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Initial post 16 MAY by Just-one-more-rose
Would anyone who has roses with different fragrances, care to describe the blue moon fragrance? (e.g. for many other roses I see fruity, citrusy, lemony, tea, damask, sweet, old rose and so forth), but for blue moon, HMF merely says 'strong, opinions vary' - I'd love to hear more detail on the blue moon fragrance, if anyone can. Thank you
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Reply #1 of 7 posted 16 MAY by Lavenderlace
I can't wait to hear your answers! I should have some Blue Moon arriving soon and if the fragrance is anything like Twice in a Blue Moon, then I will be thrilled. I find it hard to describe that one though, because it is different from the others to my nose, simply lovely wafting in the vase. Not tea, not damask, not lemon, not old rose to me.
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Reply #2 of 7 posted 3 OCT by Plazbo
Curious as well. Trying to find a pale mauve/silver/grey (aka as "blue" as possible) with decent health, available in australia and not being citrusy scented seems a task too hard at the moment.
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Reply #3 of 7 posted 3 OCT by Andrew from Dolton
I have grown 'Blue Moon', 'Blue Moon climbing' and 'Twice in a Blue Moon'. 'Blue Moon climbing' gives one good display but it only ever flowered once for me. IMO 'Twice in a Blue Moon' is a better plant than 'Blue Moon', it repeats better and has slightly bigger flowers. To my nose they all have a wonderful strong Damask fragrance but with fresher citrus notes as well, unfortunately they won't grow well in my climate and I have given-up trying to make them happy. For blueness I grow 'Reine des Violettes', 'Bleu Magenta' and 'Baby Faurax'.
I can remember my grandmother growing 'Blue Moon' in the early '70s when it was new on the market and I was small enough to be dwarfed by a Hybrid-Tea. Everyone agreed it had strong perfume but I couldn't understand why the adults were so excited about it being "blue", the emperor's new clothes.
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Reply #4 of 7 posted 3 OCT by Plazbo
I agree that calling them blue is stretching it but it's what people call them. 'Twice in a Blue Moon' isn't here in Australia otherwise I'd be looking at it more closely.

I have Baby Faurax it's more purple than I'm looking for. Gra's Blue (also have) has a colour that's along the lines I'm looking at (it just has a strong citrus scent). Was looking at Moon Shadow but not available. It's a lot of citrus or obvious health issues.
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Reply #5 of 7 posted 3 OCT by Lavenderlace
In my southern Z8, sandy soil, own-root Blue Moon hasn't compared favorably at all with Twice in a Blue Moon. Not in vigor, fragrance, wafting ability, bloom size, number of blooms, or frequency of blooming. One criticism of "Twice" could be how large the bushes get, requiring several prunings during growing season to keep the size down but the trade-off was seven inch blooms before the excessive heat set in.

Blue Moon has a pleasant fragrance though, and surely it will get stronger as they get older. I'm comparing their performances to each other though at the same age.
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Reply #6 of 7 posted 11 days ago by Plazbo
I'd say it's sweet and citrusy...but not in the strong lemony way a lot of mauves/lavendars are.

I think the opinions vary part may be due to the flowers not being consistently fragrant. While my plant is new, it's had a few spikes, some flowers have been more fragrant than others.
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Reply #7 of 7 posted 11 days ago by Andrew from Dolton
It reminds me of that slightly grapefruity smell that Magnolia grandiflora has.
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Initial post 11 days ago by Plazbo
Kind of a unusual sweet fragrance to me, makes me think of marshmellow, something kind of powdery. It's a strong pleasant smell, just not something I've smelt in roses before.
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Initial post 11 days ago by Plazbo
The only other rose in my garden with sign of red spider mites....but not bad enough that it's defoliating, just foliage that's discoloured. Other than that it seems pretty healthy, not the fastest grower though.
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Initial post 11 days ago by Plazbo
Picked up a potted Blue Moon a month or so ago. The nursery had most of the lavender/mauve coloured roses close together and Blue Moon does stand out as being a cooler toned colour than others there.

Did have a a fair bit of black spot and health looked fairly typical for older modern varieties....it's not so bad at the moment, maybe because it's no longer root bound, new leaves may be more resistant to infection, could also just be the heat killing the BS spores as summer heat approaches.
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