Cinco De Mayo
This seedling of Julia Child puts a whole new spin on 'flower power'. The clusters of blooms never stop poppin' open on this powerfully flowerful Floribunda. Mysteriously colored & deliriously novel, it's an indescribable blending of smoked lavender & rusty red-orange. Yet it's perfectly blendable with any color in the garden, whether it's atop a rose tree, planted in mass or nestled amongst your favorite perennials. The super-clean glossy-green foliage mirrors the flowers, adding even more pizazz to this bushy rounded flower factory. 25 petals
Cinco de Mayo fits all of the descriptions, "smoky color", or "mysteriously unique rusty red-orange and smoky lavender" but my first reaction and thought, "Oh... the blooms remind me of a Spanish dancers skirt!"
I think this will end up in a corner of the garden with Cl. Chocolate Sundae, Hot Cocoa and Rusty. Then I will break out the chocolate and port and be in heaven!
Cinco de Mayo is the 14th AARS Award Winner for 2009 to come from Weeks' research efforts, under the direction of Tom Carruth since 1988 and assisted by Christian Bedard since 2000.