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Discussion id : 104-612
most recent 16 AUG 17 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 16 AUG 17 by Margaret Furness
I think the description "Does not do well in warmer climates" must apply only to foggy / soggy ones. It is clean in my mediterranean climate (rain mainly in winter).
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Discussion id : 60-935
most recent 4 SEP 15 SHOW ALL
 
Initial post 15 JAN 12 by Patricia Routley
A rosarian friend has alerted me to the fact that the rose we all grow as ‘Mme. Berkeley’ may not be the original rose. Some of the early references say:

1903 huge shell-shaped petals, semi-double, and upright.
1906 erect habit
1910 good seed bearing kind
1922 (bloom) very large
None of those things apply to the rose I grow.

I believe we should separate this file into
pre 1970’s for the original ‘Mme. Berkeley’
post 1970s when Arthur Wyatt found and reintroduced his foundling - ‘Mme. Berkeley in commerce as.
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Reply #1 of 2 posted 2 SEP 15 by John Hook
Hello Pat
Just a note on my experience with this rose
Vigorous upright growth
Produces viable seed but not many (I started a couple of seedlings but they died)
Blooms can be large but normally average size
Never Semi-double
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Reply #2 of 2 posted 4 SEP 15 by Patricia Routley
Thanks John,
I am going to separate this file as mentioned in my initial comment, hopefully tomorrow.
If your seed at least sprouted, then it has to be a different rose to the "Mme. Berkeley in commerce as".
Would it help others to know the provenance of your rose?
Do you have any photos?
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Discussion id : 79-801
most recent 7 AUG 14 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 7 AUG 14 by leezen
100% disease free and healthy in my coastal So-Cal climate. Growth has been wider than tall; 4 ft. tall x 7 ft. wide after 2.5 years from a 6" band.
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Reply #1 of 1 posted 7 AUG 14 by Patricia Routley
After 13 years on R. fortuniana, mine is about that size too. I've increased the size - we had a width of two feet wide.
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Discussion id : 52-720
most recent 7 MAR 11 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 5 MAR 11 by peachiekean
Is this rose thornless?
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Reply #1 of 1 posted 7 MAR 11 by billy teabag
Mme Berkeley is not heavily armed but it has some prickles on most stems and quite a few on the backs of the leaves.
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