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Tuesday
Dec092014

Honours in Summer - Liberator Rose

Each summer the good folks at Bierkreek Rose Nursery in The Netherlands host a rose festival. This summer, in anticipation of the 70th anniversary of liberation, they chose one of my Canadian-bred roses to name in honour of the mainly Canadian soldiers who played an important role in freeing the area from German occupation.

The rose itself was dedicated to celebrate the Liberation of the village where Beirkreek Nursery is located, but also celebrates the liberation of all of Europe. My grandfather was in the troop that marched through that village to help liberate them. He was part of the D-Day Invasion as well.

The Liberator Rose is a brilliant cherry-red floribunda that flowers from spring to frost. In four years of hard outdoor testing in my Langley, BC test fields, it showed no black spot or mildew (very rare for this type of rose). It thrives with little care.

Below is a translation of the presentation made at the Christening of the Liberator Rose, courtesy of Bierkreek Nursery. I was able to participate in the event by video-conference from Canada, so the photos are also all courtesy of Bierkreek Nursery. We've posted a gallery of photos from this event, and you can view more on Bierkreek's Facebook page.

 

Rosa 'Liberator'

On Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Rozennursery de Bierkreek in IJzendijke, a rose was launched that got the name 'Liberator'. The rose was launched by Sylwester Barzynski 2e tankdriver of the 1st Polish tankdivision, Honorable Member of the Black Watch of Canada Léon A. Dewitte and Dhr. Jaap Keijmel from Breskens, survivor of the bombings on September 11, 1944 on Breskens, which his brother did not survive.

"Liberator has been grown in our abused no-spray test field and has grown 100% free of black spot and mildew disease for four years now. It grows robust and tidy to about 90ºC on a very solid looking plant. The flowers stand up well to rain and look pretty from bud stage to fully open, where they show their gold stamens. It has a fast bloom cycle and provides colour all season, offering a superb fall blooming. Its dense habit and abundant foliage would also make it a great standard rose. It's the most disease resistant double red floribunda that I have ever grown or tested. It's colour is brilliant clear poppy-red. We have also tested in in larger containers and find that is a great rose for people who prefer to container grow for their patio."

 Liberator is launched to honor the of liberation of the south of the Netherland 70 years ago by the Canadians and the Polish.  The grandfather of the hybridizer of this rose, Canadian rosebreeder Brad Jalbert, was amongst the liberators.

Brad Jalbert remains the original owner of the rose 'Liberator' (JAL 85-3-10). Rosenursery de Bierkreek in IJzendijke represents Brad Jalbert in Europe. The name Rosa 'Liberator will be protected in the EU.