November is the month when roses reach their spring peak across much of New Zealand and is also when we get to see the blooms on new release rose for the first time.
One new release for winter 2018 was ‘Strawberry Blonde’ which we are featuring for November. This floribunda comes to us from Rob Somerfield and has masses of golden apricot blooms that soften with age. For those who like a bit of scent, this one has a good scent.
Like other Somerfield varieties, it has a great habit, medium in growth with a slightly spreading habit. The dark green foliage is very healthy. A Certificate of Merit winner at the NZRS Trials in 2017, this is a welcome addition to the apricot shades.
Available from resellers of Glenavon Roses.
Photo courtesy Glenavon Roses.
By Hayden Foulds
Hayden also serves as Deputy Chairman of the World Federation of Rose Societies Rose Trials Committee amongst other rose endeavours.