If you were to ask me for a list of my favourite roses, I’d be hard pressed to keep it to five or even ten roses.  But one rose sure to make the list would be Sedona. 

I first encountered Sedona in one of my local garden nurseries.  This nursery always stocked an amazing selection of roses in two large greenhouses.  I found Sedona by way of my nose….”what is that amazing fruity fragrance?”  And there was Sedona, a hybrid tea rose in a small pot, with a single large bloom pumping out the most incredible fragrance.  I bought it without a second thought.
My Sedona is an own root rose, planted in a large pot on my patio right outside my back door.  The foliage is a dark matte green, remarkable simply because it is completely disease resistant in my no spray garden.  The colour of the bloom defies easy description, a mix of coral, pink and orange. Sedona does not seem to resent living in a pot at all.  Given a foliar spray of kelp this spring, it promptly grew several new canes.  The first flush of bloom tends to occur a little bit later than most of my other roses, but is worth the wait. The canes are long but easily able to support the large blooms.  There is a short break between flushes.  The fragrance is consistently strong.

The nursery where I bought Sedona was unique, in that every year it put all the unsold roses at the back of the nursery, all clumped together in a disorganized jumble.  I always used to poke through these rejects.  Last year I found a pot with a single cane of Sedona in it.  I seriously thought about buying  it, but in the end I didn’t.  The nursery has since closed, having sold their property to developers for millions of dollars.  I really regret not buying that rather sad pot of Sedona, as it is now impossible to find it in any of the garden centres in my area. Jackson and Perkins still list this rose on their website, but don’t ship to Canada.  I would hate to lose this rose.  Next year I will attempt to root some cuttings from my plant. 

 


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21/10/2012 3:50am

Lovely pictures of a lovely rose!

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21/10/2012 12:23pm

Thanks for stopping by Teresa!

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21/10/2012 7:51am

Great post. I have this rose also and it puts on quite a show.

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21/10/2012 12:24pm

Thanks for visiting my blog Chris! I look forward to seeing pics of your Sedona.

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21/10/2012 8:40am

I love this rose, too! We used to grow it (sadly it didn't survive our winter) and I was amazed and how huge the blossoms were. Thank you for sharing yours with us!

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21/10/2012 12:27pm

Thanks for visiting my site Laurie. Sorry to hear your Sedona didn't survive. Are you in zone 5?

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21/10/2012 10:11am

Beautiful photos! You found a beauty.

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21/10/2012 12:28pm

Thanks Elena!

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Barbara
23/10/2012 5:46pm

Such gorgeous pictures, Louise. I wish I could smell this rose right now! I wonder if it would grow on my deck?

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Louise
23/10/2012 9:12pm

Thank you Barb! It would if your deck is sunny enough.

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Dorothy
24/10/2012 4:01pm

Lovely pictures of your roses. P was so taken with them in the summer that he took photos. Mine are under rose cones for the winter now here in the east.

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Louise
24/10/2012 8:45pm

Hi Dorothy - well that was so nice of P. to look after my roses when I was away!!

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09/11/2012 10:46am

What a lovely rose! Beautiful photos.

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09/11/2012 9:22pm

Thanks Jo!

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11/04/2013 7:54pm

Hi Louise. I don't have this one. It sure looks good. I don't think Sedona is available in Australia

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Louise Bradford
11/04/2013 10:08pm

Sadly, I don't think it's available here any more either. Thanks for stopping by Glenda!

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