A Rose (Tournament of Roses) and a Tip for a Happy, Healthy and Successful Living

Tournament of Roses

Class:   Grandiflora

Parentage:   ‘Impatient’ x seedling

Hybridizer – William Warriner

Date of Introduction:   1988

This pink grandiflora of 25 to 30 petals is aptly named in honor of the Tournament of Roses, the famous parade of all times held annually on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, California. Tournament of Roses is an AARS selection in 1989. It is sometimes classified as a hybrid tea because of the shape of its flowers although it is really a grandiflora.

Bloom size is 3.5 inches on long stem with light fragrance. The blooms have all shades of pink within them – deep pink in the center, pale pink at the edges, darker pink on the outside. Tournament of Roses blooms profusely in clusters of 5 to 7 blooms like a floribunda on a medium upright bush with glossy dark green leaves and large prickles. It is highly disease-resistant and easy to grow. It produces blooms well into the winter.  Tournament of Roses is both an excellent rose for exhibition and garden rose with plenty of blooms to enjoy outside in the garden and to take indoors to enjoy.


Tip #39 – Don’t accept “good enough” as good enough.


Until Next time. Stop and Smell the Roses.






A Rose (Signature) and a Tip for a Happy, Healthy and Successful Living


Photo Credit – Bob Sabin


Class:   Hybrid Tea

Cultivar Name:   JACnor

Parentage:   ‘Honor’ x ‘First Federal’s Renaissance

Year of Introduction:   1996

Hybridizer:   William Warriner


‘Signature’ is most definitely a rose lover’s Rose. It was Jackson and Perkins Rose of the Year in 1996. Its consistent winning performance on the exhibition floor makes it a great choice for gardeners looking to show their roses and win. It is one of the top ten exhibition roses in the country since its introduction in 1996.

‘Signature’ is remarkable for the sheer size and intense coloration of its blooms with a hot pink base tone and cream-streaked centers on satiny petals that create a fantastic glowing effect as if the bloom was lit from within. Add to this the rose’s vigorous, tall, upright habit and great disease resistance, and it is easy to see why this rose earns the name ‘Signature’.

Bred as an exhibition rose, this prize-winner is a real standout in the vase! Borne mostly singly, these perfectly formed blooms arrive in waves all summer long. They open from long, pointed buds to form a huge, high-centered perfectly formed blooms, 5 to 6 inches in diameter, 30 to 40 petals count on a long stem about 18 inches long. Upright and vigorous, the plant will swiftly reach 4 to 5 feet tall and wide. ‘Signature’ offers clean, thick leathery, dark green foliage with superb disease resistance to mildew. If you’re looking for a carefree hybrid tea with some of the most jaw-dropping blooms ever seen and fruity fragrance, then introduce your garden to ‘Signature’.

Because it grows all the way down to the ground, it eliminates the need for foreground plantings. Plant ‘Signature’ in a well-drained sunny spot. It tolerates most soil type as long as they stay evenly moist but not wet. Because ‘Signature’ is not very cold hardy, it is better suited growing in the ground than in containers. If grown in containers, it requires winter protection. Protection from spring frosts is also recommended. Plant it in the garden in a group of three with some blue perennial like salvia or dephinium and the effect is quite dazzling.

Tip #38 – Everyday look for ways to improve the way you do your job.


Until Next time. Stop and Smell the Roses.


A Rose (Frida Kahlo) and a Tip for a Happy, Healthy and Successful Living



Class: Floribunda

Hybridizer: Christian Bedard & Tom Carruth

Parentage: ‘City of San Francisco’ x ‘Baby Love’

Registration Name: WEKcifrabaun

Date of Introduction: 2018

Introducer: Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower, Inc.


For lovers of striped roses, Frida Kahlo is a great rose – novel coloring, loads of blooms, disease resistant and fragrant. Its yellow, orange and red coloring stood out against its glossy, dark green foliage. A vigorous, bushy, upright plant, it has 5-6 flowers per cluster. The bloom averages 3.5” in diameter and has a mild fragrance. It grows to 30-36” in height with a similar spread of 30-36” in width.


