Can We "Talk"?
Some may know that, along with my fondness for Old Roses proper, I'm also enthusiastic about the Floribundas of the "classic age" of Floribundas. No one says much if anything about the various roses in the "Talk" series, and so I'd like to bring them to your attention (though you'll have to have good luck finding any to purchase). Four of them, I've grown myself, and are very meritorious; I'd anticipate that the others live up to the standards of those I'm familiar with. One gathers that, as a series, they were bred to be compact, healthy, easy to care for, and dependable "decoratives"; but the flowers are really not just mere blobs of color--they're charming, well-formed, and beautiful.
--'Fancy Talk' (Swim & Weeks, 1965). Color somewhere between orange and pink, "coral" being perhaps the best term.
--'Pillow Talk' (Weeks, 1980). An eye-catching combination of lavender-mauve and buff (rather like the HT 'Double Feature' in color).
--'Plain Talk' (Swim, 1964). Rich deep red with blackish tones.
--'Small Talk' (Swim & Weeks, 1963). Lemon yellow aging lighter. The color is very cool and refreshing, and the glossy dark green leaves make a beautiful foil.
These I haven't grown:
--'Baby Talk' (Weeks, 1980). Lavender.
--'Double Talk' (Weeks, 1980). Red blend.
--'Happy Talk' (Swim & Weeks, 1973). Cherry. I'm fond of cherry-color, and would especially like to find a source for this one.
--'Smooth Talk' (Weeks, 1989). White. Apparently the last entry in this series.
--'Sweet Talk' (Swim & Weeks, 1964). Lemon and white.
--'Town Talk' (Swim & Weeks, 1966). Orange red. There's apparently a climbing version of this as well.
Seek them out! Grow them! Enjoy them! (And, addressing rose sellers: Propagate them! Offer them!)