achievements on the cricket field is the ‘sixer’ – when a batsman hits the ball so hard that it lifts up high and sails over the field and into the stadium, earning him six runs to his total.
Similarly in the field of rose books, the new book on Tea Roses, written by six enterprising, indefatigable and knowledgeable ladies from Australia, is a spectacular achievement.
Just as the Tea Rose Book is a sparkling new assessment of what is old, the parentage of my ‘Aussie Sixer’ is a combination of the best of old and hopefully of the new – one of the oldest of Tea roses, ‘Safrano’ combined with the Noisette, ‘Reve d’Or’ and the species Rosa gigantea itself. In other words, ‘Aussie Sixer’ is the result of crossing Safrano x my ‘Manipur Magic’ ( R.gigantea x Reve d’Or).
We were keen to name a rose to honour the tremendous work done by the six ladies, and after getting their permission, we have named this Tea seedling of ours ‘Aussie Sixer’.
Named in honor of the six authors of the Australian book 'Tea Roses For Warm Gardens'