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Apr042013

"Campfire" is a Continuous-Blooming Rose for Cold Climates.  

http://www.jcbakker.com/products/details/87895100Continuous blooming roses are one of the most important plants that I use in my garden compositions. Their petals are reminiscent of the soft, old-fashioned flower heads of yesteryear, while their ruggedness resonates with gardeners in colder climates. Depending upon variety and growing conditions, a large number of them are resistant to pests and diseases.

The only shortcoming of this class of plants is the absence of intense fragrance usually associated with short blooming high maintenance hybrid tea and old-fashioned roses. Nevertheless, for this perennial gardener, who wants to see color in his flowerbeds all season long, nothing compares to continuous blooming rose bushes to pump out colorful flowers from early summer to late fall and sometimes to early winter.

http://www.jeffriesnurseries.com/Imagine my enthusiasm, therefore, when I read, in the Spring 2013 edition of Garden Making magazine, that Campfire Rose, would be this season’s new introduction in the Canadian Artist Series. From the developers of the Explorer and Parkland roses, this series of next-generation plants are named after Canadian artists who created lasting works of beauty on canvas, in sculpture, or in song. Campfire Rose pays homage to a painting by Tom Thompson.

A Canadian Artists rose is evaluated more rigorously than those in the previous two series of Parkland and Explorer for the benefit of growers and gardeners across Canada and the northern United States. It must be adaptable to all parts of Canada and able to survive the climate, frost lines, diseases and capricious weather patterns from coast to coast. That means a gardener in Prince George, British Columbia, can reliably grow the same rose bush as the gardener in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Kingston, Ontario, Dauphin, Manitoba, or Truro, Nova Scotia.

For those of us who garden in cold climates, it’s comforting to know that roses that have been bred in Canada hardly ever require winter protection. Known for their toughness and refinement, they have strong root systems, clean foliage, good-to-excellent disease resistance, and strong blooming power.

Campfire Rose variety starts to flower in early summer and remains in bloom until hard frost sets in. Can a passionate gardener ask for anything more?

Growers report that this vibrant, multi-colored variety is an awesome performer. Commercial sites describe it as having a mild fragrance. Very rounded, full and bushy, it reaches 2 to 3 feet in height and is slightly wider than high.  

According to technical details supplied by the breeder and growers, the 20-petal blossoms of Campfire Rose begin as shapely buds with yellow and red tones. The flowers open yellow, edged in a deep rosy pink. Some blooms that appear  in the early season will be nearly all yellow, gradually developing pink edging. As the season progresses the pink edging becomes more prominent. Some flowers will be nearly all pink and some nearly all yellow. As autumn approaches, the blooms tend to be yellow in bud, quickly turning soft pink. Growers report that the unusual, stunning, visual effect is harlequin-like.  

Campfire Rose is described as being one of the most disease resistant of any hardy rose and cold hardy to USDA Zone 2 or CAN Zone 3. The branching on this plant is at 45 degrees, giving it both height and width. It covers ground quickly yet has enough height to be used as a high ground cover or low shrub. The stems are smooth with only the occasional short thorns, making it easy to work with.  This upcoming spring, I look forward with great excitement to test grow this new rose in my garden.

Most Canadian nurseries carry Canadian Artist roses. American gardeners should inquire at the nurseries listed below.

Minnesota 



Sabin

Levi Reunions Inc.

218-789-7581

St. Paul

Bailey Nurseries

651-459-9744

St. Paul

Friends School Of Minnesota

651-917-0636


North Dakota



Beulah

High Plains Concept

701-873-2334

Ellendale

Harvest Garden Centre

701-349-4837

Harwood

Sheyenne Gardens

701-282-0050

Minto

Helen's Country Greenhouse

701-248-3104

Mohall

The Flower House

701-756-6072

Sutton

Hwy 200 Greenhouse

701-769-2338


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Reader Comments (12)

I *must* find this rose. I live in Idaho, just 45 miles from Canada, so I have gone through a LOT of roses trying to find ones that will survive for me. So far, Canadian roses and ones bred by Dr. Buck have been the best.

This one really interests me because it's a bicolor; so many of the Canadian Explorers and Parks series are pink.

April 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie Brown

Wow, this looks so beautiful! Want to have one like this. Nice share!!

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterboulder walls Brisbane

Campfire looks gorgeous. I especially like the stage where it is red, pink, and orange. I am jus tgetting into roses and will have to look for it.

I've a very soft spot for pink and yellow as you know Allan, thanks for the recommendation! I will add it to the other beauties I've discovered through this blog. Can you share which companion plantings you plan? Your experience and taste is always top notch.

April 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

Sheila,
My favorite companion for roses are short, sprawling, easy-care and ground-cover varieties of roses such as Flower Carpet or Oso Easy varieties, or even The Fairy. I used to plant perennials such as Geranium Rozanne or Nepeta among the roses but they become too messy. This season, I will experiment with a new introduction called Nepeta Little Trudy, because it is a dwarf variety. I do not expect that it will satisfy me. For my esthetic needs, I find that roses are enhanced by other roses.
Allan

April 19, 2013 | Registered CommenterAllan

I CANNOT find this rose anywhere in the Niagara Region! Can anyone point me in the right direction?

May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

Lindsay,
It appears that the publicity for this rose has been premature. Even the wholesalers who supply retail nurseries are not offering it at this time. I am told that sometimes nature plays tricks on the growth of newly introduced varieties so that availability is delayed sometimes by a full year. It's so frustrating!

May 29, 2013 | Registered CommenterAllan

GardenWorks out on the Lower Mainland (Vancouver area) has this rose - and it is indeed a stunner!

May 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrish

Trish,
Thanks for the update.

May 30, 2013 | Registered CommenterAllan

Hi,

Iam in zone 2 (Manitoba) and have planted this rose this spring. It has provided me with stunning flowers so far. What is the winter protection I need to do for this rose? Should I cut back or just cover it with burlap and mulch the roots?

September 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercharu

Charu,
Cover it with burlap or mulch as it may not be hardy to Canadian Zone 2 without protection.

September 24, 2013 | Registered CommenterAllan

I bought this rose last year, and LOVE it! It absolutely gorgeous! I live near Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, and I didnt cover this rose at all last year, and I swear it looks better this year than it did last year! I have added the url to some photos I took of this rose on my Pinterest page if you would like to see it :)

July 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKarstan

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