ROSACEAE, The Rose family
The roses from my birthday still last. I wore some in my hair to the circus tonight. Orange roses I remember from the flower shop: ‘Latin Ambiance’ (rosy-rust color with unusual ruffled edge), ‘Circus’ (a spray rose, super cute).
Other orange-ish florists’ roses: ‘Papillon’, ‘Catwalk’, ‘Orange unique’, ‘Naranga’, ‘Macarena’, ‘Spicy rose’. In the garden, orange roses tend to be less resistant to disease, mainly because they are among the most hybridized. Nature created red, pink and white roses. Other colors, such as yellow, purple, striped, and orange are the result of extensive cross breeding. During the process of selecting for specific colors, or for very large or double flowers, desirable traits such as fragrance, hardiness and resilience often fall by the wayside. Bushes with glossy, leather leaves have better chances against fungal diseases simply because the waxy surface is less easily penetrated by the spores. Cultural practices also play a big role in rose health. Mulching under plants, avoiding overhead watering in favor of drip irrigation, and providing a location with excellent drainage, good air circulation and full sun are ways to ensure healthy roses. Companion planting to attract beneficial insects and discourage pests, planting roses throughout the garden instead of all together, and taking preventative measures such as spraying with organic products are also useful strategies.