When I first saw it on Spring Hill Nurseries catalog which has an exclusive in it, I knew I wanted it. I’m not into orange roses but with the colorful combination of yellow, orange and red, it was not as glaring as a true orange rose. The color is just beautiful. If you like striped roses, this is a must-have. Mine is planted in a pot since I run out of garden space but that did not deter me from getting this rose.


Tip #37 – Spend less time worrying who is right and more time deciding what is right.


Until Next time. Stop and smell the roses.

Rosalinda R Morgan

Author & Garden Writer

A Rose (Blush Noisette) and a Tip for a Happy, Healthy and Successful Living


Class:   Noisette

Date of Introduction:   Before 1817


‘Blush Noisette‘ is an original American Rose.  It belongs to a group called Noisette Roses whose origin began in Charleston, South Carolina.  It has a soft pinkish white blooms and it has a very sweet fragrance.  It is very disease resistant and always looking healthy. It is not winter hardy. I planted two on each end of my neighbor’s garage and they are doing quite well without maintenance at all. I gave them Epsom salt in the fall and a handful of fertilizer in the spring and that’s all the food they get. The last two years, they only got watered by rain since my garden hose won’t reach them. I pruned them early in the season and again after the first flush. Sometime in the late summer, I prune them once more to control their growth. It is a great rose and for those who are looking for a low maintenance rose, this is your best choice. Fragrant and floriferous!


The origin of Noisette Rose is debatable since some rose historians said it originated in Charleston, SC where Philippe Noisette transmitted the plants to Paris. Others said it was John Champney, also of Charleston, SC who raised the original variety called ‘Champney Rose‘ or ‘Champney’s Pink Cluster’ from the seed of the ‘White Musk Rose’ or ‘Rosa Moschata’, fertilized by the ‘Old Blush China’ and sent cuttings to William Prince. From these an immense number were propagated and sent to England and France. The old ‘Blush Noisette Rose‘ was raised a few years after by Philippe Noisette from the seed of the ‘Champney Rose’ and this was sent to his brother, Louis Noisette of Paris, under the name of Noisette Rose. ‘Blush Noisette’ is more double than ‘Champney Pink’ and more dwarf and compact growth, the flowers in very large dense panicles. The old ‘Champney’s Pink Cluster’, not as full but it has rapid growth and great for pillars and trellises.


Tip #36 – Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.


Until Next time. Stop and smell the roses.

Rosalinda R Morgan

Author & Garden Writer






A Rose (Easy Does It) and a Tip for a Happy, Healthy and Successful Living

Easey Does It John Murray RGW
Easy Does It – Photo by John Murray of Rose Gardening World

Class:  Floribunda

Year of Introduction: 2010

Parentage:  (‘Queen Charlotte‘ x ‘Della Balfour‘) x ‘Baby Love


Easy Does It‘ is the ARS Members’ Choice Award for 2013 and has a rating of 7.9 in the 2018 ARS Handbook for Selecting Roses.


Easy Does It‘ is classified as a floribunda, and was bred by Harkness Roses in the United Kingdom before 2006. It was introduced in the United States by Weeks Roses in 2010. The blooms of ‘Easy Does It‘ are medium-large, double with a petal count of 25 to 30 with moderate fruity fragrance, borne in clusters of cupped, ruffled and scalloped blooms that are unique in color of mango orange, peach pink & ripe apricot.


In addition to the ARS 2013 Member’s Choice Award, ‘Easy Does It‘ has won many past awards in various rose trials throughout the world. In 2010, it was one and only rose to be awarded the AARS (All American Rose Selection) winner.


Tip #35 – Show respect for police officers and firefighters. They are out there to protect us everyday. 


Until Next time. Stop and Smell the Roses.


