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CAMPFIRE ROSE

Tom Thomson's painting called,"Campfire" (below) inspired this rose in the Canadian Artists Series by the same folks who developed both the Parkland and the Explorer roses. 

Rose growers are breeding roses that are hardier.  Because many of us lives in zones 5 and below and want roses that thrive and survive in cold winters.

This glorious rose  is disease resistant and cold hardy to Canadian zone 3 (USDA zone 2).  wow....  It blooms from early summer and continues to display blooms that range from yellow, to pink to deep  fuchsia.

Just look at these colours - all from one rose bush.

This is a rose tree and the Campfire Rose is grafted on a Rugosa stem, at the top of the stem, forming a rose tree (or standard).  

Rugosa is the old rose of cemeteries and abandoned farms that bloom for generations with no one fussing, or feeding.

Here it is - 2 weeks after planting - in mid-June... in the front garden. Folks walking by, stop and stare - it is stunning.  

I am still unsure just how hardy it will be in our cold winter as the bud union is way up off the ground and cannot be buried unless tipped (a la Minnesota Tip)  but "they" assured me it does not have to be buried.  

This is one experiment I am willing to try. 

It's blowsy mass the end of July..yellows, pinks, reds and deep gold... all afire!

UPDATE: This glorious bush was incredible for 2 full seasons. This spring, however, it did not survive.I realize it was an experiment, and although both the rugosa stem and the Campfire rose are hardy, the graft at the top of the stem, must have been compromised somehow. 

Sad but so worth the effort for those two gorgeous seasons.

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