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The Rose That Almost Wasn't.

Rescued from the jaws of death, it's Griffith Buck Rose "Prairie Sunrise!"

This rose had been giving us problems for a long time. We got it as a small band with good roots from Northland Rosarium in August 2011, along with the "Quietness" that turned out to be "Silver Shadows."

It's probably the slowest growing rose we have. Right now it's only 7 inches tall. It suffered canker in the early spring and was literally down to one cane when we decided to dig it up and give it a chance as a pot baby.

It has an impressive rootball for such a small rose!

It's attempted to bloom twice this summer, but we disbudded it in the hope of encouraging it to fill out some more. We figured we should be allowed to see one flower, though. And it is pretty. We'll probably pinch the buds that follow until it fills out the pot with growth.

It's probably no less vigorous than "Julia Child," but we started with "Julia" as a gallon. We're probably going to dig up and pot up "Julia" as well, though. If it suffers any winter dieback this year there isn't going to be anything left.



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Jul. 20th, 2012 09:52 pm (UTC)
Wow, that is a GORGEOUS rose! Another to add to my wishlist!
Jul. 21st, 2012 02:14 am (UTC)
Isn't it pretty? The flowers are supposed to be 4 inches across, but this one is practically a mini-flora. I guess it'll do bigger flowers when it's older.

I especially wanted to protect this one because it was hard to find and has the high petal count I like. It's only supposed to be 3' by 3' when fully grown, so it'd probably make a good pot rose.

I can't really fault it for how badly it's done...I planted it last year at a bad time and I really should have kept such a small rose in a pot, rather than leaving it at the mercy of the elements. Most people who have normal-sized Prairie Sunrises think that it's a pretty great rose. I recommend it if you can find it!

Edited at 2012-07-21 02:15 am (UTC)
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