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Hybrid Tea Rose Bush - My Favorites Are Just Joey, Double Delight, the Childrens Rose

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Just Joey - Just perfect!

Just Joey - Just perfect!

Whats in a name that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

— William Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet

Favorite Roses

There are many different types of roses available today, eg you can get David Austin Roses, Modern English Roses but the Hybrid Tea Rose is at the moment arguably the most popular flower in the world.

A lot of people although lovers of Roses do not realize that most of the Roses on sale today are actually Hybrid Tea Roses also sometimes referred to as the Modern Rose.

Three of my favorite Hybrid Tea Roses are:

  • Just Joey
  • Double Delight
  • The Childrens Rose

Each of these Rose has a description following.

Just Joey , the rose that started it for me!

Just Joey , the rose that started it for me!

Just Joey

Just Joey ,depending on my mood, would be my favorite Rose. Simply for it's boldness in display the name does not do justice to this beauty of the Rose kingdom. Coming to life around 1972 in the UK with the parents being 'Fragrant Cloud' (itself being a beautiful rose) and 'Dr A. Verhage'.

'Just Joey' has won awards such as the James Mason Gold Medal in 1986 and the Worlds Favorite Rose in 1994. So you see I am in good company.

The Rose bush in itself can be quite expansive and fortunately likes a good cut back when not in flower. It's leaves are dark green and the big double flowers are a copper/apricot blend tending to a golden color and grow in gorgeous clusters, very appealing to the viewer.

The flowers on the Just Joey are reasonably long lasting and are great for simply garden viewing or for cutting and displaying in a vase.

The Just Joey is not a heavily scented flower.

It has been said by many that 'Just Joey' Rose bushes stand alone in comparison to other Roses and I agree completely.

Being a strong growing Rose bush which will stand a fair amount of neglect I strongly recommend the Just Joey for any home gardener.

Just Joey Rose in various stages of maturity!

Just Joey Rose in various stages of maturity!

Just Joey in full bloom

Just Joey in full bloom

Double Delight a delightful rose by any other name.

Double Delight a delightful rose by any other name.

Double Delight

Double Delight would be my favorite rose for scent. With a unique scent that is hard to describe, to me there is a combination of spice, fruit, mild lemon/lime. As I said it is hard to describe but as 'they' say it is to die for!

Once you smell these roses you will want one or maybe more!

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Not only do these Double Delights smell good they are spectacular in appearance.

The name is very appropriate, for as the rose blooms the blossom is almost white and as it matures a cherry red tinge starts to appear around the edges of the petals and progresses towards the centre of the petals.

I have noticed that these Double Delights to be seen in their full glory need plenty of sunlight.

Released in 1977 the Double Delight has the parentage of 'Granada' and 'Garden Party'

Double Delight - even the insects are attracted by the scent!

Double Delight - even the insects are attracted by the scent!

Childrens Rose

The Children's Rose also known as Fredric Mistral Rose

The Children's Rose also known as Fredric Mistral Rose

Childrens Rose

The Children's Rose also has a beautiful full appearance and an alluring scent.

Let's not get confused, from my research there appears to be Two Children's Roses both released by the same breeders called Meilland Roses from France.

One is named Gina Lollabrigida released in 1990 with funds going to the Children's Hospital in Britain. The 'Gina Lollabrigida is a yellow blooming Rose.

However the 'Children's Rose' I am referring to is also known as 'Fredric Mistral' and is also bred by Meilland Roses in France in 1996.

The 'Fredric Mistral' blooms are doubles and hold their shape very well, with a light pink to mauve shade with light green foliage. The blooms have a very fruity scent but not overpowering like some other varieties. You can understand why when you look at the parentage of 'Perfume Delight' and 'Meizeli'.

This Rose has won awards for it's fragrance including Belfast Fragrance Award in 1996.

The Children's Rose aka 'Gina Lollobrigida'

The Children's Rose aka 'Gina Lollobrigida'

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1) References I use are taken from the publication 'Botanica's Pocket Roses' published by Random House. I would suggest to anyone interested in growing roses that this book is a rich source of Information.

© 2011 Peter


Peter (author) from Australia on November 18, 2015:

John thanks for sharing such heart warming stories on the 'Just Joey' and the Childrens Roses !

And what a great feeling it must be for you to see the beautiful 'Gina Lollobrigida' rose blooms on such memorable days :)

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on November 18, 2015:

Great hub Peter with amazing photos. I am a rose lover and we bought a "Just Joey" rose just after our daughter Jody (nicknme Joey) was born. It was always my favourite rose. Years late we bought my father the "Gina Lollobrigida" children's rose because he loved yellow roses and also the actress by the same name. After he passed away we came into possession of it and miraculously it flowers on his birthday and date of his passing each year.

Peter (author) from Australia on March 25, 2014:

Movie Master firstly 'Thanks for taking the time to read my Hub' :)

I don't think you will be disappointed with either choice !

Just Joey will give you a magnificent display and Double Delight will dazzle you with it's scent :) Over here both roses are quite hardy and almost impossible to kill :)

Another suggestion , if you need a different color is to take a look at the 'Children's Rose' it's a kind of light mauve / lilac shade and has the most beautiful scent.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on March 24, 2014:

Wow, you've chosen some beautiful roses here! I need a couple of roses for my border and am going for both the Double Delight and Just Joey - superb timing for reading your hub, many thanks!

Best wishes Lesley

Peter (author) from Australia on March 29, 2011:

joat thanks for your lovely comment:-) We lost a lot of our Roses for the opposite reason : we had a 10 year drought and decided that we could not afford the water to keep our 400 odd roses going, even though hybrid tea roses are very hardy.

We gave a lot of our roses to good adoptive homes and through natural attrition we only have about 50 or so left.

