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Initial post 8 OCT 16 by kysusan
This has been an excellent rose for me this year. Purchased bare root from Austin USA in 2016, it has been covered in blooms from spring to fall, very healthy and nicely shaped, dense leaves. I spray fungicide, but Olivia might be good for a no spray garden. A drawback is lack of scent. Hopefully that will develop. Even so, it's a keeper.


Year two, still no scent.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 7 MAY by moriah
Mine has a very nice fragrance and the first one to bloom this year.
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Initial post 25 OCT 17 by kysusan
Available from - Regan Nursery
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Initial post 3 OCT 17 by kysusan
Available from - Regan Roses carries this rose.
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Initial post 29 MAR 17 by Give me caffeine
Updated information:

Typical Hybrid Tea. Defoliates to a bunch of sticks every so often. Great if you like that sort of thing.

Am going to persevere with it, for now, because it's so good when it's good.
Reply #1 of 6 posted 29 AUG 17 by kysusan
Mine is doing the same, sadly.
Reply #2 of 6 posted 29 AUG 17 by Give me caffeine
Oh yes? Under what conditions?

I'm not sure I've got my "care regime" right for this rose.
Where "care regime" is a euphemism for "doing bugger all and seeing if it survives".
Reply #3 of 6 posted 8 SEP 17 by Lavenderlace
Did you ever happen to notice what conditions make her defoliate? I need to get them in the ground but was holding out for the verdict before I put them in a prominent place! They can deal with my soil so at least I've tested them on that.
Reply #4 of 6 posted 8 SEP 17 by Give me caffeine
I'm not sure if it's me or the rose. I'm by no means an expert so you should probably take what I say with a grain of salt at this stage. I'll have a better idea once I've grown it for a couple more years.

On the other hand, if I don't complain about a rose I'm growing it's probably idiot-proof, at least in my climate and on my soil.

The first point is that this rose, along with most of them, went underwater when a cyclone came down the coast. It would only have been underwater for few hours (the heaviest rain was at night, so I don't know the exact period of submersion) but roses are not keen on growing in aquariums. Also, even though it wasn't submerged for long, the soil was absolutely sodden for a day or so before and several days after. The bush didn't defoliate at this stage, but the experience would probably not have done it any good. It may have contributed to the later defoliation, through effects on the bush and/or the soil. Quite a few of the others defoliated at about the same time.

The defoliation occurred later, in winter. I'm not sure why. Conditions weren't extreme in any way, as our winters are generally very mild.* It is possible that some of them just happened to go into dormancy and that is why they dropped leaves, but last winter (which was much the same) they had just been planted and were going like rockets.

Anyway all the bushes that had been sulking, including 'New Zealand' are now bouncing back very nicely for spring.

*IIRC the minimum temperature this year was 2 Celsius (about 36 Fahrenheit) and that was only for one night. Most nights it would have been several degrees higher.
Reply #5 of 6 posted 9 SEP 17 by Andrew from Dolton
I get this temperature during the summer!
Reply #6 of 6 posted 9 SEP 17 by Lavenderlace
Thanks so much for the info, appreciate it!
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