Oscar Peterson, a Canadian born jazz pianist and composer, is known as one of the world’s greatest. His illustrious career lasted more than 60 years and was embellished with numerous awards and honours, including eight Grammy Awards.
Oscar Peterson’s music was seamless, as if it flowed from his fingers like a spring of clear water. Those who understand music know that such perfection is the result of hard work and endless practice.
It is fitting that the new ‘Oscar Peterson’ rose has attributes of perfection. Its flawless, deep green foliage acts as a perfect foil for blossoms that appear as if from a never ending floral spring. These glossy leaves are the result of the hard work and patience of generations of breeders who have worked to create roses with superb hardiness, disease resistance and great beauty.
The semi-double flowers begin life in a shade of softest yellow cream, especially in cooler weather. Often the tips of the petals are lightly touched by red. Soon cream turns to glistening bright white and a contrasting boss of golden yellow stamens. The flowers are arranged in sprays, and, like a musician who finishes his set with style, the petals drop cleanly away once the show is over.
This rose is a class act that does not spread across the bed with bothersome suckers. It grows upright to slightly spreading, making it a good specimen plant or an ideal hedging rose.
Oscar Peterson was a tough and relentless performer and his rose namesake lives up to those standards. This is among the hardiest roses that have appeared in the Canadian Artist Series, being able to survive temperatures of -35c with nary a bud damaged. The flowers appear without a break from late spring till the fall frosts close the curtain on its outstanding performance. It will having you shouting for an encore, and like its generous namesake, will no doubt deliver on your request.
For more information on this great Canadian artist, please visit www.oscarpeterson.com