|'Charlotte Brownell' in hot June (6/12/12)|
On that secondary list, for an extended time, was the cream and pink Brownell rose 'Charlotte Brownell'. I finally found her as one of those horrid, bagged $3 roses at Home Depot, but that didn't detour me from taking her home and giving her some extra care. I already have tried, lost, and tried again another Brownell rose, 'Maria Stern', and I thought that 'Charlotte Brownell' might make a good addition to my collection from this family of hardy-bred hybrid-tea like roses. I'm sure that I once read that 'Charlotte Brownell' has an impeccable pedigree, a seedling descended from 'Peace', but now that I'm trying to find it, I can't confirm that information in an authorative source anywhere. Rats.
|'Charlotte Brownell' in cooler Spring weather (5/13/12)|
'Charlotte Brownell' is a yellow-blend hybrid tea with large flowers, up to 4 inches in diameter, complete with the creamiest white/light yellow centers and pink-tinged, ruffled edges. The color of the bloom seems to vary with temperature, becoming more pale in hot weather, but with deeper yellow and pinks in cooler weather. Flowers are double, with 35-40 petals, and open quickly. The bush has little or no blackspot here in Kansas, but my bargain-basement grafted rose does carry rose-mosaic virus. Except for the virus, she has glossy dark-green leaves and strong but sparse thorns and she is about 2.5 feet tall at 2 years of age in my garden. No winter protection seems necessary here in Zone 6A.
Just try to think of 'Charlotte Brownell' as a more hardy 'Peace' rose and you might find a place for her in your garden. She also gets a lot less blackspot than 'Peace' does in my garden.