Rockin’ Roses in Golden Gate Park

Scentimental

On my quest through Golden Gate Park to find the Fuchsia Dell last weekend, I swung by the Rose Garden to see what was happening.  The Rose Garden was established in 1961 as a location for the SF chapter of the Rose Society to test out new varieties. There are three types of roses at the garden.  Hybrid tea the most popular. Their long stems make them one of the better cut flowers, but they often don’t have a scent. Grandifloras are the big  flowered, large shruby roses. According to wikipedia they were hot from the 50′s through the 80′s. Floribundas have tons of flowers.

Strike it Rich – Grandiflora

One of my problems with roses is that they all have dorky/mushy names. Kind of like the frou frou peony names. It would be hard for me to buy a plant named ‘Scentimental’. If ‘Strike it Rich’ was named ‘Gold Digger’ I’d think about it. It’s still pretty unlikely that I’d plant a rose in our garden.

Perfect Moment – Hybrid Tea

It’s perfect, except for the black spots all over the leaves. I make fun, but I’m not a rose hater.

Caribbean – Hybrid Tea

It’s like a warm sunset in Jamaica.

Solitude – Grandiflora

What a lonely name for such a sweet rose.

Julia Child – Floribunda

Even Julia Child has a rose named after her.

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