Admit it. You want it.
Ordinarily, I am not the new rose type. Those plant breeders with their corporate conspiracies, out to breed a bombproof plant that anyone can grow, never stopping until there is one in every front yard and parking lot across America. Who needs that?
But — dang. 'Easy Does It' is the All-America Rose Selection for 2010. No disease and a hardiness described as "perfect in every climate?" And it's fragrant? And it looks like that? Seriously?
What do you think? Is anybody going to fall for the easy promises of 'Easy Does It' this year?
Speaking of roses with a lot of hype behind them, I was in Pasadena recently talking to somebody about the 'Knock Out,' which won the same award in 2000 and went on to become a big bestseller. In addition to being disease and drought resistant, it was billed as "self-cleaning," which means that the rose hips fall to the ground by themselves after they bloom so they don't have to be deadheaded. It's been 10 years, and I start may seem to be popular in California, where I see them growing in median strips. Has 'Knock Out' lived up to its promise where you are? I'd like to know your experience. And then–uh–I might just go rose shopping.