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Distant Drums. (1985) Mauve shrub. The ovoid-pointed buds of pale cyclamen purple (RHSCC 74C) open to double (35-45 petals), imbricated, open, 4-5 inch blooms of rose purple (RHSCC 75D) which are tinted golden tan (RHSCC 164C) paling to gray lavender and tan with age. The blooms are borne in clusters of 1-10 and have an intense myrrh fragrance. The medium-large, abundant foliage is dark green and leathery. The thorns are brown and awl-like. The vigorous, erect plant is bushy and blooms from June until killing frost. The plants are winter-hardy in Iowa without protection.

Dorcas (1984) Pink blend shrub. The ovoid-pointed buds of azalea pink (RHSCC 38C) open to double (35-45 petals), shallow-cupped, open, 4-5 inch blooms of azalea pink overlaying pale yellow which is heavily stippled with empire rose (RHSCC 48C). The blooms have a light, pleasing fragrance and are borne in clusters of 8-10. The abundant, leathery dark green foliage is coppery-tinted when young. The thorns are tan and awl-like. the erect plant is bushy and blooms freely from June until killing frost. the plants are winter-hardy in Iowa without protection.

Do-Si-Do (1984) Medium pink shrub. the medium-sized, ovoid-pointed buds of ruby red (RHSCC 60B) open to double, open, cupped, 4-5 in blooms of lavender rose (RHSCC 64C) which age lighter. The blooms are borne in clusters of 3-10 and have a sweet fragrance. The abundant, leathery, glossy foliage is olive green. the erect, bushy, 3-4.5 ft plant is vigorous, blooming June to killing frost. The plants are winter-hardy in Iowa without protection.

 

 

 

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