'Morden Sunrise' is a Delicate Looking Rose Bush 
March 3, 2009
Allan in Flowering Shrubs, Roses, flowers, morden sunrise, parkland roses, perennials, roses

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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