A Rose (Rosarium Uetersen) and a Tip for a Happy, Healthy and Successful Living



Class:   Climber

Date of Introduction:   1977

Parentage:   ‘Karlsruhe’ (hybrid kordesii, Kordes, 1957) x seedling

Hybridizer:   Reimer Kordes



‘Rosarium Uetersen’ was named for the German rose garden that employed Reimer Kordes as a hybridizer. It is a climber with a petal count of 100+, growing 6-12 ft. high and 6+ ft. wide. The medium to large blooms opens wide and almost flat and has a light scent and leathery green foliage. The color varies from deep pink to coral with a tint of silvery pink as they age. The bloom can be singly or in clusters which can get heavy and will tend to droop. It is disease resistant and will rebloom intermittently throughout the season.


I have seen ‘Rosarium Uetersen’ in a public garden and also in a rose show where it always gets to the top award table. I saw this rose at its main flush and the deep rose pink color made a great statement. At the garden, it was growing draped over a pergola and the pergola was covered with huge clusters of deep pink blooms. I tried to look for it in some catalogs but for a while I could not find it. A couple of years ago, I saw it in one of the catalogs and I ordered it. They must have changed the name because when the order arrived with the other roses, I could not find it in the box. As I was unpacking and checking my order, there was one rose left and it was Seminole Wind. I didn’t remember ordering it. Then the invoice cleared it up. ‘Seminole Wind’ is ‘Rosarium Uetersen’. I have never heard of ‘Seminole Wind’ before. It is always exhibited as ‘Rosarium Uetersen’. I planted it next to a post and there it is, pictured above and on the banner.


Tip # 33 – Don’t delay acting on a good idea. Chances are someone out there has just thought of the same thing. Success come to the one who acts first.


Until Next time. Stop and Smell the Roses.

Rosalinda R Morgan

Author & Garden Writer



A Rose (Mutabilis) and a Tip for a Happy, Healthy and Successful Living


Rose:   Mutabilis

Class:   China

Date of Introduction:   Before 1894


Mutabilis was probably introduced to Italy from China, and then introduced to commerce in 1934 by way of a Swiss botanist Henri Correvon of Geneva who got his cuttings from the garden of Italian Prince Ghilberto Borromeo at Isola Bella. Otherwise known as the “Butterfly Rose” because when the plant is in full bloom with the multi-flowered flowers, Mutabilis appears to be covered with butterflies fluttering on the plant and this China rose is so easy to spot.


Mutabilis sports different colored blooms unlike those of any other rose, ranging from soft yellow as it opens with an orange blush on the underside, slowly turning into shades of peach, then pink, then eventually darkest pinkish red. Each color usually lasts for a day. All different colors can appear on the same bush at the same time. Its blooms have a slight fragrance which disappears as it ages.


Mutabilis is a single, five-petal rose. Rose is considered single when it has less than eight petals. The first blooms appear in clusters and continue through to hard frost. It does not mind cold, but it is sensitive to frost. It is slow to start but worth the wait. The plant is versatile, vigorous, sending long canes with glossy, narrow, tapering leaves with purplish tint and can tolerate partial shade and can thrive in poor soil.


I saw a Mutabilis covering a front porch in Charleston, SC the first time I visited the city. The homeowner saw me about to take a picture and without saying a word, he graciously moved his truck out of the way so I could take a picture. That is the picture above that I took. After I took my shot, he moved his truck back. I was impressed! Nice people, those Charlestonians!!!


Mutabilis makes an excellent hedge, can be grown as a landscape accent or in mass planting. In mild climates and protected locations, it can grow up to 6 to 10 ft. tall and wide as a shrub and can be utilized as a climber and can grow up to 15 ft. in height.


Mutabilis is very popular because it is very disease resistant. It is no wonder Mutabilis has been selected as one of the EarthKind Roses. It has also won the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit in 1993.


Tip #32 – Early on, put your head down, learn as much as you can, and look up in 10 years.


Until Next time. Stop and Smell the Roses.


