After a search of his own blog, ProfessorRoush can scarcely believe that he has never even mentioned, let alone featured, the clear pink blossom of one of his favorite Griffith Buck roses, 'Amiga Mia'. But, there it was, or more properly, there it wasn't, a glaring absence of the rose unlisted in the "labels" section at the bottom of this blog.
'Amiga Mia' is a medium pink Shrub rose bred by Dr. Buck in 1978, making it an early introduction in his group of roses. It is described as "Seashell pink" on helpmefind.com, and as "light empire rose (RHSCC 48C) with white at the base of the petals" on the Iowa State Buck Roses page. I simply call this a clear pink; no bluish or orange overtones in this one, a color that will mix well in the garden.
'Amiga Mia' is almost a grandiflora; Hybrid-Tea style blooms occur in clusters of 5-10 and open quickly. They are double (25-35 petals) and 4 inches in diameter in my garden. The plant is very healthy, with glossy, dark green, blackspot-resistant foliage. 'Amiga Mia' is an offspring of 'Queen Elizabeth' and 'Prairie Princess'. She is hardy to Zone 4.
Dr. Buck gave her a catching name, naming her 'Amiga Mia', translating to "friend of mine" after his friend Dorothy Stemler, an eminent rosarian and proprietor of California-based "Roses of Yesterday and Today". That nursery still carries 'Amiga Mia', with the description from the current owner of "Griffith Buck had a great friend – one who respected and loved him, as well as his roses. Her name was Dorothy Stemler, and she was my mother."
This is my third year with 'Amiga Mia' in this garden (I grew her in my previous town garden), and she is a tireless performer. She is a chubby elfin rose for me, growing about 3 feet tall at maturity, and she has a round overall form. I love the bloom color and the constant ample display of her bosoms...oops, I mean blossoms.
I do have two complaints about 'Amiga Mia'. The first is simply that I can rarely find a perfect, unmarred blossom on her. More often, they're like the photo at the top of this blog, tempting me to learn photoshop so that I can airbrush out her blemishes, much like the fashion industry does with their flawless human models. My second complaint is that she opens up too fast. The middle photo, above, shows the bush with a number of new high-centered blooms on 5/28/13. The photo at the right shows the bush the next day, with most of those same blooms open, pistils on full display. No woman of the Victorian era would favor such brashness, so it is good that 'Amiga Mia' is around now, in our more accepting and less prudish society alongside our fascination with the Kardashians and Kendra On Top.