But, the truth is, that the roses haven't done well enough for me to introduce new rose after new rose on the blog this year. My new little ones have stayed little and struggled in swampy clay with all the early rain, and older roses have generally also not elicited any excitement from me. I've lost several to Rose Rosette again, and I'm tired of watching healthy roses get too many thorns and witches broom and then start to fade. As a consequence, I've taken a bit of a break in rose enthusiasm lately, letting the petals, as it were, fall as they may.
Above, left, is my second start of 'Gentle Persuasion', and at least this one seems to be holding its own. 'Gentle Persuasion' is a yellow blend shrub rose introduced by Dr. Buck in 1984. It glows both yellow and pink in my garden, and reblooms reliably, and it does seem to have gotten some disease resistance from its 'Carefree Beauty' parent. I'm thankful for that because the other parent, 'Oregold' never did well in my garden and I gave up on it. Right now, that's about the extent of anything I can say about 'Gentle Persuasion', however, except to add that those gorgeous blossoms have plenty of charm.
As far as the blog title today goes, of course, it's a takeoff from the current hit show Orange is the New Black, about which I'm just as happy to attest that I've never watched. ProfessorRoush is pretty good about keeping away from most time-killing television series, although on the other hand I'm a sucker for good movies. Since there are no black roses, however, just really dark red and purple roses, I had to really stretch to get the "orange" in, didn't I? Similarly is a stretch to lump the pink and yellow blend of 'Sunbonnet Sue' into the rare realm of orange roses, but I view the scope of my literary license as a broad one. So 'Sue' me.