A 'Double Delight' To My Senses
by Peggi Tucker
Every October, it seems as if there is one rose bush in my garden that brings me special pleasure. This fall, it has been the romance between my potted hybrid tea 'Double-Delight' and its perfume. The scent of Double Delight lasts for days, which makes it an ideal cut rose. I finally removed a bloom from its vase because the petals were wilting but its perfume lingered. Bringing in a "bug free" cutting from the garden in October is joyous.
The blooms are high-centered, very double, very large, and creamy white with strawberry red edges that increase with heat or the age of the bloom. Having a substantial spicy scent, it has been a fragrance award winner including the Belfast Fragrance Prize 1980 and the James Alexander Gamble Rose Fragrance Medal 1986. (Below, I have included a quote from the American Rose Society web site regarding this award.) Ultra-violet rays on the petal pigments help create a range of intensity for the red on the petal edges. The color difference you see below shows a bloom with very little red, which was taken in October in Michigan, while the darker red-edged rose is snapshot from a more tropical climate.
No two roses from this plant are ever alike because the weather effects the color change so much. It is an immeasurably well-liked rose because of its bloom beauty and fragrance. Growth is upright and bushy for a hybrid tea. Can be grown in zones 5-9, but will need spring freeze/thaw protection in colder climates.
Parentage 'Granada' x 'Garden Party'
James Alexander Gamble Fragrance Award
"The James Alexander Gamble Fragrance Medal is awarded to outstanding new, very fragrant roses. The selection is made by the ARS Prizes and Awards Committee for the rose considered the most fragrant in municipal and private gardens throughout the United States over a five-year period. The rose must be registered and must be rated at least 7.5. It is not mandatory that a rose be selected yearly for this medal.
Awards are only to be made when an outstanding new fragrant variety is available. The medal is to be awarded to the hybridizer of the named rose at the Fall Annual Meeting of the American Rose Society."