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most recent 29 SEP SHOW ALL
Initial post 22 APR 12 by Simon Voorwinde
Apparently the name 'Golden Chersonese' is derived from 'Chersonesus Aurea', an ancient Greek (150AD) name for the Malay Peninsula where plentiful gold was to be found.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 29 SEP by Plazbo
Hi Simon,

Given the possible difference between Australia and others, can you shed any light on the following:

How big are the flowers?
Is it strongly fragrant like listed?

I got the plant this year (bare root) around the end of july, it may have been the unusually warm temps but it went in to bloom a few weeks ago, the plant is basically the same size it was when it arrived, it just has a bunch of leaves that may be affecting things quite a lot compared to a plant that's had more time to settle in but given the once flowering habit may have to wait a year to confirm for myself.
most recent 18 SEP HIDE POSTS
Initial post 16 SEP by Plazbo
While Rosa rubiginosa is said to have foliage that smells of green apples, Lord Penzance (at least to me, so far on new wood and juvenile leaves) smells more spearmint-ish, kind of toothpastey. Not unpleasant, just not apple like expected.
Reply #1 of 3 posted 16 SEP by Andrew from Dolton
Perhaps some of the fragrance is influenced by Rosa foetida?
Reply #2 of 3 posted 18 SEP by Plazbo
Possibly. I just found it interesting given many of the other R.rubiginosa hybrids with fragrant foliage are said to have the green apple scent so was not expecting the scent I'm getting from mine. Possibly getting an example of R.rubiginosa to compare with just to make sure it's not just me smelling LP weirdly.
Reply #3 of 3 posted 18 SEP by Andrew from Dolton
Rubiginosa smells at its best in cool damp still weather conditions. It is classified as a weed in many areas, Australia too. I have seedlings of it I collected from the wild and grew this year. If your import laws were not so strict I could send you some.
most recent 18 AUG SHOW ALL
Initial post 17 MAY by Plazbo
Is the only way to order via phone or is there an email?
Reply #1 of 2 posted 17 MAY by Margaret Furness
Reply #2 of 2 posted 18 AUG by Plazbo
It worked thank you for that. Roses arrived yesterday, some of the most alive looking bare roots I've ever received.
most recent 14 JUL SHOW ALL
Initial post 23 MAR 16 by drossb1986
I have mixed feelings on Twilight Zone. From what I had read, it should be an all-star. However, I haven't found it to be the case. TZ has been resistant to disease so far, and it has been very healthy. The bush has bloomed a lot, but the coloring of my bush doesn't seem to match what I frequently see photos of. I don't get the dusky, dark purple. Mine always turn out more of a brighter purple. While the blooms smell lovely, they don't seem to last that long on the plant. One day the rose looks nice on the bush, and the next day the ground is littered with petals. I'm hoping I'm happier with TZ when it grows and fills out more, but right now I'm on the fence with it. I may be in the minority on it, however.

August 2016 Update: TZ is not a rose for hot, sunny days in Texas. The blooms fry to a crisp in anything above 90 degrees. That doesn't mean TZ doesn't try to bloom in the heat, but they just don't survive. I've also found the growth habit of TZ to be strange and leggy, flopping over into other bushes nearby. Although, it's been 100% clean and healthy with no disease issues. I don't plan on shovel-pruning it this year, but I don't think I would purchase this rose again hindsight being 20/20.
Reply #1 of 3 posted 28 APR by Plazbo
I'm in the same boat. It doesn't seem to live up to the hype. I don't find it to be a significant improvement over Ebb Tide, it (TZ) has more petals but that's a preference that isn't universal, other than that though I find the fragrance and colour of Ebb Tide to be better.

It's not a bad rose but with Ebb Tide (probably it's main competition given the unusual qualities are mostly shared) being readily available I'd always pick it over TZ.
Reply #2 of 3 posted 24 MAY by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Fantastic reviews. THANK YOU. So glad I didn't buy Twilight zone, although I was tempted. A friend in my zone 5a informed me that GRAFTED Twilight zone died to the crown (only root survives) through our winter. Hers was grafted on Dr. Huey.
Reply #3 of 3 posted 14 JUL by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Bought Twilight-Zone as OWN-ROOT. Bush-shape is round & full & less-thorn. Will post a pic. of my 1st bloom later. So far very healthy in a pot, with tons of acidic rain.
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