I would feel very lonely if I did not have at least one Rose, I would pick Just Joey, to wake up to in the morning!

jill of alltrades from Philippines on March 29, 2011:

Wow! These are all so beautiful! I too love roses.

I used to have several of them in my garden. However, they all died when they were covered with flood waters about 2 years ago. Since then, I have not been able to replace them.

Thanks for this beautiful hub.

I have not been so active in HP lately. So I'm sorry if I missed this when you first published it.

Peter (author) from Australia on March 16, 2011:

Surfraz thank you for dropping by and leaving such a kind comment. It's a pity you are not here right now as our double delight hybrid tea roses are in fact in full bloom and they are producing very large blooms and beautiful scent for us to enjoy:-)

Surfraz from India on March 16, 2011:

I am fond of roses and especially about double delight. This hub is interesting with beautiful roses in it.

Peter (author) from Australia on March 04, 2011:

G'day andycool thanks for sharing your story. It's a pity you did not succeed with your quest for the 'black' rose, although it does not surprise me! Many have tried to perfect the Black Hybrid Tea Rose but as yet no one has been up to the task. Maybe I should try because if done correctly it would make that person very rich indeed and gain for them a place in History.

According to my 'sources' so called black hybrid tea roses that are available today are in fact a 'deep red'. True 'black' hybrid tea roses are not as yet commercially available. Thanks andycool for dropping by!

cheers agvulpes :-)

andycool on March 04, 2011:

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” -- William Shakespeare

That's quite right... but my favorite is black rose which I tried to bloom but failed! Nice article on roses... I loved it! Thanks for sharing. - Andy

Peter (author) from Australia on January 26, 2011:

darski, I'm so glad that I could brighten your day. I will certainly be adding to my display of Hybrid Tea Roses on Hub Pages. I have never tried Rose Tea but I believe that it is very good for you. Some people add rose petals to salads to enhance the flavor.

Btw; love your new avatar :-)

Thanks for dropping by and brightening up our own day :-)

Darlene Sabella from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ... on January 26, 2011:

Wow awesome hub, I love this hub so much, and I have learned to fall in love with teas, and I must bookmark this page to keep checking it to make sure when I want tea I want to buy rose tea. Rate way up fabulous hub love & peace darski

Peter (author) from Australia on January 26, 2011:

Hi oliversmum thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to come and comment on my Hub about Hybrid Tea Roses. I certainly admire your taste the Fredric Mistral is certainly a striking rose in color and in scent.

I'm sure you will also like the idea that royalties from this Chilren's Rose go to the Childrens Hospital as decreed by the owners of the name.

Thanks heaps for dropping by and leaving a lovely comment:-)

Peter (author) from Australia on January 25, 2011:

@ed77burns, thanks for your kind words I'm sure these beautiful hybrid tea roses are the favorite flowers of many people:-)

oliversmum from australia on January 24, 2011:

Agvulpes. Hi. I agree with Gus, your description and information about these Roses is fabulous, and the photo's are absolutely beautiful.

My personal choice is the Fredrick Mistral Children's Rose,although I do love them all.

Thanks heaps for sharing your favorite Hybrid Tea Roses with us. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, could almost smell their perfume.Voted up :) :)

ed77burns on January 24, 2011:

Lovely roses.They are my favorite too.

Peter (author) from Australia on January 22, 2011:

ImChemist, thanks for dropping by, I am glad that you enjoyed my hybrid tea rose images :-)

ImChemist on January 22, 2011:

thanks for sharing this beautiful pictures.

Peter (author) from Australia on January 21, 2011:

Ah my FFF I think I know what you mean!

As many poets and writers have compared Roses to Women, let me say that some women can be perceived as 'too' beautiful and they are studied to try and find an imperfection! Using the same analogy you could say that some Roses could also be 'too' beautiful.

However having studied Roses over many years I find that every blooming seems to produce something just a little bit different. This is something to look forward to!

Mother Nature at her glorious best :-)

Peter (author) from Australia on January 21, 2011:

@GusTheRedneck, mate because of the various blooming times my favorites change virtually from day to day. We have had as many as 400 roses in our garden but a few years back we suffered from a prolonged drought and found new homes for many of our babies lol. We have keep our favorites and now have a much more manageable amount of roses.

Feline Prophet on January 21, 2011:

I meant that roses seem too 'perfect' somehow... :D

Peter (author) from Australia on January 21, 2011:

@Denise, thank you for your kind comment I am glad you enjoyed reading my Hub on hybrid tea roses!

Gustave Kilthau from USA on January 21, 2011:

Howdy agvulpes -

Thanks for the descriptions and for the very beautiful photos of those roses. If those are your favorites, you certainly do have a good eye for flowers.

Gus :-)))

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on January 21, 2011:

Beautiful photos and descriptions.

Peter (author) from Australia on January 21, 2011:

G'day my FFF,great to see you as well:-).

hmmm now how can you say that roses are not wild, if you are not careful they 'bite' and 'scratch' and I have the scars to prove it :-)

I just wonder what is your definition of 'wilder'?

Could you perhaps give me an example?

Feline Prophet on January 21, 2011:

Hello Noble Fox...long time no see! :)

I don't particularly like roses - I prefer wilder looking flowers - but I have to admit that some specimens quite take the breath away.

Peter (author) from Australia on January 20, 2011:

queenbe thank you so much for sharing your 'double delight' story. It is wonderful how we can associate scents with different periods of our lives. I am glad I was able to bring back some nice memories of your mum for you. Thanks again for stopping by :-)

queenbe from NY on January 20, 2011:

Stunningly beautiful roses! They are my favorite flower and your photos show why. One of my mom's roses was the double delight and it's scent was heavenly. I miss her roses as much as I miss her. Your hub gave me many sweet memories of both. :)

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