I am fully aware that in my advocacy for the Griffith Buck roses, I often veer dangerously close to being mistaken for a mouth-foaming, rabid animal, or else, in this zombie-crazed era, a Koolaid-drinking zombie. Yes, for the record, I am a rabid supporter of Dr. Buck's rose program. His career work breeding and selecting roses in my general region and with no extra winter-care or pesticides has benefited every rose-lover in the MidWest. Those principles certainly resulted in a number of beautiful and healthy roses for the Kansas climate.
The bush is about 3 foot tall and round in its second full Summer here in my Kansas garden, just short of its mature expected height of 4 feet, and I do have to be honest and admit that the foliage is a perfect glossy medium-green and very healthy. No fungal sprays or insecticide needed here. It is fully hardy in my garden and is reported to do well down to Zone 4 winters without protection.
'Folksinger' is certainly a rose that I will keep growing, and perhaps it just needs to make it to maturity to win over my heart. Then again, maybe it is the climate change and the heat this year that the rose is not just responding to. I may find I like it better in cooler Fall. Or perhaps next Spring. Or perhaps the Spring after that. Dr. Buck could not have been wrong.