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Tootie's Rockin' K Rose

Rose namings are sometimes requested to honour the life of someone special.  One of my most recent new roses, called 'Jalpinkdel' during its infancy, has just been named in memory of a woman whose grit, determination, generosity and compassion particularly touched the Southern Rodeo Association.

A legend in the rodeo world, Tootie Moore competed in barrel racing and goat tying in the 60s and 70s. As a barrel racer,  she was a competitor who couldn't be beat. She capped off her contestant career in the Southern Rodeo Association in the 1970s as a Goat Tying Champion. A member of the SRA since its inception she competed as a contestant until 1994. Tootie then performed as an event secretary for more than forty years.  She spent much of her life at the Rockin' K Ranch, and raised her children there. Tootie was a deeply devoted mother and grandmother.

Such interesting lives that people lead.  I'm honoured that her friends and family chose to commemorate Tootie Moore's life with this sweetly-perfumed, pink cottage-garden rose. 

Tootie's Rockin' K Rose

About the Tootie's Rockin' K Rose

This floribunda is such a charmer. I love the frilly cottage-style flowers of this rose, and its amazing sweet rose fragrance. There are very few roses that have such a wonderfully sweet perfume to match the pretty flowers. The blooms are peachy-pink, very double, with a wonderful old-fashioned look to them. The plant grows compact and bushy to about two feet, making it ideal for small tidy gardens or larger containers. This rose is a keeper for its fragrance alone.