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'Double Delight ®' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 159-788
most recent 31 DEC HIDE POSTS
Initial post 31 DEC by Benaminh
The first time I noticed Double Delight was back in 1985. I think my uncle originally got it as a body bag from a brand new chain store opening in Huntington Beach called Home Depot. Through the years, this rose was magnificent! Fast forward to present, I am again looking for DD for a new rose border, but the clones in commerce have been inferior. Which rose seller is propagating vintage budwood of a vigorous DD clone? Is it Weeks? I’ve observed that Meilland/Star Roses has reintroduced a gorgeous “new” old clone of Peace, I’m hoping to find a similar quality for Double Delight….
Discussion id : 123-078
most recent 27 AUG 20 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 27 AUG 20 by chubite
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Discussion id : 119-881
most recent 21 JAN 20 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 21 JAN 20 by steve fritz
This is THE GREATEST HYBRID TEA of the 20th century!

It grows 5 feet+ tall and almost as wide. Produces a good number of consistently beautiful flowers from early spring until frost -- that are powerfully fragrant under all conditions.

Everyone who sees it, loves it. Everyone who smells it loves it more.

It will defoliate without spraying, but that can be said for almost every hybrid tea of the last century.

It is fertile as a pollen parent.
Discussion id : 97-557
most recent 17 JUN 19 SHOW ALL
Initial post 14 FEB 17 by drossb1986
Double Delight isn't a bad plant, and there are much better actual plants out there, however the coloring of DD just can't be beat in the realm of bi-colors. And, they smell amazing. In Houston it may get a touch of mildew in the spring, or a little blackspot. Nothing tragic.

Double Delight is a garden staple and it's easy to see why it has stuck around so long. Everyone stops to gawk at it, everyone has to put their nose in it, and everyone loves it. It's a bit like having an antique car...sure, there are more reliable and more comfortable newer cars available, but the style and cache of this "oldie but goodie" just can't be beat. IMO, they certainly don't make them like this anymore.
Reply #1 of 8 posted 14 FEB 17 by Kim Rupert
Cherry Parfait here resembles Double Delight very much. It doesn't have any scent to compare, but it grows without the fungal issues and keep pushing new flowers when Double Delight stops. If you love the Double Delight coloring and don't have to have the scent, but want a stronger grower with healthier foliage, try Cherry Parfait.
Reply #2 of 8 posted 15 FEB 17 by Andrew from Dolton
Where does this colour changing ability come from? Would it originally have been inherited form a China rose like 'Archduc Charles'?
Reply #3 of 8 posted 15 FEB 17 by Kim Rupert
Quite possibly. Some China roses deepen with age, heat and UV. European (and American) types fade.
Reply #4 of 8 posted 15 FEB 17 by jedmar
I believe an important element is 'Rosa foetida bicolor' which is found in the ancestry of many (if not all) red/yellow bicolor roses. This rose has a high concentration of anthocyanin pigments (for red) on the upper side of its petals and an equally high concentration of carotenoid pigments (for yellow) on the lower side. These pigments are then found in varying combinations in its descendants. A good example is 'Rumba', where the red components deepen with time. It is thought that with UV light, biosynthesis of anthocyanins progresses in the direction of higher frequencies of light absorption (darker colours), while biosynthesis of the carotenoids progresses towards lower frequencies of light absorption (orange to light yellow to almost colourless). The resulting effect is that the rose seems to become redder with time. "The Chemistry of Rose Pigments" (1991) by Swiss chemist Conrad Hans Eugster gives a detailed description of these pigments and processes as relating to roses.
Reply #5 of 8 posted 15 FEB 17 by Andrew from Dolton
That's very interesting, thank you Kim and Jedmar.
Reply #6 of 8 posted 15 FEB 17 by Kim Rupert
Thank you, Jedmar!
Reply #7 of 8 posted 15 FEB 17 by Give me caffeine
Thanks for that. Interesting to know, and explains how the 'Charisma' in my garden works.
Reply #8 of 8 posted 17 JUN 19 by kgs
I hear that a lot (about Cherry Parfait being similar to Double Delight) but after comparing both roses in their glory at the International Test Rose Garden in Portland, I see why people say that and yet there's something about Double Delight's coloring that is more complex than Cherry Parfait. Maybe it's that there is more yellow in it.
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