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Andrew from Dolton
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reply #6 of 7 posted 1 DEC 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.
Reply #7 of 7 posted 1 DEC by Andrew from Dolton
It reminds me of that slightly grapefruity smell that Magnolia grandiflora has.
most recent 28 NOV HIDE POSTS
Initial post 28 NOV by Andrew from Dolton
Very nice blue tints in the petals. This is what I expected when I bought 'Mr Bluebird' three years ago. Instead mine flowers much paler and closer to the pink of 'Old Blush'. I'll try and buy another from a different supplier and discard the one I'm growing now.
most recent 26 NOV HIDE POSTS
Initial post 24 NOV by Andrew from Dolton
Reply #1 of 5 posted 25 NOV by Margaret Furness
Thank you. You don't need flower-arranging skills with such a lovely rose.
Reply #2 of 5 posted 25 NOV by Marlorena
I was as much taken by the vase Margaret... and it matches perfectly..
Reply #3 of 5 posted 25 NOV by Margaret Furness
A nice charity shop find (chipped). It's stamped Booth, made in England.
Reply #4 of 5 posted 25 NOV by Marlorena
Oh right... I'll have a look on Ebay...
Reply #5 of 5 posted 26 NOV by Margaret Furness
Correction, Booths. Silicon China. Y109. Whatever that means.
most recent 25 NOV HIDE POSTS
Initial post 24 NOV by Margaret Furness
of course I knew when I planted it that it was spring-only, but it seems to have short flower-life and a short flowering season in my garden. Is that the experience of others?
Reply #1 of 7 posted 24 NOV by Andrew from Dolton
It is interesting you say that Margaret because I grow this rose as a climber together with 'Aschermittwoch' and I was slightly disappointed that they do not flower together for a longer time although it was very hot and dry in June. 'Mousseux du Japon' was similar, my disappointment being greater because it is such an ugly rose as well.
Reply #2 of 7 posted 24 NOV by Jay-Jay
In a bit cooler year, it flowers for weeks in a row (a month as one might see looking at my photo's of this rose made in 2015) in my garden... And yes, the flowers last just a few days, whilst changing color.
This year almost no flowering due to the storm-damage.
Reply #3 of 7 posted 24 NOV by Margaret Furness
Too hot a climate here, perhaps. I've realised the rose books are right: Centifolia muscosa is the best moss.
Reply #4 of 7 posted 24 NOV by Patricia Routley
I photographed an inflorescence on November 21. I hope to remember to photograph it progressively over the next fortnight or so. But it is still cool here and I gather hot there.
Reply #6 of 7 posted 25 NOV by Margaret Furness
No, we've had one nasty hot day and then wind, hail and RAIN. Still cool for the next week. But I don't think Wm Lobb will flower for more than a fortnight, and Laneii doesn't look as if it will do much better.
Reply #5 of 7 posted 24 NOV by Andrew from Dolton
What about 'Nuits de Young' if you wanted a dark moss rose?
Reply #7 of 7 posted 25 NOV by Margaret Furness
Thanks for the suggestion. Alas, it's not time for me to increase the number of roses I grow!
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