Rose of the Month ~ January
January's rose is Climbing Westerland. A cross of Friedrich
Worlin and Circus it is classified as an apricot blend shrub.
It was introduced in 1969 and has an ARS rating of 7.6. Seems
like a great choice for January because its bright orange
and yellow inside seems to glow and in this cold weather we
need all the glowing we can get. Westerland is not an extremely
hardy rose, only being rated to Zone 5, but I think it's one
that's worth the effort. The blooms are moderately scented
in my experience and very pleasantly spicy and they repeat
into the fall (mine was blooming into mid November this year).
Foliage is upright, vigorous and well branched and only moderately
thorny. The leaves are dark green and semi-glossy. It has
been disease resistant so far, that's also one of the reasons
I chose to get it. The photos below were taken in July of
a bare root plant I just planted last spring so the bush is
pretty small. It can climb to 10 feet given a long enough
growing season or great winter protection. I'm crossing my
fingers that I protected it well enough for our cold winter.
I've got a Guernsey Cream clematis growing in and around it
and hopefully next year they'll both be big enough for a great
show in the yard.
Happy New Year!
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January's Rose Results
67% strongly like
17% mildly like
17% mildly dislike
0% strongly dislike