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'Graham Thomas ®' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 87-347
most recent 15 AUG 15 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 15 AUG 15 by johnm99
Although this is one of my favourite roses - beautiful bloom, rich colour and wonderful fragrance - it has rather poor disease resistance - all 5 of mine get quite bad blackspot early in the season, but do seem to recover. It is not a small rose - and needs room or climbing support. Very good as small climber - except for the disease resistance. Not up to modern standards in this respect, but because I am so fond of it, I forgive it its faults.
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Discussion id : 74-131
most recent 19 SEP 13 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 19 SEP 13 by Renato Emma
Syn.'Ausmas', 'Lemon Parody'
Rosa Inglese a cespuglio o rampicante, a portamento vigoroso, eretto, Gruppo Ibridi Muschiate. Fogliame lucido, verde intenso. Fiori doppi, md/grandi, giallo-oro, singoli o in mazzi. Fragranza intensa e fruttata, di Rosa Tea. H.120-250cm L.120/200cm. Rustica e rifiorente è la piu' famosa tra le Rose Inglesi. Premiata con WFRS Rose Hall of Fame.
(ROSACEAE) (David C.H.Austin, David Austin Roses Ltd., UK, 1983)
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Discussion id : 23
most recent 6 MAR 10 SHOW ALL
 
Initial post 25 FEB 04 by Unregistered Guest
Does Graham Thomas work as a climbing rose? I want to put it up against the house brick that faces west but is shaded by late afternoon sun. I live in Seattle, WA.
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Reply #1 of 9 posted 25 FEB 04 by Unregistered Guest
yes, I have seen it grown as a climber. sounds like the location you're suggesting would be perfect.
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Reply #3 of 9 posted 2 JUL 03 by Anonymous-321
I agree. I grow Graham Thomas against a north facing fence where it reaches 6-7feet. I live in East Anglia UK. Hope this helps. Ray
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Reply #4 of 9 posted 27 APR 07 by Unregistered Guest
I am not sure how you can KEEP it from climbing. I got a 5 inch tall plant last Feb. by August it filled out a trellis. This spring despite my pruning it back pretty hard it is absolute huge and covered with blooms. We had many, many 100 degree days last summer and it never stopped blooming. yes--the thing will climb like mad and bloom all summer. Mine is in a pot by the way. (BIG pot) it is a big rose.
Betsy
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Reply #5 of 9 posted 3 AUG 07 by Heaven Sent Roses
I'm Zone 7 in NC and was told GT would grow as a climber. I've had it since 2002 and it's never gotten over 6'
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Reply #6 of 9 posted 3 AUG 07 by Lyn G
It will in climates like Southern California where there is no real winter and a longer growing season.

Smiles,
Lyn
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Reply #8 of 9 posted 14 JUL 09 by Jeff Britt
In my mother's garden in Marin County, California (on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco) it has grown to 10 feet tall, and would probably be taller if I didn't keep after it and prune it down each January. This is one Austin rose that really grows BIG in California.
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Reply #9 of 9 posted 15 JUL 09 by Robert Neil Rippetoe
Graham easily achieved 10 feet here in CA's low desert region as well.
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Reply #7 of 9 posted 21 MAY 09 by Roselover24
it is one that david austin sugests in his climbers list as being good for just that purpose or as a shrub.
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Reply #10 of 9 posted 6 MAR 10 by kev
yes it does.it is one of the taller austin roses.
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Discussion id : 41-448
most recent 10 FEB 10 SHOW ALL
 
Initial post 31 DEC 09 by Cathcart
Does anyone have experience growing Graham Thomas in zone 4? I am right on the edge of zone 4/5 and wonder how big it would get. Could I conceivably grow it as a climber here? How about thoughts on overwintering it? Thanks!
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Reply #1 of 3 posted 10 FEB 10 by PaulG
I’ve grown Graham Thomas in Minnesota zone 4 for two seasons now. It is in a fairly shady spot so it hasn’t been as vigorous as it would be in a sunnier location. I wouldn’t consider it a climber, but more of a vigorous shrub. Since mine is still young and it’s not in the best location it hasn’t produced a lot of flowers, but when it does they have been worth the wait. It has been pretty healthy so far with some black spot, but not too bad. It dies back to the snow line in the winter but rebounds well.
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Reply #2 of 3 posted 10 FEB 10 by Unregistered Guest
Thank you, that's a huge help. I can give it a very sunny spot. Will try it and post later this year after I see how it does.
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Reply #3 of 3 posted 10 FEB 10 by Cathcart
Thank you! That's a big help. I can put it in a very sunny location so I have hopes we'll be able to make a go of it. Will post an update later this year after it gets established.
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