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'Morden Sunrise' is a Delicate Looking Rose Bush 

Last year, in mid August, just about the time when the big box garden centers began to discount their spent perennials, we experienced a combined heat wave and drought. Walking about the garden centers at midday was a debilitating experience.

The plants weren’t doing so well either. After all, big box nurseries sell plants; they can’t love them as well as dedicated nursery people do. In the corner of one garden center, looking exhausted and parched, sat a rose bush with the label “Morden Sunrise”, not a plant I was familiar with. The price was ridiculously low, even for a rose with a clearance price, so I decided to buy it and risk that it might die on me. I was not certain that it would survive its trauma, nor did I really know what it would look like when healthy. All I had to go by was the photographic label attached to its stem. It was an image of a yellow-peach  rose and it looked attractive. However, what really convinced me to take the risk was the name. Morden is a city in Manitoba, Canada, a part of North America that experiences cold winters.The Morden Research Station is known for developing the Parkland series of shrub roses that are winter-hardy. A yellow rose that will over-winter in my zone is rare. It was worth a shot.

With a lot of nurturing and watering, the little rose took in my garden and rewarded me in September with a fragile shoot of buds that bloomed beautifully until the first frost. Not bad for a sick plant! Further research taught me that I had purchased  a tough, strong plant with pink-blushed single yellow flowers that bloom from June until frost. It is hardy to zone 3. Like all roses, it requires full sun and will grow to 3 feet high by 4 feet wide. I can hardly wait for next spring to see what else this little yellow rose will do.

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