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'Distant Drums' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 94-651
most recent 30 AUG 16 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 30 AUG 16 by drossb1986
I see from the reviews that there's been some differences of opinion on it. I haven't picked up on any scent. The plant is a strong grower and has a nice, rounded habit. The flushes are strong and despite the "washed out" color, it shows up well in the garden. I have only had the slightest touch of blackspot on DD even though it's planted next to Melody Parfumee' which has had multiple, severe blackspot outbreaks. DD does set very large hips quickly. Overall, it's a good rose and I prefer it over Koko Loko, it's brown/lavender floribunda cousin.

November 2016 Update: I take back what I said about the scent. It's almost the bush as established itself, the scent has gotten stronger. That said, I'm not a fan of its scent. I can't describe it, but I don't find it to be very pleasant. But in all reality, this is a stellar plant. It's a love-it or hate-it color, but a great rose. I'd say this is a must have in the garden.
Discussion id : 89-403
most recent 22 NOV 15 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 22 NOV 15 by Michael Garhart
I was doing my winter pruning on this rose today, and I decided I should review it for others.

Well, I have had this rose for over a decade. It just blooms w/ low upkeep. Always fragrant. Color is usually pastel tan and orchid, fading to a pastel tanned blush pink. About 4 cycles per growing season. It is not extremely immune to disease, and the prickles are large, but it is not an issue. It always looks good.

The one thing is that I would not really call it a shrub, or even a floribunda. It grows upward to 5-6'. The clusters are wide, and the blooms are 3-5" each here. I would call it a grandiflora. The first 2 years are slow, and the growth intervals are short, but it grows out of this.

Everyone loves this rose, and it is not garish. It is unusual.

It must be pruned after blooming, as it sets hips quickly.
Discussion id : 84-007
most recent 1 APR 15 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 1 APR 15 by LonRob
Hello all. We have two Distant Drums. One is in the ground, and has been planted for over two years. It is grafted, and has grown to about 4' tall and nearly as wide. This spring, the first flush has over fifty blooms, all magnificent and so deliciously scented! Our second bush is planted in a 20 gallon pot, and is doing quite well. It is about two feet tall and has about 12 buds ready to bloom. Love this rose, and its wonderfully different and distinct scent.
Discussion id : 83-760
most recent 17 MAR 15 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 17 MAR 15 by Dinglehopp3r
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