Morning Has Broken

I took on a new client in Southwest Portland this spring who has a number of large, older roses.  I touched up the pruning in April, gave them a shot of fertilizer and sprayed them to protect them from fungus diseases.  I came back today to deadhead the spent blooms and give them another spray and found this huge plant about eight feet wide with about 500+ buds just ready to burst.  This clean plant was just stunning.  The rose is called “Morning is Broken”.   It is a large shrub rose bred by the late John Clements of Heirloom Roses in St. Paul.  The flowers are about 4″ in diameter and have about 16 petals.  The profuse blooming plant is very disease resistant and has beautiful, shiny, dark green foliage.  It’s a winner in my book.

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