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This is the hybrid tea rose Tropicana (known in Europe as Super Star). It was the first vermillon rose. It is a vigorous grower, and very floriferous. Its blossoms have a very light, pleasant, fruity fragrance. It is growing as a standard.
Tropicana has started the 1999 season in fine form. Its first blossom is shown above; the standard in bloom is shown below (that's Red Ribbons peeking out from behing the fence, and the Peace standard to the right)..
Tropicana has begun to bloom in 2000; here are the first few blossoms.
It's late October, getting cold, and Tropicana has given us one last bloom.
The Tropicana standard has begun to bloom in late May, 2001.
It's Memorial Day weekend, 2002, and Tropicana has erupted into bloom,
Tropicana has begun to bloom in 2003; a new camera finally captures the subtleties of its color.
The end of July has brought the second flush.
Tropicana is still producing gorgeous blooms even though it's the second of November!
Very sad to say, the brutal winter of 2003-2004 did in Tropicana. The bud union at the top of the stalk cracked and though it tried to wake up this spring, the growth quickly withered and died. RIP
Given the spate of passings due to the even more brutal winter of 2004-2005, I need to replace a number of roses and have purchased a Tropicana bush to plant near where Sheer Bliss used to live. Tropicana is back! Here it is, freshly planted.
One of the buds has started to open.
It's 18 June 2006 and Tropicana has become the last of the previously planted roses to bloom this year.
Tropicana took the summer off. It's now early October and Tropicana is opening another bloom. Assuming the frosts hold off, it should succeed.
A few warm days have allowed Tropicana to give us an incredible blossom!
The end of June 2007 brings the bloom of Tropicana, the last of the previously planted roses to bloom.
It's now September and Tropicana has given us a few more blooms.
It's 7 June 2008 and Tropicana has finally bloomed, next to last of the roses to do so (Garden Party, totally overshadowed by Louise Odier, is the one remaining rose that has yet to bloom). And yet, even though it's next to last, Tropicana's first bloom comes a good two weeks ahead of last year!
July brings another beautiful blossom.
The seventh of June 2009 brings the first blooms on Tropicana.
It's late May 2010 and Tropicana is beginning to bloom.
It's the middle of June 2011 and Tropicana becomes the last of the roses to bloom.
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