The purple color and 'ruffled' bloom caught my attention. The scent sealed the deal. Traditional yet lighter with a hint of lemon. (But not a barely scented rose by any means). It made my heart sing! Very unique. (To me anyhow). The blooms remind me of 'old fashioned' garden roses. Some are less purple and more pink, but that's perfectly fine with me - y'all know how I love pink. Regardless of color, so far each bloom has been the size of my hand! Also a good cut rose for the mantle vase.
Twilight Zone is a grandiflora* rose which debuted in 2013 and is apparently fairly good when it comes to disease resistance. (We'll see! Fingers crossed).
Already 10 blooms since bringing TZ home and I'm very excited for the next round of blooms to begin - there are over a dozen waiting to open!
*A Grandiflora rose is a rose whose parents are a Hybrid Tea rose and a Floribunda rose. (In this case, TZ's parents are 'Della Reese' hybrid tea and 'Ebb Tide'™ floribunda). Grandiflora's have long stems with single or clustered blooms. They're repeat bloomers, hardy and the tallest of modern roses (except for climbers). What are Hybrid Tea and Floribunda roses? Find out by visiting my "Garden Notes" page here. Want to see the first new rose for my garden this year? Click here.