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'Donatella' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 61-092
most recent 6 OCT SHOW ALL
 
Initial post 18 JAN 12 by goncmg
Have grown this rose in central valley California and now 6a, Columbus. Every year I fall a little more out of love with it. It is quite unique, the petals are uniquely ruffled, the foliage is olive green and also basically ruffled, it is a bicolor/multicolor with a heavy scent. 48 years ago this was a hallmark. I had to create a "sick zone" this year in my yard (all in huge terracotta pots, sleep in the garage) mostly because of Granada and the fact it and it alone got disfiguring mildew, AGAIN, which I could not clear regardless of what I tried. Another one that back in the 70's was re-classified for years as a GR due to the fact it generally blooms in clusters if not pannicles. I'm just losing enthusiasm for this one and feel it over-rated and resting on its reputation that was gained years ago and before better bi-multi colors with scent appeared. If you have heard of it and wanted to try it likely it is worth the gamble if no more than so you can just say you tried what is basically a "legend." If Secret or Double Delight (its child) strike your fancy, by all means, walk on by..........its rating has fallen notably in the past decade or so, and although still in the "very good" range, I expect it to keep falling...........
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Reply #1 of 4 posted 29 APR 14 by Matt's North Texas Rose Garden
Agree about Double Delight, terrible... but Secret is quite nice and is AMAZING out at my Aunts place in the west Texas high plains.
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Reply #2 of 4 posted 29 APR 14 by goncmg
Oh gosh, I think Secret is GREAT! I was suggesting Secret and even DD as an alternative to Granada which I find to be more and more problematic and when my ol' plant ages out, I will not replace it.
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Reply #3 of 4 posted 6 OCT by BenT_TX
In my opinion, while Secret and Double Delight are excellent and worthwhile varieties, they are very dissimilar to Granada, and not a suitable replacement. Granada is still quite a unique jewel-toned color combination, at different times you will find red, pink, orange, apricot , copper and yellow...a wonderful kaleidoscope of a bush. It produces a prodigious number of especially elegant buds on long straight single stems, beautiful for both garden display and Cut flowers. It has a very nice old rose fragrance. I understand it has propensity to mildew, but if you live in an area where that’s not a problem, or keep up the spray program, this is still a most uniquely fabulous and indispensable rose.
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Reply #4 of 4 posted 6 OCT by Nastarana
I love 'Granada' also, for the changing colors and for the fragrance, but I think it needs a warm and fairly dry climate. I think of it as a late 20thC Pernetiana, in behavior if not in lineage.
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Discussion id : 47-724
most recent 1 SEP 10 SHOW ALL
 
Initial post 28 AUG 10 by roseluv
Hi hmf friends,
I'd been using the hmf search for various roses, for 20 minutes or so, when suddenly the photos stopped appearing, both when first arriving at the rose page, & again when, after using "photo" tab, pressing the thumbnail photos ( which do appear ). I haven't ever encountered this before. The photos on gardenweb are working fine. What appears in place of the picture, is the frame of the enlarged photo box, with the name of the rose at the top, & a small question mark at the center. Hope my info made sense!
Thanks in advance for your help - & for being the wonderful resource site that you are!
Warm Regards,
Sherry Morey, aka roseluv
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Reply #1 of 1 posted 1 SEP 10 by HMF Admin
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Discussion id : 31-018
most recent 18 OCT 08 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 18 OCT 08 by Carlene
Does anyone know how this rose performs when grown on its own roots? When it is grafted it does good for 1-2 years then after that it hardly blooms - got maybe 6 blooms this year. Also the blooms don't last the longest either.
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Discussion id : 14-171
most recent 17 SEP 07 SHOW ALL
 
Initial post 22 SEP 06 by Dave and Deb Boyd
Fantastic fragrance and it is a bloom machine for us. I can deal with the powdery mildew Granada gets just to smell it and see all those blooms. PM was pretty bad the first couple years. It hasn't been a big problem the last 5.
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Reply #1 of 6 posted 13 SEP 07 by Leslie Davis
How tall does this rose get in your garden? Understanding you're a different zone. Does this rose bloom well for you also?
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Reply #2 of 6 posted 16 SEP 07 by Wendy C.
Mine got about 3 ft here in zone 5/6, it had a nice upright habit and bloomed very well. Unfortunately mine was virused and I lost it. If you can get a healthy Granada, I think you'll be pleased with it.
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Reply #3 of 6 posted 16 SEP 07 by Leslie Davis
Thank you for your reply. I was going to ask if it was 'well mannered'. This gives me some of the information I was looking for. I need to next find out how well it does in heat of 100's for periods of time.
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Reply #4 of 6 posted 16 SEP 07 by Cass
Granada is an old standby rose in California, where it is still sold by the major producers. It handles the heat well, although the blooms will not hold that hybrid tea form unless you pick them in the bud. It is a very large rose in Zone 9, up to 5 and 6 feet tall. It is subject to powdery mildew, although I don't see much on it in my garden away from the coast. In coastal California, it is a martyr to mildew. I would not describe it as mannerly unless you grow it on its own roots.
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Reply #5 of 6 posted 16 SEP 07 by Leslie Davis
Thank you, I appreciate all the info. This is exactly what I needed to know about this rose, I'm in the central valley CA also zone 9.

Still curious Dave, how tall does Granada get for you though??
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Reply #6 of 6 posted 17 SEP 07 by Dave and Deb Boyd
Granada is a bit over 4 feet tall and wide right now. I went out and measured her a minute ago. She is loaded with buds and I'm hoping cold weather holds off long enough for most to open. The fragrance of the gaudy things is fantastic. Oh, I mentioned that.

I see Granada is one of those I need to go through and edit to include more info.
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