Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
When it comes to choosing roses for cut flowers, the Tiffany and the Mirandy roses really stand out from the crowd.
The Tiffany Rose
Easy to grow, the Tiffany rose is an ideal cut flower. The long stems have a very good vase life. Among the most popular of the hybrid teas, this has exquisite five inch wide pink blend blossoms. With up to 30 petals, the pink colors often range from medium to dark. It can also be pastel rose pink to a cool silvery pink. Sometimes, there will be a hint of yellow in the center or at the base of the petals.
These have long, pointed buds and classically shaped blossoms. A repeat bloomer, this is in bloom from summer to fall. Though these usually open singly, they can sometimes be in clusters. Up to three inches wide, the flowers have a very rich scent.
The medium to deep green, shiny leaves are somewhat disease resistant. Somewhat thorny, these are vigorous, care-free, low maintenance plants. They are bushy and upright, and can reach 4˝ to six feet tall. Preferring a warm climate, this is recommended for zones five through eleven. The parents were Girona and Charlotte Armstrong. Talisman was a grandparent.
This was initially released by rose breeder Bob Lindquist in 1954. It has received numerous honors over the years. It was named an All-American Rose Selections winner in 1955. It was awarded the American Rose Society James Alexander Gamble Fragrance Medal in 1962. In 1957 it received the American Rose Society David Fuerstenberg Award. It was also given the Gold Medal in Portland, Oregon in 1954.
In addition to the original Tiffany, there is also a climbing one, which is a sport of the original.
If you’re looking for a beautiful rose for cutting Mirandy has a lot to offer. This has been around for well over half a century. This has classic hybrid tea blooms that are very large. Fully double with 50 petals, these are five inches across. The plant provides plenty of stems for cutting all season long. These richly scented flowers have very deep red, velvet-like petals that retain their crimson color as they age.
The plants are moderately thorny. The disease resistant plants have shiny, leathery, medium green foliage. The plants are three to six feet tall, and are upright with many branches.
Bred by Dr. Walter Lammerts in California, Mirandy was introduced after World War II. It was named an All-American Rose Selections winner in