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'Munstead Wood' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 45-557
most recent 1 AUG SHOW ALL
Initial post 5 JUN 10 by roseluv
Out of all the 60+ roses in our garden, Munstead Wood is my favorite. It is an exquisite, lush, many- petaled, purpley burgandy, of glowing, velvety texture. The flower is 4-5 inches, the bush round maybe 3 ft.. It was newly planted in a large container as a bareroot from David Austin, early Feb. this year, 2010, yet it looks mature.
The fragrance is a strong rosy citrus, & the bush is covered in heavenly blossoms. It is disease free so far, in a more than usual wet spring, bringing blackspot to many other roses in the garden. I am optimistic it will hold up well in our toasty zone 9b inland Bay Area summer. It is the wonderful surprise treasure in our 2010 rose garden.
Reply #1 of 3 posted 18 MAR 11 by Jimmy
Is Munstead Wood good for vase life, or do the blooms fall apart quickly?
Reply #2 of 3 posted 13 APR 11 by roseluv
Dear Jimmy,
So sorry I was unable to respond to your question sooner!
Munstead Wood is good for vases, especially when picked just after the flower opens. I think I remember getting 4 or 5 days' worth of beauty & fragrance. Hope that helps!
Reply #3 of 3 posted 1 AUG by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Blooms blow in 2 days in the vase. W.S. 2000 lasts twice longer in the vase, and the scent is just as good.
Discussion id : 93-808
most recent 15 JAN 17 SHOW ALL
Initial post 29 JUN 16 by DLEverette_NC_Zone7b
Is Munstead Wood a true purple (a little bit of blue) or just a really really dark red? I've seen conflicting pictures on the internet :)
Reply #1 of 2 posted 30 JUN 16 by Patricia Routley
I've added a little more to some New Zealand references where "deep crimson" was noted. But a Californian photographer has noted: "it needs shade protection to appear deeper crimson colour".
Reply #2 of 2 posted 15 JAN 17 by Andrew from Dolton
In my garden it is almost identical in colour to 'Tuscany', 'Tuscany superb' and 'Wiliam Lobb' although I don't have issues here with shade protection.
Discussion id : 83-636
most recent 14 JAN 17 SHOW ALL
Initial post 11 MAR 15 by Robert Neil Rippetoe
Susceptible to Powdery Mildew, my garden, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Reply #1 of 6 posted 12 MAR 15 by HMF Admin
Good to know, thank you Robert.

Would that we could get more people to share their experience with specific roses.
Reply #2 of 6 posted 12 MAR 15 by Robert Neil Rippetoe
Agreed. In this case I could have saved myself the time and expense of acquiring this variety. I have zero tolerance for Powdery Mildew. I'm surprised to find a variety this new to have problems, especially to this degree..
Reply #3 of 6 posted 8 SEP 15 by Michael Garhart
It seems common in this pedigree, stemming from its origin. They are even fuzzballs here in Oregon.

Falstaff was one of the exceptions, but it has the rebloom of tic tac...
Reply #4 of 6 posted 16 AUG 16 by ChrisBC
I love this rose, but I have it now in my second garden (first year), and in both places it has been susceptible to mildew. Other DAs in the same bed (Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Poet's Wife and Scepter'd Isle) are free of it. So it seems a true susceptibility of this particular rose.
Reply #5 of 6 posted 10 NOV 16 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Munstead Wood as own-root is 1/10 the size of Dee-lish as own-root, and 1/10 the blooms too. Mine as own-root is also prone to mildew, despite tons of rain in wet clay.

Despite 38 to 40 inch. of rain per summer, I have the worst experience with Jude the Obscure, Sharifa Asma, and Eglantyne as own-roots .. wimpy & tiny & stingy. Own-root William Shakespeare 2000 was really tiny, then after 4 years it got larger & but only bloom if given acidic rain water & fluffy soil.

Charles Darwin is stingy as own-root. But Golden Celebration, Pat Austin, Evelyn, Mary Magdalene, Radio Times, Christopher Marlow, Wise Portia, Queen of Sweden, Scepter'd Isle are VERY VIGOROUS as own-roots in my rock-hard alkaline clay, I dug up Christopher Marlow and its root is bigger than Dr.Huey-rootstock. Same with Meilland roses, or Romantica roses as own-root .. these French roses bloom better with my alkaline tap water than Austin roses.
Reply #6 of 6 posted 14 JAN 17 by Lavenderlace
This is super info to have on different varieties, thanks Straw!
Discussion id : 93-306
most recent 10 JUN 16 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 10 JUN 16 by BroCad
I have four speciments of MW, ranging from 4 years to 2 years. They are magnificent! All are currently covered with buds/blooms, long-lasting, gorgeously colored and fragrant, good for cutting. Not one of these four bushes has dissapointed me. The foliage, which they keep to the ground, is generally healthy and attractive. Unlike others, I have not had mildew problems. I do sometimes get a bit of bs very late in the summer going into fall, but they do not defoliate. It is at present my most floriferous rose.
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