With the roses just about ready to be pruned, our thoughts turn to later in the year when the roses bloom again.
One of the very earliest to flower is Gold Medal which we feature this month Good yellow Hybrid Tea roses are few and far between, but Gold Medal has stood the test of time for over 25 years now and is still a good performer in the garden.
One of the great attributes of Gold Medal is that is has plenty of flowers, even for a Hybrid Tea. Often it produces large clusters of bloom which will brighten up any garden. The blooms themselves are golden yellow, with an orange tinge to the petals. Unfortunately, the older blooms fade almost to white just before the petals drop.
Gold Medal is a taller growing variety suitable for the back of the garden or among other garden plants. It is generally trouble free in the garden, good to pick for the vase but like so many yellows, lacks any noticeable fragrance.
A winner of the Gold Star of the South Pacific at the NZRS trials in Palmerston North way back in 1983, Gold Medal is a great roses to grow for anyone from the first time gardener to the most enthusiastic rose grower. Bred in the United States by Jack Christensen, it performs well all over the world.