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Discussion id : 72-101
most recent 23 MAR SHOW ALL
 
Initial post 1 JUN 13 by Auntie_S
My Wild Rover is in a large pot and I need to get it in the ground. Can anyone tell me if it will need support, or can I grow it as a free standing shrub? Thanks for any info anyone might be able to offer!
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Reply #1 of 1 posted 23 MAR by jmile
I prune my Wild Rover with special large toothed hedge trimmers to about 4 feet every spring. It gets to about six to seven feet tall by fall. It is a huge bush that needs a lot of space. It blooms continuously all summer.
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Discussion id : 88-886
most recent 26 OCT 15 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 26 OCT 15 by Michael Garhart
I just did a triple take at this rose's new name. 'Harry Potter' lol. I guess the color fits -- a magical color.
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Discussion id : 82-351
most recent 6 JAN 15 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 6 JAN 15 by Auntie_S
I have had Wild Rover (own root) for about 4 years, but only sited it in the ground a year ago. It always wanted to be tall, but once rooted in the ground took off like crazy sending out many very tall canes loaded with prickles as well as larger thorns. It blooms and repeats well, and has very interesting bloom color. It does need support--new canes are very easily snapped off, and the older ones get so tall they fall over if not tied to a structure.

Blooms are heat tolerant and do not crisp or fade (though they do change color) in high temps of 100+--a very good quality in our inland valley of northern California. The color at all stages is very pretty--ranging from purple to wine to pink, or even a mango color at times. I haven't noticed a strong fragrance, but in our climate, and also in our poor soil, fragrance that others experience with a given rose can be very mild or non-existent in my garden.

This rose sets loads of hips and I am hoping will pass along some of its interesting color characteristics to its seed. I did cross it with a wide number of other roses this year. The foliage in my climate stays nice and very healthy--no problems--though black spot can certainly be an issue here with many roses. Hope this helps!
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Discussion id : 78-494
most recent 26 MAY 14 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 25 MAY 14 by jmile
I do not know where the description "mild fragrance" came from ---- but I can smell my Wild Rover from 20 + feet away. It just fills its area of the garden with the most delightful fragrance. I really love this rose. In my garden It has spectacular colored blooms in large sprays, shiny leaves, delightful fragrance, no disease, and few thorns.
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Reply #1 of 1 posted 26 MAY 14 by Patricia Routley
It is certainly more than "mild fragrance" and we'll increase the level a bit.
When I stopped by at a friend's nursery and we were walking through the roses, he plucked a bloom of 'Wild Rover' and said "smell this". (That's salesmanship.) Within 10 seconds I had replied. "I'll have that".
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