Wordless Wednesday is dedicated to a rose called ‘Children’s Hopeâ„¢’ with a mission to contribute to the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation. It’s perfect for small space and container gardening. And it’s perfectly named. Here’s Weeks Roses description of their rose and what it looks like in the garden from every angle.
Their mission is to improve treatment, help with quality of life and the long-term outlook of children with brain and spinal cord tumors through research, support, education, and advocacy to families and survivors.
Each sale of the ‘Childrenâ€™s Hopeâ„¢’ rose helps to achieve this mission with a portion of the proceeds going back to the foundation. The foundation contribution is an added bonus to your purchase as you are also getting a blooming machine of a rose!
Each little medium red pompom-like flower is produced in big clusters on a perfectly even rounded plant. The shorter compact habit makes this selection ideal for a smaller spot in the landscape or as a focal point in a decorative pot on a balcony or patio. If this describes what youâ€™re looking for in the garden, donâ€™t look any further as ‘Childrenâ€™s Hopeâ„¢’ has shown excellent performance in most climates of the country with very good disease resistance.
Medium red with light smoke on the edge
Slight tea to fruity
Pointed & ovoid
Old fashion, decorative & very double
Small, around 1Â½-2 inch diameter, in large clusters
“Since 2011, Biltmoreâ€™s Rose Garden has been home to the trials in which more than 90 varieties from growers and breeders worldwide have been planted and cared for by Biltmoreâ€™s expert horticulturalists. Each trial lasts two years and a permanent jury judges the roses four times per year. During this yearâ€™s competition, the international and permanent juries will conduct the final round of judging for the trial group of 29 roses planted in 2012.
â€œBiltmoreâ€™s historic Rose Garden is the perfect setting for trials,â€ said Lucas Jack, Biltmoreâ€™s rosarian and trials manager. â€œWeâ€™ve enjoyed introducing these new varieties to our guests as they stroll through the gardens. It has been an educational experience, and it complements the work we do to care for Biltmoreâ€™s collection of old garden and modern roses.â€
Before entering their roses into trials and competition, breeders work on their creations for four or five years prior. Roses to be judged this year are from Canada, France, Ireland, Germany, the UK and the U.S.
The trials are a valuable way for the home gardener to learn what roses do well and what may be potential candidates for their own gardens. Trials of this type are open to rose breeders around the world â€“ from professional to beginner. New rose varieties will be planted for trial each May. They are evaluated for overall health and rigor; fragrance; disease resistance; and ability to repeat bloom.
Guests visiting Biltmoreâ€™s gardens may view the roses currently on trial in borders in the Walled Garden and areas near the Rose Garden. Peak blooming time in Biltmoreâ€™s rose garden occurs typically in mid-May and September.”
Thank-you Paul Zimmerman on twitter @PZimmermanRoses Lucas Jack, Parker Andes and LeeAnn DonnellyÂ and all the gracious folks who were the epitome of Southern hospitality at The Biltmore on Twitter @BiltmoreEstate for inviting us to judge this spectacular affair. Check out @VisitNC on Twitter