On Gardening: Suñorita rose garners American Rose Society’s Award of Excellence

  • Oso Easy Petit Pink rose was the first Proven Winners ColorChoice rose to win the American Rose Society’s Award of Excellence in 2012. (Norman Winter/TNS)

  • This spray of Oso Easy Peasy rose, another Award of Excellence Winner, looks as though it was an heirloom rose, but it is disease resistant and tough as nails. (Norman Winter/TNS)

  • This Cloudless Sulphur butterfly investigates opportunities on a new bud of Suñorita rose showing off its classic shape. (Norman Winter/TNS)

  • Suñorita rose is the American Rose Society winner of the 2022 Award of Excellence and Proven Winners 2022 Rose of the Year one of 14 varieties in the Proven Winners ColorChoice line of roses. (Norman Winter/TNS)

The Garden Guy wasn’t stopping to smell the roses, but instead stared in awe at the form of a rosebud. Even though this new rose variety called Suñorita is considered a miniflora, the bud looked like a classic tiny hybrid tea. Then, out of nowhere, as if to confirm my admiration, a butterfly landed on top and proceeded to investigate.