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'Old Blush' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 98-247
most recent 29 MAR 17 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 29 MAR 17 by Give me caffeine
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Hmm. I once read a description that said "a little twiggy and unimpressive at times".

I now know what that means.

What it means is that the damned thing will randomly defoliate sometimes, even though it's not diseased. The result is definitely twiggy and unimpressive.

I'm waiting to see how well it bounces back. It had better bounce if it wants to survive.

Update: It's July now, and bouncing has happened.
Discussion id : 94-624
most recent 29 AUG 16 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 29 AUG 16 by Margaret Furness
Evergreen in zone 9b.
Discussion id : 94-392
most recent 17 AUG 16 SHOW ALL
Initial post 13 AUG 16 by Give me caffeine
I can see this rather unassuming rose could well end up being one of my favourites. I originally ordered it because it some sources said it was almost thornless, and because it had historical value.

The actual bush turns out to not be anywhere near thornless, at least so far. I'd call it lightly to moderately armed (the same applies to its sport, Archduke Charles). However, overall it's a far more appealing shrub than I'd banked on.

The flowers in photos #286361 and 286362, which I said were "looking distinctly ratty" a few hours later, are still hanging on the bush quite nicely and have been joined by others. On reflection, they're more "informal" than "ratty". Once you get used to the somewhat floppy look (nothing like a modern HT) they're still very enjoyable.

They do lose their scent quickly though. Fully opened, they have very little scent. There's also very little early in the morning. I've found that the best scent seems to be in the afternoon, when they have a bit of warmth to bring it out, and when the blooms are just opening. In those circumstances the scent is stronger and is very pleasant, with more rose to it on top of the basic fruity.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 17 AUG 16 by Andrew from Dolton
For me the fragrance is strongest at about 5 o'clock on a sunny day as afternoon tempers toward evening time. It has a scent a little like a deciduous Azalea, very distinct from European roses.
I grow my plant in a large pot against a warm wall it is just starting its third flush of the season, out-flowering many modern hybrids and doing very well in my cold wet climate. A pity it is not more often grown or seen for sale.
Discussion id : 4-273
most recent 2 JUL 16 SHOW ALL
Initial post 25 FEB 04 by Unregistered Guest
How far apart should I plant old blush roses?
What are the thorns like?
What shape do they grow in (bushy, tall, ect.ect.)?
Reply #1 of 2 posted 25 FEB 04 by Unregistered Guest
If you want a hedge, plant three feet apart. Old Blush grows to about 5 feet tall and nearly 5 feet wide as well with full foliage. It's almost completely thornless.
Reply #3 of 2 posted 2 JUL 16 by Give me caffeine
A bit late for a reply to this, but the young 'Old Blush' I have (sourced from Thomas for Roses) could not be described as "almost completely thornless". At this stage of its life it is moderately thorny.

The 1805 reference says "stem green, shining, and thorny towards the base". Since mine has only been in the ground for a bit under three weeks, the canes that are on it are the ones that were cut back before it was shipped*. Going from that, it looks like the 1805 reference is on the money.

*Current height around 450 mm (18").
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