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Our Lady of Guadalupe (floribunda) by John Bottensek
 
I don’t know about you, but my favorite rose seems to change as often as the wind shifts. I look at some newer roses that I have acquired and think that this may be my new favorite one. But as time goes by, it may change again when I see another beautiful bloom. As this indecision plagues my brain, it always comes back to one of the first roses that I purchased some years ago (Our Lady of Guadalupe). My wife and I first saw this rose when on a garden tour down in the Tampa area. It was full of blooms and wonderful lush green foliage. The rose has a very pleasant fragrance. I especially like the light pink color of her flowers, which look very elegant and sophisticated. The shape of the flowers is also very pretty. On top of that the rose was constantly blooming. Even in between flushes there were always a few flowers on the bush. We ended up putting a cluster of three in our front yard in a raised bed. When in full bloom cycle, there can be as many as 500 blooms at a time on this group. The flowers last for a relatively long time on the bush and also in the vase. Makes for a real good landscape show piece for all to see and enjoy. Disease resistance was good for me and even though I do spray, this rose shows to be much more care free than other variety’s that I have. I would recommend this rose to anyone without hesitation.
 
John Bottensek
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