Schoener's Nutkana is a little-known rose that is absolutely drop-dead gorgeous every spring. These beautiful magenta flowers are 3 inches across, and the bush is covered with them!
I got this rose as a lucky accident. When I placed my final order with Sequoia Nursery before they closed in 2008, I was supposed to receive a hybrid tea rose called 'Schultheis American Beauty'. Whoever gathered the roses in my order must have made an alphabetical mistake, and accidently grabbed the rose right next to the one I ordered. I didn't realize the mistake until the following year when my rose flowered ... by that time the nursery was closed and everything there was gone. I'm thrilled beyond words with the bold statement that Schoener's Nutkana makes in the garden. After it's finished flowering, I MUST move it to a better spot so it can grow and arch without flopping all over its neighboring roses ... remember, it was supposed to have been a mannerly hybrid tea.
The real star of the front yard right now is a rose that was given to me as Applejack, but I am having doubts about this ID.
Applejack is a rose that was introduced by Dr. Griffith Buck, and the photos of it online show flowers that have a different form than my rose. Is anyone here familiar enough with Buck roses to know whether this is Applejack? Perhaps it's another Buck rose?
Whatever it is, every square inch of this rose bush is covered with flowers right now.
There are lots of other roses throughout the property that are in full bloom, with many others just beginning their show. There is a lot for garden visitors to see during my Open House on Saturday.
If you are available on Saturday and want to visit, the details are:
Hartwood Roses' Spring Open House
Saturday, May 14
10:00am to 3:00pm
335 Hartwood Road