Applejack was one of the first roses we planted at the End of the Road. It is the first rose to greet people as they come up to the Annual Rose Viewing, and the last to leave its image in their rear view mirrors.
Applejack is one of Griffith Buck‘s hybrids. Buck attended Iowa State University after serving in WWII and went on to teach there, and hybridize roses that were hardy and disease resistant. Last summer I added another Buck rose.
Carefree Beauty produced huge blooms, even though the plant stayed quite small. I can’t wait to see what it will do this year. Carefree Beauty is also an EarthKind rose which means it has been tested to be hardy and disease resistant, the kind of rose that does not need fussing, spraying or dusting with poison.
This morning I ordered two more Buck roses from Chamblee Rose Nursery.
Hawkeye Belle is a lovely pale pink that will become a fairly large shrub with large blooms. It is a repeat bloomer. It is hardy in Zone 4 and is described as being fragrant. One of its parents is the Queen Elizabeth rose which makes me very happy. I love Queen Elizabeth, but she never lasts very long on my hill. Too tender.
Quietness is said to be extremely fragrant, is a repeat bloomer, and about the same size as Hawkeye Belle. It is hardy to Zone 5.
I have other rose nurseries listed in the links column. I will buy a couple of other roses, but so far I haven’t decided which. They will have to be hardy and disease resistant, that much I know. The rose season has begun.