Sunday, January 21, 2018

Roseate Bliss

Roseate Bliss

Grovenstein – 2004 – [(Strutter’s Ball x Gene Foster) X Be Thine] – Tet – 27” – 6” – EM – Br-3 – Bc-15 – Dorm – Lavender rose self above chartreuse throat



Roseate Bliss is a beautiful lavender that can show a strong blue shading on some days. The plant is senescent (dormant), with only a small amount of growth staying above ground in my winters. It has pretty foliage and moderately fast increase. The color is clean and attractive in the garden. The plant is a good performer.

Roseate Bliss is pollen fertile, but pods are difficult for me. I have only ever gotten a few after a lot of effort. The plant derives from Erling Grovenstein’s rust resistance selection program and he lists it as an ‘A’, his highest rating. I have seen some variability in resistance level from year to year, but it is resistant in my garden. It can produce resistant seedlings and as rust resistant lavenders and purples are rare, it may be very useful for breeding those colors.