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StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
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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 4 posted 28 APR 17 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 4 posted 24 MAY 17 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 4 posted 14 JUL 17 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Bought Twilight-Zone as OWN-ROOT. Survived 1st zone 5a winter. Bush-shape is round & full & less-thorn. Deep-purple in my alkaline clay. Very healthy but light clove scent. Blooms well in partial shade. 2nd year, the scent improves with acidic rain, and it's finally pleasant to sniff.
Reply #4 of 4 posted 7 days ago by Nola Z5
I planted two Twilight Zone bushes here in zone 5a, one in 2015 and one in 2017 that I purchased from a local hardware store. I don't know if they're own root or grafted but they both have done wonderfully through our winters in southern Wisconsin. I mound with mushroom compost and then mulch after the first hard frost. They bloom very well in the spring and scattered blooms throughout the summer, and now in August, another very prolific flush. The color is a deep purple and the fragrance is a wonderful clove. Minimal BS in the fall. This is a rose I would definitely have to have in my garden. It's beautiful right next to Lady of Shalott.
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Initial post 27 JUL 17 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Amazing colors that glow in your creation/breeding. Wow !!
Reply #1 of 1 posted 1 AUG by Warren Millington
thank you
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Initial post 5 JUN 10 by roseluv
Out of all the 60+ roses in our garden, Munstead Wood is my favorite. It is an exquisite, lush, many- petaled, purpley burgandy, of glowing, velvety texture. The flower is 4-5 inches, the bush round maybe 3 ft.. It was newly planted in a large container as a bareroot from David Austin, early Feb. this year, 2010, yet it looks mature.
The fragrance is a strong rosy citrus, & the bush is covered in heavenly blossoms. It is disease free so far, in a more than usual wet spring, bringing blackspot to many other roses in the garden. I am optimistic it will hold up well in our toasty zone 9b inland Bay Area summer. It is the wonderful surprise treasure in our 2010 rose garden.
Reply #1 of 4 posted 18 MAR 11 by Jimmy
Is Munstead Wood good for vase life, or do the blooms fall apart quickly?
Reply #2 of 4 posted 13 APR 11 by roseluv
Dear Jimmy,
So sorry I was unable to respond to your question sooner!
Munstead Wood is good for vases, especially when picked just after the flower opens. I think I remember getting 4 or 5 days' worth of beauty & fragrance. Hope that helps!
Reply #3 of 4 posted 1 AUG 17 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Blooms blow in 2 days in the vase. W.S. 2000 lasts twice longer in the vase, and the scent is just as good.
Reply #4 of 4 posted 23 JUL by Kittychi101
MW lasted longer in the vase than it did on the shrub for me.
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Initial post 11 JAN 17 by Badger Rose
This rose did not grow much taller than my hand its first year. It arrived to me in rough shape, the poor little thing--so much so that I complained to the grower who said she would replace it but I didn't pursue the issue. Going into 5a winter I expected certain death but nevertheless mounded a bit of dirt over it to mark its grave. To my surprise the thing exploded in spring like Mission Impossible. It has weaponry to match--numerous daggers up and down the canes. It avoids the bullets of blackspot, mildew and rust (a difficult and amazing feat in my dangerous garden world--although I only really have trouble with blackspot). And just like I can't smell the movie, I can't smell this rose. Strange that I can't smell Summer Romance pretty much at all, either. I can, however, smell Beverly, First Crush, and Savannah which are a delight, so not sure what's going on there. Perhaps it needs time to mature or maybe it doesn't like my soil or maybe it's just specific scents my nose doesn't pick up on. The color? Other people's pictures here show it to be much brighter and showy. Mine is a little more muddy-colored and does not stand out in my garden, though the blooms are nicely shaped and still pretty. I will see what next Mission Impossible--er--year--brings and post my report then.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 30 APR 17 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Thank you, for that fantastic info. about scents. For the mystery of scent, see comment section of Ebb Tide:
Reply #2 of 2 posted 19 JUL by Just-one-more-rose
Hello, just wondering if you've seen any improvement in colour and fragrance? Thanks
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