A Rose (Othello) and a Tip for a Happy, Healthy and Successful Living


Rose:   Othello

Class:   Shrub

Date of Introduction:   1991

Hybridizer:  David Austin

Parentage: ‘Lilian Austin’ x ‘The Squire’




Othello is one of the richly colored roses of David Austin roses. It has a very large, full-petaled flowers, approximately 80 petals, of cupped form that mature to extremely full, rounded blooms. It has rich dark crimson blooms which pale as the blooms age and turn to pleasing shades of pink, purple and mauve. Habit is tall, robust, upright and bushy, with numerous strong thorns and dusky, dark matt green foliage. Very resistant to pests and disease. Exceptionally free-flowering, with pronounced Old Rose fragrance. Grows to 5 ft high x 5 ft. wide. It performs very well in the heat, although it can be very vigorous in warmer areas, so should be summer pruned to maintain a shapely shrub.

I had two planted on either side of my walkway in front of my home in New York which attracted some passersby. I know a dentist who works at the end of my street and parked his car across my house and told me he did that so he could smell my roses. Where I live now, I planted another one in front of my house between Cramoisi Superieur and Scentimental. If you love David Austin rose, this is one rose to have. It is one of the earliest introductions by David Austin Roses.

Named after William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Othello, which was first presented at Whitehall Palace in London on Nov. 1, 1604.


Tip #31 – When things are not moving favorably for you, think about what’s positive and how you can build on it.


Until Next time. Stop and Smell the Roses.

Rosalinda R Morgan

Author & Garden Writer




A Rose (Grande Dame) and a Tip for a Happy, Healthy and Successful Living

Grande Dame Hybrid Tea Rose
Grande Dame – Photo Courtesy of Edmunds Roses

Rose:   Grande Dame

Class:   Hybrid Tea

Date of introduction:   2011

Hybridizer:   Tom Carruth

Parentage:   ‘Meredith’ x ‘Wild Blue Yonder’


If you are looking for a fragrant rose besides the old standby, Grande Dame is your answer. Grande Dame is considered a Hybrid Tea rose with the old fashioned form and an old Garden rose fragrance. The bloom is quite large, 5 to 6 inches across with over 30-petal count and its color of deep rose-pink has a hint of blue tones provided by its ‘Wild Blue Yonder’ parentage. The scent of its bloom invites you to bury your nose in it and inhale its old garden rose fragrance which is quite strong reminding you of Grandma’s Garden.

Grande Dame grows into a big shrub about 4 to 5 ½ feet in height with few thorns. The foliage is deep green and very disease resistant. Grande Dame blooms in flushes all through the season, giving plenty of blooms to enjoy its fragrance inside your home and in the garden as well as a great addition to your landscape.

Grande Dame is one rose to have in your garden – it’s vigorous, disease resistant, great color, plenty of beautiful blooms and very fragrant. So what are you waiting for?


Tip #30 – Spend your time wisely. For when it’s lost, it cannot be retrieved.


Until Next time. Stop and Smell the Roses.

Rosalinda R Morgan

Author & Garden Writer


A Rose (Alnwick Castle) and a Tip for a Happy, Healthy and Successful Living



Rose:   Alnwick Castle

Class:   Shrub

Date of Introduction:   2002

Hybridizer:   David Austin


I had ‘Alnwick Castle’ in my garden in New York and I bought one for my garden in Charleston.

‘Alnwick Castle’ has beautiful pink flowers, about 120 petals, cup-shaped buds that gradually open to deeply cupped flowers with pointed edge petals. The color is soft pink with pale pink edges. It is bushy, relatively upright, 4 ft. tall by 2 ½ ft. wide and stays compact. It continues to bloom all season long. Foliage is polished green and perfectly complements the flowers. It is hardy, fairly disease resistant and has a good Old Rose fragrance with just a hint of raspberry.

‘Alnwick Castle’ rose is named for The Alnwick Garden in the UK which has a wonderful collection of roses.


Tip #29 – Give others credit for what they do. Show your appreciation of what they have done by saying “thank you”.


Until Next time. Stop and Smell the Roses.

