“Picture yourself on a boat on a river with tangerine trees & marmalade skies…”
Better yet, picture yourself in my house looking out at Marmalade Skies. This is what you would see…
My ‘Marmalade Skies’ standard rose.
Each time I look out my front window & see these blooms I feel a burst of joy, so I wanted to share that joy with you!
These roses give me a joyous feeling, not only because of their striking color & beauty, but because the plant started with me as a forgotten “clearance” rose.
I found it on a hotter than hot day, stuck behind straggly looking iceberg roses. It was limp, yellowed & forlorn, but the tag held the promise of “everblooming tangerine orange roses”. Ever the optimist, orange lover & bargain hunter I scored this standard rose for $15.
I planted it right in front of my dining room window. Risky, based on the look of it then.
This plant needed all the help it could get, so I dug a deep hole, back filled it with organic compost, dug again and filled the hole with water. Once drained, I added my three secrets.
The yellow leaves all fell off. For awhile it looked like a rose bush that Charlie Brown would buy. Then one morning I saw a bud, and another & another!
True to the promise on the tag, it hasn’t stopped blooming since!
Marmalade Skies, a 2001 AARS award winner, is a floribunda rose which grows in a compact bush or as a standard. It is a blooming machine that will even tolerate partial shade. (This is the condition at my house.) Read here for additional information.
You can enjoy the beauty of a Marmalade Skies rose by ordering a bare root plant from Regan Nursery.
What is your favorite color rose?
** Kelly **
p.s. I just love this rose and wanted to share. I have received no compensation for this post. Joy is enough reward!
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