Inside the Rosarians Garden welcomes our first guest blogger, Cindy Dale. Cindy Dale is one of the top exhibitors in the country and a Master Rosarian. She resides in Peachtree City, GA.
The wonderful Hybrid Tea, ‘Marlon’s Day’, has just been named to Horizon Roses honor roll for top performing show roses. According to RoseShow.com it was the 10th ranked hybrid tea in 2012 and has won 14 Queens by the end of 2012. ‘Marlon’s Day’ is ranked as the 15th best exhibition hybrid tea in the nation over the last 5 years. So far in 2013 ‘Marlon’s Day’ has collected 3 Queens, 3 Kings and 3 Court awards (as on the June 15 Indianapolis rose show reported to RoseShow.com).
‘Marlon’s Day’ is a sport of ‘Moonstone’ that was discovered by hybridizer and national award winning exhibitor Fred Wright. Introduced in 2005 ‘Marlon’s Day’ has ‘Moonstone’s’ consistently high-centered exhibition form and exhibitors seem to be divided as to which they like better. It also has ‘Moonstone’s’ creamy color but has more pink (sometimes described as a “grainy” pink) on the petal edges. It is a full bloom with 26-40 petals. Repeat bloom is excellent and the current ARS Roses in Review garden rating is 7.6 but the exhibition rating is probably higher. Here in Georgia, my Fortuniana-grafted bushes are vigorous without being overly tall. The size is about 6ft x 4ft. Disease tolerance is good when sprayed regularly.
I have two bushes of this variety. Both are from K&M Nursery in Mississippi. I bought my first one in the spring of 2009 and only 7 months later a ‘Marlon’s Day’ bloom was part of my Deep South District’s J. Horace McFarland winning entry. Needless to say, I added another bush the following year. I highly recommend this rose. It is a “must have” for exhibitors.