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"04-02-06", bred by Paul Barden, 2003

Breeding: 'June Laver' X 'Out of Yesteryear'.

This seedling is currently being evaluated for its garden merit, and so far it is certainly winning my appreciation. Bred from a deep gold miniature that has been shown to be a worthwhile parent, and the magical Bracteata hybrid 'Out of Yesteryear', this rose has inherited many of the best qualities of both. It is a compact grower to about 3 feet X 3 feet, lushly foliated with deep green leaves that make a full, dense shrub. The blooms are produced almost continuously, even in hot weather and they are richly scented of ripe apricots. Each bloom is approximately 3.5 inches in diameter and have the luminosity of silk tinted with orange juice, almost pearlescent. It flowers singly and in clusters of five or more.

If it could be said that "04-02-06" has a flaw, the soft colors fade after two or three days. However, lasting color in this hue is nearly impossible to breed for, and so few roses, if any, accomplish this, so I don't think this is a fatal flaw.

While it is still being evaluated for merits and flaws, I have confidence that this rose stands a good chance of seeing commercial release. Watch for news on its progress over the next year or so.

"04-02-06" Muriel
"174-02-03" Out of Yesteryear
Amber Jem Pink Powderpuff
"Bracteata Moss" Precious Dream
Lemon Pearls Star Dust
Little Mermaid Star Magic
Maria Leonida Tangerine Jewel

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