My New Colorific Rose

Colorific rose swirling open

They say the first step is admitting that you have a problem – well I certainly do – I’m a plantaholic!  I should probably find another job, one where I’m not constantly tempted by new and beautiful plants, like the Colorific rose which followed me home the other day.

softening to a warm peachy pink blend

This new introduction from Weeks Roses caught my eye when they began blooming at the garden centre, and soon I found myself visiting them several times each day, stopping to bury my nose inside a blossom to inhale the fragrance, and watching the flowers as they transformed through an exquisite range of colours.

flaming out at the finish into a glowing red/coral

I knew I was in trouble when I began eyeing the customers who stopped to admire the best specimen we had in stock.  What if they bought all the Colorific roses, and I missed out?  Oh no, I wasn’t about to let that happen…

and aging gracefully to white and coral - now that's impressive variability!

It looks beautiful next to Julia Child, and I love the roses in this little portion of my garden – each colour relates nicely to the others.  Fortunately my supportive husband just smiles at me when I bring new plants home – that’s why we celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary tomorrow!  I wonder if he noticed the two new astilbe and the eryngium…


About hortophile

I am a very opinionated, slightly obsessed gardener with decades of experience in the retail nursery industry. A lucky resident of the "Wet Coast" of British Columbia I tread a muddy path between practicality and beauty, with my veggie patch, herb garden and fruits vying for position with the beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers that I can't resist. DON'T ask me to choose between them! I believe in environmental responsibility and common sense.
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13 Responses to My New Colorific Rose

  1. munira says:

    And what we do without all the beauty we get to witness because you’re such a plantaholic?

    Happy anniversary!

  2. barb19 says:

    You have some gorgeous roses in your garden, and they all look so healthy. How do you do it?

    • hortophile says:

      I think the biggest factor in my success is choice of varieties – I always look for disease resistance. After that I just pick a good, sunny spot, amend the soil generously with compost, manure and organic fertilizers, and top up each year.

  3. Your roses are beautiful and also the photographs of them. I would like to know if you answer questions about specific plants. I do have one for you if possible.

  4. Your photo of Colorific has caught its perfection! My husband and I grow a lot of roses (200-300 in the ground as well as containers) and we always say we have No More Room! But Colorific caught our eye, too. What a beautiful rose.

  5. Wow, what a gorgeous rose! I might have to revise my dislike of “orange”, although this one read more apricot (and then turns into other things, too!). Really lovely.

    • hortophile says:

      Yes, definitely not much orange – and only at the beginning. I love the second phase best, when it’s soft pink shading deeper at the edges – my picture doesn’t do it justice, must try to get a better shot.

  6. adnelg says:

    Gorgeous! I know the feeling. I have had a number of plants follow me home over the years. I know just how it makes you feel.

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