New roses from New Zealand and overseas breeders lead the way with awards at the New Zealand International Rose Trials in Palmerston North in early December 2012.
The trials, which are operated as a partnership between the New Zealand Rose Society (Inc) and the Palmerston North City Council, aim to trial un-released rose varieties from leading New Zealand and International rose breeders with the view to their possible release onto the local market.
At the conclusion of each trial, those roses which have gained an average of 70% are recognised with awards and reflect the consistently high performance that they have achieved over the two years of trial. This year’s trial has seen 20 judges assess entries in areas such as freedom of flowering, health, plant quality, flower quality and fragrance.
Gold Star of the South Pacific and June Hocking Fragrance Award
The premier award of the trial grounds and also the award for the most fragrant rose on trial was awarded to Red Flame (Adabaring), bred by Michel Adam of France and entered by Matthews Nurseries of Wanganui.
Strongly fragrant, the dusky red blooms cover the vigorous climbing plant and are complimented by healthy, glossy foliage which cover the plants.
Currently sold by Matthews Nurseries resellers.
Certificates of Merit
02-421-01 (un-named) bred by Bob Matthews, New Zealand and entered by Matthews Nurseries of Wanganui. Medium growing with clusters of blooms, lemon to apricot gold in colour. Good repeat and very healthy. To be released in the future.
02-464-01 (un-named) bred by Bob Matthews, New Zealand and entered by Matthews Nurseries of Wanganui. Apricot buds open to lemon yellow blooms. Free flowering and very healthy. To be released in the future.
Somannmac (un-named) bred by Rob Somerfield, New Zealand and entered by Glenavon Roses of Tauranga. Clusters of medium pink blooms, lighter in the centre cover the plant. Tall upright grower with glossy foliage. To be released in the future.