Perhaps this is an unusual and stellar year for this rose, given the wet and cold conditions of this spring, but I'm convinced it was one of the stars of my garden this year. Sandwiched between Barden roses 'Gallicandy' and 'Allegra', my 'Morning Blush' has reached its 6 foot tall promise at maturity, and the canes that I formerly regarded as "floppy" are at least leaning nicely against the neighbors. I wouldn't call this rose overly floriferous, but it is putting on a decent display as you can see from the photo of the full bush below.
|'Morning Blush', mature bush|
It goes without saying that 'Morning Blush' is fully cane hardy in my climate and she is one of the healthiest roses I've ever seen. No blackspot, no mildew, and no cane dieback at any time of year. I don't think I've ever touched her with a pruner. Those long thick canes are both an asset and her only drawback; they are stiff and ungainly like a Hybrid Tea, and they tend to sprawl if not supported by neighbors. At least they aren't thorny.
ProfessorRoush was raised and trained to step up and admit when his is wrong, and, while I admit that I don't think I'm wrong very often, I was wrong about 'Morning Blush'. This offspring of 'Maiden's Blush' is a beautiful rose and I'm sorry that I doubted her.