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'Munstead Wood' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 112-168
most recent 23 JUL SHOW ALL
Initial post 13 JUL by kgs
Of 10 new bushes planted late winter/early spring (Sonoma County, CA), Munstead Wood remains short (under 2 feet) and doesn't have a lot of blooms. It's very healthy and the blooms are large and fragrant, though they go quickly. Is this typical?
Reply #1 of 4 posted 13 JUL by Nastarana
Is not Sonoma Cty. rather dry during the past few years? Perhaps MW is another Austin waterhog.
Reply #3 of 4 posted 23 JUL by kgs
Could be, though I have my garden on drip irrigation and the other roses are thriving.
Reply #2 of 4 posted 23 JUL by Kittychi101
My MW was a waterhog. Blooms didn't last long on the shrub. Mine was an Own-root(zone 9a)
Reply #4 of 4 posted 23 JUL by Andrew from Dolton
Be mindful that David Austin's English roses were bred in a British climate where it is generally cool and wet. However this year the latter part of spring continuing into summer has been very warm with hardly any rain. At present parts of the country have been issued with amber health warnings from the Met. office because of temperatures over 30C. I grow 'Munstead Wood' and it hasn't performed well this year, despite watering the second flush has been poor with the flowers hardly lasting two days. 'Septer'd Isle' is struggling and not performing well in these conditions too. Only 'Summer Song' is growing well recently throwing up two very healthy shoots. But like the previous roses the flowers are over after two days. In a normal year these roses struggle in the damp and cold in my garden.
Discussion id : 45-557
most recent 23 JUL 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 4 posted 18 MAR 11 by Jimmy
Is Munstead Wood good for vase life, or do the blooms fall apart quickly?
Reply #2 of 4 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 4 posted 1 AUG 17 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.
Reply #4 of 4 posted 23 JUL by Kittychi101
MW lasted longer in the vase than it did on the shrub for me.
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!
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