Rosalinda R Morgan

Author & Garden Writer


A Rose (Rose de Rescht) and a Tip for a Happy, Healthy and Successful Living

Rose de Rescht

Rose:   Rose de Rescht

Class:   Portland

Date of Introduction:   About 1880


This compact Portland rose is a very reliable rebloomer. It gives a big flush of tightly-formed rosette blooms in spring, pompon like and if you keep on deadheading it just keeps on blooming. Fragrance is very strong. Buds open in fuchsia-red color and fade into light lilac. ‘Rose de Rescht’ will tolerate some shade.


The only disease I find is rust but all I do is prune the stems that are affected and new healthy shoots appear. Parentage is obscure, possibly Persian and discovery date is speculated at about 1880 but its recurring blooming qualities coupled with those old fashioned traits and its strong fragrance entitle this rose a place in any garden, large or small. ‘Rose de Rescht’ is eligible for Victorian Rose Award at a rose show.


I planted lavender ‘Hidcote’ next to it. They complement each other in color and fragrance. Since ‘Rose de Rescht’ is a compact little rose, it is also a good specimen for container planting. For history buffs, ‘Rose de Rescht’ was believed to be growing at Castle Howard, in Yorkshire, England before the Second World War.


Tip #28 – Do not forgo sunscreen. Wrinkles and skin cancer can be avoided if you protect yourself.


Until Next time. Stop and Smell the Roses.

Rosalinda R Morgan

Author & Garden Writer

A Rose (Peace) and a Tip for a Happy, Healthy and Successful Living

Peace Rose

Rose:   Peace

Class:   Hybrid Tea

Date of Introduction: 1945

Parentage:   (‘George Dickson’ x ‘Souvenir de Claudius Pernet’) x (‘Joanna Hill’ x ‘Chas. P. Kilham’) x ‘Margaret McGredy”

Hybridizer:  Francis Meilland in the late 1930s


The rose that is called ‘Peace’ in the United States and Great Britain is called ‘Mme Antoine Meilland’ in France, ‘Gioia’ (Joy) in Italy and ‘Gloria Dei” (The Glory of God) in Germany. ‘Peace is one of the most famous roses of the century if not of all times. It is one of the few modern roses surrounded by legend and myth. It was bred by Francis Meilland under the code name 335-40 and named it Madame A. Meilland, after his mother. Francis Meilland hybridized another lemon yellow rose with ‘Peace’ as the parent and named her ‘Grand’mere Jenny’, after his paternal grandmother.


One story goes that it was hybridized in France in the last years before World War II, and escaped as unnamed cuttings in the last American diplomatic bag to leave Paris as World War II began. Recognized as a winner, the rose was propagated by Conard-Pyle Co., a leading American rose nursery and released in 1945. Because it returned in peacetime to a liberated France, ‘Peace’ was the name the rose was given. Later, the ‘Peace’ rose took the world by storm after being the centerpiece on all the tables at the organizational meeting of the United Nations at San Francisco in 1945.


Another version of the story of ‘Peace’ is that it began in France when the Nazi invasion forced young Francis Meilland to smuggle three one-pound packages of an experimental rose into other countries. Two of the packages were confiscated, but the third made it to Robert Pyle of Conard-Pyle Co. in the United States. Ten years later, after this rose of outstanding character and quality had been tested throughout the United States, the ARS planned a special name-giving ceremony. At the Pacific Rose Society Exhibition in Pasadena, CA, Robert Pyle declared “We are persuaded that this greatest new rose of our time should be named for the world’s greatest desire – Peace.” Francis Meilland’s rose was given its American and English name ‘Peace’ on April 29, 1945, the day Berlin fell to the allies. Nine years after introduction, an American authority estimated that some thirty million ‘Peace’ were growing in gardens around the world. Nowadays, nobody seems to have kept count. With all the royalties coming from the sale of ‘Peace’, the Meillands were able to build a rose hybridizing empire on the Cap d’Antibes on the Mediterranean shores.


