Hybrid Tea Rose Bush - My favorites are Just Joey, Double Delight, The Childrens Rose
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
There are many different types of roses available today, eg you can get David Austin Roses, Modern English Roses but the Hybrid Tea Rose is at the moment arguably the most popular flower in the world.
A lot of people although lovers of Roses do not realize that most of the Roses on sale today are actually Hybrid Tea Roses also sometimes referred to as the Modern Rose.
Three of my favorite Hybrid Tea Roses are:
- Just Joey
- Double Delight
- The Childrens Rose
Each of these Rose has a description following.
Just Joey ,depending on my mood, would be my favorite Rose. Simply for it's boldness in display the name does not do justice to this beauty of the Rose kingdom. Coming to life around 1972 in the UK with the parents being 'Fragrant Cloud' (itself being a beautiful rose) and 'Dr A. Verhage'.
'Just Joey' has won awards such as the James Mason Gold Medal in 1986 and the Worlds Favorite Rose in 1994. So you see I am in good company.
The Rose bush in itself can be quite expansive and fortunately likes a good cut back when not in flower. It's leaves are dark green and the big double flowers are a copper/apricot blend tending to a golden color and grow in gorgeous clusters, very appealing to the viewer.
The flowers on the Just Joey are reasonably long lasting and are great for simply garden viewing or for cutting and displaying in a vase.
The Just Joey is not a heavily scented flower.
It has been said by many that 'Just Joey' Rose bushes stand alone in comparison to other Roses and I agree completely.
Being a strong growing Rose bush which will stand a fair amount of neglect I strongly recommend the Just Joey for any home gardener.
Double Delight would be my favorite rose for scent. With a unique scent that is hard to describe, to me there is a combination of spice, fruit, mild lemon/lime. As I said it is hard to describe but as 'they' say it is to die for!
Once you smell these roses you will want one or maybe more!
Not only do these Double Delights smell good they are spectacular in appearance.
The name is very appropriate, for as the rose blooms the blossom is almost white and as it matures a cherry red tinge starts to appear around the edges of the petals and progresses towards the centre of the petals.
I have noticed that these Double Delights to be seen in their full glory need plenty of sunlight.
Released in 1977 the Double Delight has the parentage of 'Granada' and 'Garden Party'
The Children's Rose also has a beautiful full appearance and an alluring scent.
Let's not get confused, from my research there appears to be Two Children's Roses both released by the same breeders called Meilland Roses from France.
One is named Gina Lollabrigida released in 1990 with funds going to the Children's Hospital in Britain. The 'Gina Lollabrigida is a yellow blooming Rose.
However the 'Children's Rose' I am referring to is also known as 'Fredric Mistral' and is also bred by Meilland Roses in France in 1996.
The 'Fredric Mistral' blooms are doubles and hold their shape very well, with a light pink to mauve shade with light green foliage. The blooms have a very fruity scent but not overpowering like some other varieties. You can understand why when you look at the parentage of 'Perfume Delight' and 'Meizeli'.
This Rose has won awards for it's fragrance including Belfast Fragrance Award in 1996.
1) References I use are taken from the publication 'Botanica's Pocket Roses' published by Random House. I would suggest to anyone interested in growing roses that this book is a rich source of Information.