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Heirloom 1st time success in bloom. I planted in Nov 2017, Today 8/28/2018 first bloom. Bulb was red, and the 1st day I thought it must be Okahoma red rose. I found out it only fragrant when there is direct sun. After the sun comes down, there is no fragrant. I transplant it to the square pot. with rabbit mutrual.
Dream Come True
change to bigger pot. 2 new cutting 's new root should be dying soon. add rabbit muture.
"What's in a name?
That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet;..."
That which we call a rose by any other word would look as pretty? No, not every rose is beautiful some are just hideous.
Rosa chinensis 'Viridiflora' is a curio without any petals at all. Its sepals have multiplied, increasing to form rosettes but without nectaries or sexual parts it will forever be scentless and barren. I first saw this plant grown in the long thin beds adjacent to the glasshouses many years ago when I was a student along with half-hardies like Amicia, Erythrina and Musa 'Dwarf Cavendish'. Grown with these awkward exotics it blended in, not looking out of place among this unusual otherworldliness and just a pane of glass away from all kinds of outrageous tropical beauties. But it in itself certainly isn't beautiful. Green flowers always grab my attention, at the time I was fascinated by the phyllodic forms of Anemone nemorosa and Primula vulgaris 'Viridiflora'. As I qualified and moved on from the R.H.S. I kept the memory of the green China rose mulling around inside my head but I never worked anywhere where I had an excuse to plant it. The gardens of my employers always had beauty over curiosity policies and I was unable to indulge any fantasies. Now with my own garden and interest in China roses, 'Viridiflora' was one of the first I grew. Here in North Devon with a far colder climate, especially in summer, it lacks its exotic posses to hide amongst, in my garden it just looks plain odd and occupies a space and my time that could be filled by something far more aesthetically pleasing. It needs pointing out to visitors too whose quest for colour and scent ignore it and even then needs explaining to bemused expressions as to why I spend any resources to accommodate this plant.
Never reaching swan status, another very ugly duckling is 'Mousseux du Japon'. I adore the resinous scent from moss roses and their bristly buds and stems. But with this Japanese rose it is covered with the thickest moss overwhelming any attractiveness it might poses and the moss isn't even very scented. If you want a dark moss rose then grow 'William Lobb' or 'Nuits de Young' which I suspect might share some breeding. Too much of a good thing.
Another horror is Rosa multiflora var. watsoniana. Lured by a description in a book and an interest in dwarf sports I acquired this rose before I had heard of HMF and ordered it without seeing a picture first. Probably caused by a virus most of its leaves are reduced to thread-like ribbons, it looks like a careless gardener has wafted glyphosate over it, the flowers too are deformed and almost colourless. Again I resent my time and money spent on giving this rose a place in my garden. Rather a weakling it needs growing in a pot and cosseting with some protection in winter as it is also a martyr to die-back. Rosa multiflora has a myriad of forms and varieties, some very pretty dwarf perpetual sports all far superior to watsoniana.
Even being a selected form of Rosa sericea f. pteracantha, 'Redwings' does not improve the qualities of this rose. Some or most of the prickles are an exaggerated elongated and flattened shape. There are descriptions waxing lyrical about the translucent mid-summer light refracting through the raspberry coloured prickles. But all too soon these dry out becoming pale brownish-grey and giving the bush an appearance of an aggressive stegosaurus. Far too unpretty and weird to be grown in the vicinity of other roses and in my garden very prone to die back too. Rosa sericea has another oddity making it different and alternative, it only has four petals in some of its forms. Unfortunately 'Redwings' isn't one of them allowing it even less endearment and interest. Two years ago I was given a Rosa sericea seedling grown from seed collected in the Himalayas which has elegant ferny leaves, dainty twigs and tiny little pointy prickles. It makes a pleasing aesthetically acceptable shrub and hopefully when it flowers for the first time this spring will only have four petals.
In a tribe of plants that have such beauty why do I choose such deformed freakish misfits? What could be next, Rosa wichuraiana 'Variegata'?...
© AndrewtheGardener 28/8/18.
Jean Marion wrote: "Out of all of my Austins, the only one I can put in a vase and have it not fall apart is William Shakespeare 2000. Wonderful smell and all around good plant.
My other Austins (Abraham Darby, Lichfield Angel, Lilian Austin, Molineux, Prospero) smell nice but fall apart quickly once in the house.
I have several roses that I cut to bring in because they last a long time in the vase, but most of them have no fragrance. I find if I can put in 1 or 2 with fragrance then it doesn't matter if the other ones have fragrance or not.
I actually rarely cut roses to bring inside. My garden is basically for the purpose of having the house exterior look nice. So I generally pick roses that are highly floriferous and don't grow too tall.
I only have 11 hybrid teas, try to stick with the ones that don't grow too tall and have long lasting blooms. Of those the only ones I would consider bringing inside are: (Chicago Peace, Fragrant Cloud, Gina Lollobrigida, Ingrid Bergman, Neptune, and Yves Piaget).
My fragrant ones I would consider bringing inside: (Rose de Rescht, America, Belinda's Dream, Cotillion, Shocking Blue), however they don't last as long as say (Tournament of Roses or Lavaglut), both of which have no fragrance but last forever in the vase." Jean
Keep track of good scents mentioned in HMF: Royal sunset smells like carnation, same with James Galway. Ambridge rose has a nice myrrh scent (Tea Clipper has a nice myrrh). A Shropshire Lad (smells good as the bloom ages). Lordly Oberon (old Austin that smells very good).
Secret (mentioned by Dave & Deb Boyd). Apricot Drift has a good scent. (smelled that from the neighbor's). Spartan is a very fragrant floribunda (good for cut-blooms) & Sheila's perfume. Parade day. Diamond Days. Simply Marvelous. Columbia Climbing (thornless). Gemini. Aloha climber & Autumn Sunset (fruity). Kiss me (hardy to zone 5), Heaven on Earth, Zaide (nice form-flower), Sweet Chariot (wafting from a distance), Coral Dawn (climber). Moonstone.