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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

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Lucky! - Rose of the Year 2009

Posted by Graham Rice on 23 Oct 2008 at 01:26 PM

Rose of the Year - Lucky! (‘Frylucy'). I wrote it up when it was launched at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show back in July.

This fragrant and prolific Floribunda (cluster-flowered) rose features large clusters of flowers whose dark pink buds open to loose, wavy, lilac-pink flowers with a slightly old-fashioned look. What's more it's vigorous but neat and unusually disease-resistant. The trial plant that breeders Fryers Roses sent me in spring in advance of its launch was still flowering well last month having caused comment all summer.

The Rose of the Year is chosen from new roses grown all over the country and assessed by rose experts.

The 2009 Rose of the Year, Lucky! (‘Frylucy') is available from:

These RHS Plant Finder Nurseries
Fryers Roses (who created this variety)
Rosebuddies and many of these other rose specialists



Foxnfirefly said:

The color is nice, all right, but how did the name come about?  That is the interesting part about they get named.  If the disease-resistance is the main thing, that would seem apparent.  But 'luck' is really for the gardener.  

on 24 Oct 2008 at 01:25 AM

Graham Rice said:

That's a good question: I'll see if I can find out.

on 24 Oct 2008 at 02:03 AM