Rosa Hybrid Kordesii ‘William Baffin’ William Baffin Explorer Rose
William Baffin roseFavs-003According to the Eagle Lake Nurseries, William Baffin Explorer Rose cam grow 9′ high with a spread of 6′ at maturity. They can live for twenty years.

William Baffin Explorer Rose

Eagle Lake Nursery describes this rose’s characteristics,

“William Baffin Rose is bathed in stunning cherry red flowers with yellow eyes along the branches from late spring to late summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The oval compound leaves turn yellow in fall. The fruits are showy tomato-orange hips displayed from mid to late fall. The spiny brick red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.”
– Eagle Lake Nursery

When I took these photos on June 19, 2017 in Parkdale, Calgary, of the first blossoms, a bee literally rolled in the pollen from flower to flower.

William Baffin is more vigorous than the John Davis. When you see the two rose bushes side by side, the John Davis bush is much smaller and the William Baffin roses are a deeper pink.

According to Bob Osborne, the owner of Corn Hill Nursery near Petitcodiac, NB., in his article, “Exploring Explorer roses” William Baffin (1983)
Perhaps the most propagated of all the Explorers because of its tremendous vigour and long season of bloom, this upright grower will reach heights of 3 m or more. Its bright pink, semi-double flowers are very showy and its foliage is resistant to blackspot and mildew, although it is somewhat susceptible to leafspot. It is among the hardiest of all cultivated roses, easily surviving -40°C. It has little fragrance.”

“John Davis (1986). This Rosa kordessii hybrid was a breakthrough in flower form, closely resembling the popular ‘Bonica’, but much hardier, surviving temperatures of -40°C with little damage. The blooms are medium pink and shapely, with a light fragrance. The bush has deep red new stems and arches outward, eventually growing to 2 m, making it suitable as a low climber.”

Common hardy roses in Calgary include the Henry Kelsey, William Baffin (shrub – Explorer) (1983), John Davis (John Davis (shrub – Explorer) (1986), John Cabot, David Thompson.

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