My Jackson/Perkins yellow/pink french perfume rose after 14 yrs. has now produced both the standard yellow blooms AND a smaller all red bloom. Is this a reversion to one of the roses in the original tea hybrid? Is it common?
Sorry no one has answered your question. The red bloom is Dr. Huey, commonly used as a rootstock for grafted roses. The suckers of Dr. Huey can take over the rose bush completely unless you remove them. They're growing below the graft and you must pull them off the plant. Cutting them will only stimulate new growth.
Zuzu's advice is worth following. I have had this happen to many of my roses. Often I thought the "mixed" rose was quite attractive and let nature take its course. Fortunately I also like the look of Dr Huey as all of the roses did eventually get taken over completely.
You're right, Terri. It does mix well, even when you'd expect it to clash. The tall one in my photo used to be Queen Elizabeth, but I already had so many of those that I didn't mind the Doctor taking it over. The combination looked great while Dr. Huey gradually prevailed completely. It probably looks best of all with yellow or apricot, however.
Here is one of the Dr Hueys in my yard...it is a mystery because it is growing with an own root Swamp Rose...it is kind of pretty when they bloom together.Other rose picture is the Noisette Celine Forestier...and the kitty is Corky...he does not pose as well as Horsie...who was a model in a former life.
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Thanks Zuzu...Corky, has grown into a beautiful boy...he has a lady that comes to feed him every morning...I haven't met her yet. Phil sees her as he is leaving for work...I wonder what she calls him? My neighbor across the street, says Corky comes over to his house to beg...his wife gives him a bowl of water..I am sure that annoys him.