Have you ever had a rose that begged you to photograph it every time you passed? One that you couldn't stop photographing even when you try to resist its siren call? One of my new roses this year is 'Prairie Sunrise', and I think I might have taken at least one photo of every bloom it has developed since this rose grew from a tiny little band. The latest photograph, of several solitary blooms (see the bottom photo of this entry), was taken on my iPhone this week. As you can see, 'Prairie Sunrise' is just flat gorgeous, aptly named for the full blooms of pink, orange, and amber tones. And also aptly named for its resemblance to a prairie sunrise such as the one below that I captured on 6/27/13:
'Prairie Sunrise'; first bloom for me
'Prairie Sunrise' is officially an apricot blend Shrub rose bred by Dr. Griffith Buck prior to 1992, but it was not introduced by him. Helpmefind.com notes that this rose was introduced in 1997 by Sam Kedem Nursery and Garden, the latter a Minnesota-based mail-order nursery that I frequented in years past. Listing the rose as "apricot" doesn't really do justice to the coloring of this very double (50 petals) rose. In colder weather, I see a lot of pinks and yellows in this rose, while in very hot weeks the blooms are almost amber, with pinkish tones banished to the outer petals. The large (4 inch) blooms display as singles or in small clusters and are very fragrant, among the most fragrant of the Griffith Buck bred roses. They are so full as to be quartered when fully open, with an occasional confused golden-orange center. The bush is healthy, with dark green glossy leaves and the rose develops minimal blackspot. At maturity, 'Prairie Sunrise' is supposed to be approximately 3 feet tall and wide and winter hardy to Zone 4. Mine is about 2 feet tall at the end of its first summer. 'Prairie Sunrise' is an offspring of 'Friesia', a Kordes-bred Floribunda, and 'Freckle Face', a 1976 Buck rose.
'Prairie Sunrise'; after a week of cool nights
'Prairie Sunrise' has already won a permanent place in my garden and likely will be a rose I propagate to proliferate across my garden wherever I need a compact shrub rose. Between the camera-catching blooms and the unbeatable fragrance, you can't go wrong by trying this one, which Sam Kedem described as in the running for the title of Rose of the Century. I'm going to
have to agree with you, Sam.