may be the flowers of love and romance, but there's nothing romantic
about spindly canes sporting spider mites, beetles and mildew
instead of beautiful flowers. Just as romance sometimes needs
a little helping along, so do your roses. Selection of the "best"
rose variety results in healthy plants which are less susceptible
to pest attack.
All of this spraying required to ensure survival
and bloom of modern roses is too much and too expensive for most
gardeners. Most of us would enjoy rose growing much more if we
could find rose varieties which would yield blooms yet did not
spraying. This is possible. There is a rose which does not need
constant spraying to survive and produce lovely blooms. Infection
of this rose variety with black spot fungus and powdery mildew
(white powder-like substance) on the leaves WILL OCCUR when conditions
are most favorable for disease yet there is a rose which WILL
survive and WILL produce an abundance of quality flowers. 'Belinda's
Dream' is a gorgeous shrub rose with large, fragrant and very
double pink blossoms. It produces successive flushes of bloom
spring to frost and is so disease tolerant that fungicide sprays
are seldom required. It is a near perfect landscape rose and is
an outstanding performer even in highly alkaline clay soils.
Dream' is not purely an old-fashioned or antique rose. Many of
us have been misled into believing that because antique roses
are old they are disease resistant. Many of the antique roses
can survive without pesticide sprays. However, the quality of
bloom, especially for cut flowers, produced cannot equal and are
not acceptable to most rose growers. If someone is going to grow
roses, they want the flower produced to resemble that which most
people consider to be a rose. 'Belinda's Dream' rose looks like
a real rose BUT has the toughness of the antiques and old-fashioned
'Belinda's Dream' is an attractive, durable,
and versatile rose that gardeners will fall in love with. 'Belinda's
Dream's' is a shrub rose with characteristics of a hybrid tea,
such as the high center bloom and long stem. The medium pink flowers
are produced in abundance throughout the growing season. The large,
double flowers are set against the background of glossy, bluish-green
foliage. One characteristic that people expect out of rose is
fragrance and 'Belinda's Dream' has a rich delightful fragrance
all it's own.
Dr. Robert Bayse, the developer of 'Belinda's
Dream', a retired mathematics professor at A&M University, has
been breeding roses for most of his life. Dr. Bayse's goals were
to develop thornless, hardy, drought tolerant, and disease resistant
cultivar. 'Belinda's Dream' was the result of a cross between
'Tiffany' and 'Jersey Beauty'. However, he was hesitant of releasing
this rose because it was not thornless. Dr. Bayse finely agreed
to release 'Belinda's Dream' in 1988 and he named the rose for
the daughter of a friend in Caldwell, Texas.
Texas Agricultural Extension Service has tested this rose for
several years in trial grounds throughout the state. In March
2002, it will be promoted as a Texas Superstar. In order for a
plant to be selected as a Texas Superstar, it must meet certain
criteria such as cold hardness, heat resistant, insect, and disease
tolerant. Although this rose is not disease resistant and can
occasionally be attacked by black spot during cool, moist periods,
it is vigorous enough to overcome the disease.
'Belinda's Dream' is a fast growing shrub
with a sturdy, upright habit. It can reach 5 feet in height by
3-4 feet wide. An easily maintain rose that only requires one
major pruning each spring after the last chance for a freeze.
Plants should be fertilized after this pruning and again after
first bud development. Throughout the rest of the year, fertilizer
should be applied on a regular basis since roses are heavy feeders.
Watering should be done by hand or drip irrigation to keep water
from splashing onto foliage and spreading
diseases. Watering thoroughly and deeply will encourage the roots
to grow deeper and the results will be a more drought tolerant
plant. Applying mulch will help retain moisture, keep weeds out,
and adds nutrients to the soil. Roses should be planted in a well-drained
area where there is at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight.
This versatile rose can be easily used in
mixed borders, hedges, tubs, barrels, formal, and informal gardens.
It is perfect for fresh-cut flowers and for dried floral arrangements.
The persistent nature of 'Belinda's Dream' and the many uses this
plant can provide
make this one of the best gardening buys around.
Plants can be purchased mail order from the
Antique Rose Emporium www.antiqueroseemporium.com/
or look for the Hines 'Belinda's Dream' label at your local
At a glance:
Botanical name: Rosa hybrida 'Belinda's Dream'
Common name: 'Belinda's Dream' Rose
Height: 4 - 5 feet
Width: 3 - 4 feet
Light: Full sun
Soil: tolerant of most soil types
Growth rate: Fast to moderate
- Disease tolerant
- Free- flowering
- Good cut-flowers
For more information about successful rose
culture, see: http://plantanswers.com/publications/roses/rose.html