Here are some of my observations about the roses Paul has produced and this is particularly true for the roses of his I grow. First, their blooms tend toward the old fashion forms, being cupped or opening flat and quartered, much like the English Roses which stand a generation or two behind many of them. Second, vivid color and fragrance are important and are almost always present. Take for example a rose like Treasure Trail which, unusual for his roses, has little floral fragrance. It certainly has the vivid color and while the typical fragrance is missing, it is made up for with the added balsam fragrance that the mossing on the outside of the sepals produces. This fragrance is strongly released when the mossing is stroked. Third, the bushes form and growth habit are that of a garden bush or shrub and not the stiff upright growth of a hybrid tea. Fourth, the plants are healthy in my climate. I have learned to be more conditional about this because different regions of the country have very different disease pressures on roses. (An example would be that in the summer, I spray my roses down several times a week. I believe this practice keeps my roses happy and healthy but in many areas people would be scandalized at the thought of intentionally wetting the leaves on their bushes. That is because humidity can be a prime driver of black spot.) These are my observations regarding some of the common themes that hold Paul's roses together.
So here are the Barden Roses I grow in the order I acquired them:
Golden Buddha is a Hybrid Bracteata which has intensely pumpkin colored blooms in the spring and fall and a lighter yellow in the summer. It is always in bloom, almost to a fault. In my garden the plant is only about a foot and a half tall and two feet wide. I wish it would get bigger and then produce the blooms it does. It may be because this past summer was the hottest on record in Oklahoma and that Golden Buddha had a hard time with the heat. Spring and Fall it shined in this its second year in my garden.
Jeri Jennings is a beautiful Hybrid Musk with buttery yellow blooms, wonderful tea fragrance and a nice spreading habit. Mine is grown in partial shade and has been very healthy. This ability to perform well with partial shade is a trait that Jeri Jennings shares with other Hybrid Musk roses. Some report dealing with black spot on this rose but this has been very minor for me. After two years it is four feet tall by six feet wide.
Treasure Trail is also a moss rose that grows much like a floribunda. Its blooms are quite unique opening to shades of pink, yellow, and salmon with old fashion form and a button eye. The flowers last a very long time either on the bush or in a vase. Besides being the most heavily mossed rose I grow, Treasure Trail has the most leathery dark green shiny leaves and grows as healthy and clean as anything in my garden. In two seasons it has grown to about two feet tall and three feet wide.
I added Dragon's Blood last Fall and do not have any pictures other than when it came as a young band with Carlin's Rhythm. Its flowers can be a smoldering fire orange/red but I have yet to see it bloom and will look forward to its growth this coming year along with the next two.
I added Mel Hulse on an impulse to my order of Pam's Choice. It is not that I hadn't thought about ordering Mel Hulse before, I just hadn't pulled the trigger. Mel Hulse is a Moss rose which like Unconditional Love and Treasure Trail is the progeny of Ralph Moore's Scarlet Moss. On the other side of its family tree is the English Rose The Prince.
Here is to dreaming of spring's blossoms.