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most recent 2 FEB 14 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 2 FEB 14 by Blue Zinnia
An excellent photo of one of my favorite roses.
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Reply #1 of 1 posted 2 FEB 14 by Navy Roser
Thanks so much! Cell phones have really come a long way. >:^) It really is a fantastic rose as well.
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most recent 21 AUG 13 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 21 AUG 13 by Navy Roser
Out of all my roses, this has been by far the poorest performer. It's slow to grow, the blooms have bull-nosed every time, and unfortunately if it gets any sun at all the color is a garish lava orange shade and nothing like the photos. I have sprayed, fed, watered, cooed, sang to, and otherwise pampered this rose and it just won't thrive. I will be moving it to a greenhouse for a second chance at life before I give up on it completely, but I wouldn't recommend this as a variety for someone who doesn't want to dote on it for exhibition or some other reason. It's a real shame as it truly does try to bloom, but the plant itself is just terrible. Mine is an ownroot and that may have something to do with it.
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most recent 21 AUG 13 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 21 AUG 13 by Navy Roser
I ordered for the second time from Rogue Valley just recently. I ordered 4 roses for myself, and made a separate order of 4 for my mother...so we each got a free rose as well.
They were out of one of the roses I had ordered, so they promptly contacted me with the options of a refund for the amount and a spot on the waiting list, or a replacement of my choice. I chose Paul Barden's Jeri Jennings to replace the rose that was sold out.
My mother's roses arrived healthy and perfectly packaged, with Tournament of Roses even having two fresh blooms on it which thrilled her since they were shipped all the way to Ohio. Rogue Valley Roses goes above and beyond on their packing. Even though it seems like a nuisance to get them out to plant, it's worth it in the end.
Unfortunately, somehow the tape ripped loose from the inside of the box on its way to me and Jeri Jennings broke the main cane. Given that the box was leaned up against my steps (with that end up, so the rose was upside-down for hours) instead of laid flat on the porch, I do not hold RVR accountable for this at all. This is not the first time I've had a box of roses handled poorly in transit. I was able to splint the cane with a Band-Aid and so far it has not dropped the leaves. I emailed a couple photos to James at RVR and asked if he thought I could keep it alive. He immediately offered to send me another free of charge, and didn't even ask me to mail the other back. This kind of customer service is a rarity these days and I sincerely appreciate RVR for taking care of their customers in this way, even though they exist in a very niche market and, frankly, we depend on businesses of this sort for rare/antique/etc roses.

I will continue to order from Rogue Valley Roses because of their broad selection, healthy roses, fair prices and especially shipping costs, and their outstanding customer service.
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