The main reason I grow roses is for cutting bouquets for my home or to brighten my desk at the office. I tend to choose roses at the nursery based on long and strong stems, vase life and scent. Most of my roses are hybrid teas, although I do have a couple of floribundas.
My absolute favourites though are the striped roses. The very first striped rose I grew was Red Intuition, a deep red rose with lighter red / dark pink stripes. Very subtle, but noticeable. Many rose lovers find the striped ones too garish, but few people can deny the subtle beauty of RI. This will always be a very special rose to me because my very first one was a gift from my in-laws. I had to leave the original one behind when we moved but lucky for me, my in-laws bought me a replacement at the Rose Festival at Ludwig’s Roses in Pretoria. Dankie Ma + Pa <3
Rock n Roll is a new favourite. This is a deep red, almost maroon with white stripes. It’s the rose at the top of the post. The stripes are very variable though, because the first bloom from this rose bush was mostly white. Since then they have been more red,with white stripes. It has a lovely sweet scent, that my sister describes as candy like. It reminds me of a less intense Papa Meilland. If I can get my timing right next year, I plan to exhibit this one at the rose shows. I’m literally “hedging” my bets…I’ve got four of the bushes in various places around the garden.
This rose was sold to me as a Crazy Spire, but it doesn’t grow or perform at all like expected. All signs point to it being a Camille Pissarro, which is marketed as Rainbow Nation in South Africa. The way the colours change into a soft pink as the rose ages are what makes me think this is a Camille P. Love it nonetheless.
Last but not least is this mystery rose. I think it could be Oranges and Lemons, but I’m still doing my research. It is from a small nursery that I’ve noticed often mislabels their roses. I took this picture the day I bought it.