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'Gardenia' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 39-683
most recent 11 OCT 09 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 11 OCT 09 by Patricia Routley
Thank you so much Jedmar for your pictures of ‘Gardenia’. I certainly did appreciate them. I grow the same ‘Gardenia’ (provenance Zephyr Brook 7-17, 1999) but I have struggled over it for years because there was such confusion in the literature. I had actually thought it may be ‘Fernand Tanne’ but am now happy to reinstate the name of ‘Gardenia’. There is confusion in Australia and New Zealand with a semi-double rose - which looks like Alister Clark’s ‘Milkmaid’. However, the lookalike sets no hips, or very few, and Alister Clark’s “sets quantities of [orange] seed pods in winter.” This rose, Manda’s ‘Gardenia’ set plum or purple hips for me in the first few years, but I have not particularly noticed hips recently.

I find it interesting that Jersey Beauty and Gardenia had the same parents, breeder and birth date: (same seed pod?) ‘Jersey Beauty’ for me sets round red hips and Manda’s ‘Gardenia’ once set purple hips. There is no evidence this morning of ‘Gardenia’s' hips. (And by the way, a spring garden which has just been rained on and viewed in early morning with dressing gown hoicked up around the legs, is an especially beautiful thing.) There is an early reference which refers to ‘Gardenia’ “incurving towards evening to perfect imitation of [ the] Gardenia” and I look forward to this year’s flowering to observe.
Discussion id : 10-579
most recent 29 NOV 05 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 29 NOV 05 by Unregistered Guest
I have two of these. They're gorgeous, but allow enough room! Mine are every inch of 20 feet (or more) where I allow them to grow along a fence. Thick, rampant grower in Zone 8b.

Big creamy yellow blooms with good fragrance, scattered through the foliage. Might have more blooms if I didn't keep half of it thinned and cut back to about 8 feet.

Attractive when not in bloom. Leaves are dark, glossy green. New leaves and canes reddish.

Keeping it trimmed back requires pruners, not scissors. New canes, which seem to grow several feet a week, can be bigger around than my thumb.

Gets blackspot. This is a thorny rose, so be careful where you plant it. Canes will root where they touch the ground.

In my opinion a nice rose for making a privacy screen on a strong fence, or let it climb a tree. Plant it where it can cover something - a dairy barn or a convention hall, lol.
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