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'Dorothy Perkins' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 94-120
most recent 10 JUL SHOW ALL
Initial post 27 JUL 16 by pkalisz
Charles Quest-Rison. Climbing Roses of the World, p.135. "It is ironic that the most successful seedling of 'Turner's Crimson Rambler' should have been brought into this world with a false declaration of parentage. Jackson & Perkins described 'Dorothy Perkins' as a seedling or Rosa wichurana crossed by the pink Hybrid Perpetual ' Mme Gabrielle Luizet', but the similarity to 'Turner's Crimson Rambler' was noted immediately. There was lively correspondence in many horticultural journals (especially in France) which pointed out that crosses between R. wichurana and Hybrid Perpetuals had produced very different roses with much larger flowers and concluded that the similarity of 'Dorothy Perkins' to 'Turner's Crimson Rambler' was more than a coincidence... It is best to think of 'Dorothy Perkins' as the pink counterpart of 'Turner's Crimson Rambler'."
Reply #1 of 14 posted 27 JUL 16 by Patricia Routley
I think Mr Quest-Ritson might be right. But it is interesting to note how the glandular pedicel, matt leaf and upright growth of 'Turner's Crimson Rambler' was subdued by R. Wichuraiana to produce a smooth pedicel*, glossy leaf and sarmentose growth in 'Dorothy Perkins'. Many thanks for adding this most interesting reference pkalisz.

(*i am sure 'Dorothy Perkins' has a smooth pedicel, but it is the wrong season for me to go and double check.)
Reply #2 of 14 posted 7 JUL by Palustris
"Hairy" pedicels are a characteristic I use to rule out DP when trying to identify a small pink rambler.
Reply #3 of 14 posted 7 JUL by Andrew from Dolton
'Excelsa' is smooth as well. 'Turner's Crimson' has surprisingly small bristles but it is covered with them.
Reply #4 of 14 posted 8 JUL by Patricia Routley
Thanks to you both. I have added "smooth pedicels" to the main page for both 'Dorothy Perkins' and 'Excelsa'.
Reply #5 of 14 posted 8 JUL by Andrew from Dolton
And 'The Fairy' needs a shave.
Reply #6 of 14 posted 8 JUL by pkalisz
I have two rambler roses that I propagated from bushes gowing at abandoned house sites here in central Kentucky. Both of these have bristles/glands on the pedicels (hard to see in the pictures). These roses are similar but differ in gross appearance, flower color and phenology. I always suspected that the second photo is DP. However, it is possible that both or neither is DP. They may also be wild DP hybrids. (I also posted the photos with my comment of 26 July 16)
Reply #7 of 14 posted 8 JUL by Palustris
Neither looks like DP to me. The first is too dark a color to be DP and too pink to be 'Excelsa'. The second looks like the flower is too large but about the correct color. Both are very nice roses and once they are more mature might be easier to identify. A great find!
Reply #8 of 14 posted 9 JUL by Margaret Furness
It might be worth looking at "Hawthorndene tennis court south rambler"for the first one, but I can't see how pale the petal reverses are. See the comparison scan of leaves of DP and "Hawthorndene".
Reply #9 of 14 posted 9 JUL by Patricia Routley
Nope. Not the same My Jan 2009 comment for "Hawthorndene Tennis Court South Rambler" says it has smooth pedicels.
Reply #10 of 14 posted 10 JUL by Andrew from Dolton
The rose being grown in the U.K. as 'Dorothy Perkins'. The receptacles and pedicels are smooth.
Reply #11 of 14 posted 10 JUL by Andrew from Dolton
'Excelsa', the plant on the left is from a plant 10 years old whilst the one on the right was found in a long abandoned garden. Most flowers have white streaks in their petals, the receptacles and pedicels are smooth.
Reply #12 of 14 posted 10 JUL by Andrew from Dolton
The rose I am growing as 'Crimson Shower'. The receptacles and pedicels have bristles and flowers at least a week later than Perkins.
Reply #13 of 14 posted 10 JUL by Andrew from Dolton
A found rose with smooth receptacles and pedicles.
Reply #14 of 14 posted 10 JUL by Andrew from Dolton
All four together, 'Dorothy Perkins', 'Excelsa', 'Crimson Shower', foundling rose.
Discussion id : 112-009
most recent 7 JUL HIDE POSTS
Initial post 6 JUL by Patricia Routley
Responding to Palustrus comment in a 'Debutante' photo thread:
"Several ways to ID the correct 'Dorothy Perkins' are
3. DP frequently sports back and forth with 'White Dorothy'."

