Among my Spring-planted Griffith Buck roses, I've alluded to my addition of 'Bright Melody' before, but the most recent, cooler Fall-induced bloom was so beautiful that I just had to share this rose with you.
'Bright Melody' is a 1984 shrub rose introduction by Dr. Buck that is lately singing out her presence in my garden. These beautiful, double red blooms (RHSCC 61B) start out as high-centered, Hybrid Tea style blooms and open to large (4 inch) cupped blooms that turn lighter as they age. The brilliance of the rose is set off against a very dark green, blackspot-free foliage. Blooms come in clusters, despite the example beauty of the single rose pictured. She has a light scent, but your Important Other won't care about looking past the perfect form of this rose. No blackspot or other disease here in Kansas either! Look at the leaves beyond the bloom; perfect still as the cooler weather moves in. Unlike some roses, I haven't had to fight spider mites or grasshoppers on this rose either. This one is a fitting offspring of her breeding of 'Carefree Beauty' X ('Herz As' X 'Cuthbert Grant').
It is always interesting to me that at times one particular rose in my garden grabs the attention and then later it's another. 'Bright Melody' didn't provide me with much in the way of blooms earlier in the Summer and there was a time when I thought the profusely-blooming, heat-loving 'Queen Bee' was the better rose. But now, in the early Fall, 'Queen Bee' has stopped blooming and it is 'Bright Melody' that is shouting "Me! Look at Me!" across my garden. Even the faded blooms, as shown at left, are garden-worthy and difficult to choose for dead-heading. Luckily, I don't deadhead anyway, so perhaps someday I'll get a 'Bright Melody' seedling of my own to further pass on that bright red gene from 'Cuthbert Grant'.