Another melodramatic story, so often told, is that the budwood of ‘Peace’ was smuggled out of the south of France by a heroic U.S. embassy official in November 1942, just hours before the German invasion. It’s a very good story, but the truth of the matter according to Francis Meilland, is that the budwood was sent to Germany, Italy and the United States via ordinary postal channels in the summer of 1939. Southern France at that time was not yet invaded. It was perfect timing. By receiving a few cuttings in 1939, Conard-Pyle was able to introduce this rose at the San Francisco conference to found the United Nations, the day Berlin fell in 1945. If these cuttings were received in November 1942 they could not have started budding until 1943, and they could not have built up enough stock of this rose in time for nationwide distribution three years later.


The day the war with Japan ended, ‘Peace’ was given the All American Rose Selection Award. A month later, the day the peace treaty was signed with Japan, ‘Peace’ received the American Rose Society’s supreme Award, the Gold Medal. ‘Peace’ has won most of the world’s top rose awards: Gold Medal, Portland 1944; All American Rose Selection 1946; Gold Medal Certificate, American Rose Society 1947; Golden Rose, The Hague 1965; Hall of Fame, World Federation of Rose Societies 1976; and Award of Garden Merit, Royal Horticultural Society 1993. Today, ‘Peace’ is still the world’s favorite rose.


‘Peace’ is a vigorous, bushy, upright plant, 4-5 ft. tall with stiff canes covered with large, leathery, beautiful, dark green, glossy foliage with good disease-resistant quality. New growth appears light red. ‘Peace’ resents heavy pruning. Buds are high-centered and cupped at opening. Blooms are double (40 to 45 petals), 5 to 6 inches across, near perfect in form and more or less continuous flowering throughout the season. Colors vary from day to day but are essentially creamy yellow edged in rose pink. It has a slight fragrance. It is a good exhibition rose and an excellent cut flower. It’s rated 8.0 on the 2017 Handbook for Selecting Roses.


Flowers were huge in 1940s. Somehow ‘Peace’ planted in the 1940s and still thriving today at well-maintained public gardens, war memorials, or at the homes of veteran gardeners are larger compared to the blooms on the ‘Peace’ plant you will receive from any nursery today. Even if genetic science tells you otherwise, still the ‘Peace’ sold today is just a pale imitation of the old ‘Peace’. Vita Sackville-West hated it and thought it horribly coarse.


Hybrid teas bred since the 1950s often have at least a little ‘Peace’ blood in them. Of the many mutations of ‘Peace’ introduced over the years, the most popular is ‘Chicago Peace’. Other sports of ‘Peace’ are ‘Berlin’, ‘Garden Party’, ‘Gold Crown’, ‘Glowing Peace’, ‘Love and Peace’ (2002 AARS Selection), ‘Perfume Delight’, ‘Pink Rose’, ‘Princesse de Monaco’, ‘Royal Highness’, ‘Speaker Sun’, ‘Sterling Silver’, and ‘Tropicana’.


A Climbing form was introduced in 1950. ‘Climbing Peace’ is a climbing sport of ‘Peace’. It has shiny, deep green, almost leathery foliage, and it has a very pleasing color, peachy pink suffused with apricot yellow. Its buds are exquisitely pointed, and they open into large, long-lasting flowers. It is so robust and healthy that you never have to spray it with pesticides. Its one real flaw is a complete lack of fragrance.


‘Peace’ is showcased at the following Display Gardens: Sturgeon Memorial Rose Garden, Largo, FL; Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, GA; Julia Davis Rose Garden, Boise, ID; George L. Luthy Memorial Rose Garden, Peoria, IL; Richmond Rose Garden, Richmond, IN; City of Portland Rose Circle, Portland, ME; The Jim Buck Ross Rose Garden, Jackson, MS; and Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk, VA.


Tip #27 – Increase your own happiness and peace of mind by paying three sincere compliments each day.



Until Next time. Stop and Smell the Roses.

Rosalinda R Morgan

Author & Garden Writer