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BenT_TX
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Initial post 24 SEP by BenT_TX
Appears to be Dream Come True, not Granada.
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Initial post 5 SEP by BenT_TX
So much hype has been made about the unusual coloring of this one, but for me it’s a rather ordinary reddish-pink, indistinguishable from the ubiquitous Double Knock Out. Like many Knock Outs and all plastic plants, Benjamin Britten also has no discernable scent. There the similarity ends, since Knock Out spends its energy producing flowers, while Benjamin only makes octopus canes. It produces many blind basal breaks, which if trained horizontally, will in turn produce a prodigious number of blind laterals. Perhaps it was named for the wrong historical figure…Benjamin Britten is not known for ‘blind leading the blind’, that would be Helen Keller.
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Initial post 6 NOV 14 by Kit
I'm posting a picture of this thing's habit in my So Cal garden. I planted it four years back, and everytime I think it's found its height it grows another level - here it is, having effortlessly reached 3m/10' of altitude. In my garden, the color is a little deeper than 'Sweetness,' which here is more reliably perfumed. My two year old 'Sweetness' is also bigger, both wider and taller (4m/12'6"h x 5m/16'w)
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Reply #1 of 3 posted 9 JUN by mamabotanica
Hows the rose since you posted? I am looking for a soft purple highly fragrant long vase life rose but it seems in my one 10b (Pasadena CA) garden this is not it! Hoping Barbra Streisand will fit the bill.
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Reply #2 of 3 posted 12 JUL by BenT_TX
I grow both Melody Parfumee and Barbara Striesand...Babs is by far the more free blooming bush for me so far, it is one of my most productive varieties across all colors. But I like the colors of Melody much more, it starts out more purple than Babs and ends up more lavender, Babs is too pink all the time. Both are very fragrant.
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Reply #3 of 3 posted 24 JUL by mamabotanica
thanks for the tip!
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most recent 5 JUL HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 4 JUL by BenT_TX
Striped roses have been around forever, but finally here we have one that can compare to the top tier of hybrid teas. The blooms are large and durable enough that they can hold their own with Mister Lincoln or Maria Callas...no fleeting little weak novelty here. The bloom is well spiraled symmetrical modern hybrid tea for the first half of it life, then changes to a full pillowy confection like an old school English Rose...you sort of get the best of both worlds, and it does both forms quite well and is attractive in all stages. There fair amount of variation in the pinkish-red to white proportions, the mutability of both color and form makes it ever fascinating. The fragrance is truly extraordinary, by that I mean NOT like its relative Scentimental ('good, nice') but like Fragrant Cloud ('WOW! Really?!') It is one of those deep, powerful scents rushes through your nose and perfumes head and makes you a bit dizzy (think Double Delight, Mme Isaac, and again , Fragrant Cloud). It's a pure damask nothing-but-true-rose scent, almost unbelievably strong, like there's a liquid perfume center hiding under all those crazy striped petals.
The plant is generous, tall and vigorous, a bit too bolt upright, might get a little blackspot, but the faults are really negligible for all that it offers..It reminds me a bit of Double Delight, a unique yet high-quality changeling with excellent garden performance and exceptional scent.

So why did Weeks drop it like a turkey carcass onto the rose buying public? It was introduced with very little fanfare. Does anyone really buy a rose because it was named after a 70's era monotone crooner? I understand that it is third in a line of similarly colored striped roses after Scentimental and Rock n Roll, but this one takes it to another level. I blame poor marketing if this rose doesn't become a mainstay! It could stand on its scent alone like a Perfume Delight or Fragrant Cloud, I would have named this one 'Wild Perfume'.
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Reply #1 of 2 posted 4 JUL by Nastarana
Thank you for this review. I had avoided 'Neil Diamond' because of my dislike for the crooner. I wonder if rose companies should stop naming roses for celebrities? I am also thinking of roses named after certain recent American presidents and their wives, which names seem to repell as many as are attracted..
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Reply #2 of 2 posted 5 JUL by BenT_TX
I totally agree! I'd like the rose to be named for its own qualities, not pinned to a particular person. (I love the names Scentimental and Rock n Roll...both very descriptive of special qualities possessed by this line of Weeks roses). Those two varieties came first and took the better names, while this rose, the crowning achievement of the lot, was stuck with garish 70's Liberace. It's even worse when it's a person with a particular political or religious affiliation, and still more unplatable that so many are the same religious/political bent. I bet the next politician's namesake will be a Huuuge rose.
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