I was so excited when I read about the Easy Does It rose, the All America Rose Selection winner for 2010, and the pictures were really captivating. The promotional photos showed abundant flowers the colors of a Tequila Sunrise--gradations of orange, pink and red on scalloped-edge petals. What's more, the bush was said to have excellent disease resistance, moderately fruity fragrance, and to be "perfect in every climate." I had to have it and I asked my local nursery to put one on hold for me when they came in.
The first blooms have begun to open now and I'm taking stock of how well this rose lives up the hype surrounding it. And the conclusion so far is: well, not quite.
For starters, take a look at the promo photo:
Much more orange-y than the promo photos, and not nearly the kind of scalloping along the edges of the petals. That scalloping was one of the rose's most interesting features because it gave it such a lush, peony-like fullness. In addition, the flower size, which was described as "Medium-large" is actually only about two inches across. And that moderately fruity fragrance? I'd describe it as mild at best.
A lot of things can affect a rose's bloom size, coloration, and fragrance, not the least of which is soil. And my rose is currently still in the pot that it came in from the nursery. They told me they put timed-release fertilizer in when they potted it up, so I don't think it's lacking for nutrients. But in the next couple weeks I'll be clearing a space for this rose in my front yard and then we'll see if there's any improvement.
Don't get me wrong--I think it's still quite an attractive rose, but it is not the spectacular beauty I was expecting. It makes me wonder what use the All America Rose Selection is at all when it comes to choosing roses for your garden.