There are a number of Griffith Buck-bred roses that are less than a season old in my garden and I don't have enough experience with them to post full descriptions yet. I thought, however, here in the August doldrums, that I could introduce them to you as "coming attractions" for next year.
'Allamand Ho' is going to be an interesting rose. Although I planted this rose in May, this is the first bloom I've seen and I never expected the mix of pink and pale yellow that it is showing me. Later blooms have also been as pink-rimmed and pale as this one. I could only find one previous picture of this rose on the web, which was a much brighter yellow with less pink than mine seems to have. One fact I can already tell you about it is that flowers are very slow to open up. The buds seemed to take forever to reveal themselves, similar to .Paloma Blanca'. Dr. Buck named 'Allamand Ho' from a square dance term given him by a friend.
'Sevilliana' is a 1976 introduction with some nice stippling on the petals. It starts out with an a pink bud so bright it is almost red, and it opens very quickly with lots of golden stamens. She seems similar to several other stippled Buck roses and I'm biding time to see what may separate her from the pack. 'Sevilliana' was named to commemorate the music and dancing of Seville, Spain.
'The Magician' has been quite varied in the coloring of its semi-double flowers and I had high hopes for it as a unique specimen. Unfortunately, it started showing some rose rosette symptoms early after planting and I cut it back to the ground a couple of weeks ago in an attempt to prevent losing the bush. Sadly, I suspect I'm going to lose this bush and will have to start over.
'Countryman', although a small bush, is loaded with flowers, prolific to the point of forgetting to grow in stature. The flowers are a very bright pink and she is showing signs of being more fully double as later blooms have opened. If you prefer your roses in bright pink, I believe 'Countryman' has the potential to be a show horse in the garden.
'Hermina' has a pretty bright pink blossom with edges tending towards a lighter, almost white rim. The rose also has a white reverse and white center. The flowers are on the small size for a Buck rose, however, about 2.5 inches diameter at present. They seem to be borne in solitary form but there are many flowers on the bush right now. I like the white centers but I wish the blooms were larger.