I have plants of presumed to be 'Dorothy Perkins', collected from four different local sites in 1996. In 22 years, I have never seen these plants with anything other than its normal pink.

However, I do have one more foundling called "Curnow's Dorothy" (from a very different area) which does come whitish now and then. It is not very pretty and is planted so far out that it gets no water at all. In season, I might add photos of these various ramblers all with one bloom of 'American Pillar' for colour comparison.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 7 JUL by Margaret Furness
Including "Hawthorndene" might be worthwhile, too.
I collected "Curnow's Dorothy" because it looked striped, but it didn't stripe at Renmark. Now dead. If it isn't pretty, I don't think you need feel obliged to keep it: the Dorothy family are so unstable.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 7 JUL by Patricia Routley
I don't feel obliged to keep it. And I feel less obliged to go and mattock it out. After the Wich threads lately, It will provide much interest for me to observe this rose and I may even lug a bucket of water to it this coming summer.
Discussion id : 86-183
most recent 25 JUN 15 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 23 JUN 15 by Sambolingo
I have found this rose growing in numerous locations around Rock Island, TN, most often by roadsides and occasionally in old gardens. All the plants found had leaves with some mildew.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 25 JUN 15 by Palustris
I have found this rose growing all over NY and NE. It is frequently in some place man has abandoned and growing on its own in large patches, or climbing an old tree, or through a thicket. It doesn't always have mildew, but is no stranger to it. Air circulation helps. Sometimes you will find it sporting back and forth with 'White Dorothy'. One marker for DP to help distinguish it from other pink climbers is that the new shoots are frequently "bronze" colored.
Discussion id : 44-959
most recent 21 MAY 10 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 19 MAY 10 by soul60s
I believe I have this in my yard climbing over an arbor. It has never had a rebloom. I think this is a one time bloomer.
Reply #1 of 5 posted 19 MAY 10 by Cass
Yes, it blooms only once in most climates; however, here near the Northern California coast, where summers can be cold and foggy, many ramblers will have have some scattered blooms after the spring flush.
Reply #2 of 5 posted 19 MAY 10 by soul60s
I wish it would here in RI. This is my best growing rose. I have hacked this thing down in the past, tried to pull it out of the ground and it still grew. I have since embraced the fact that it is never leaving my yard, trained it up an arbor, and now it is (when in bloom) a showstopper. I hate that it is a once bloomer though. Too pretty for just once.
Reply #3 of 5 posted 21 MAY 10 by Jeff Britt
And in coastal areas of Northern California, it can be easily indentified even when not in flower by all the powdery mildew on the current season's growth. I've never seen any rose more susceptible to p.m. than Dorothy Perkins.
Reply #4 of 5 posted 21 MAY 10 by soul60s
It does get powdery mildew. That is it though. No blackspot or rust. I spray my bushes for diseases and insects a couple of times throughout their growing season. I've gone from using a 2 gallon sprayer to using a 15 gallon sprayer, in a wagon, with a lawnmower-battery-operated pump. It's so much better. No more pumping!

I just wish it would have another flush... or even a few blooms here and there. But after June...nothing. Very disappointing.
Reply #5 of 5 posted 21 MAY 10 by Cass
See Super Dorothy.
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