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'Geoff Hamilton' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 48-368
most recent 29 AUG 12 SHOW ALL
Initial post 22 SEP 10 bykona
I have 2 of these roses own root-one full sun, one 1/2 day sun. Here in Coastal Ga Z8B this rose does nothing but put out a couple 6-8ft+ canes with only an occasional flower at the very tips (when it's cooler). It would be much larger on rootstock. Poor heat and humidity tolorance. Blackspot is a big issue if not sprayed regularly, which I don't. 1/2 of the bush is naked knees and the other not well foliated. My Austins are healthy monsters here...quite disease resistant little-to-no-spray, but not this one for me. I am replacing them.
Reply #1 of 5 posted 27 AUG 12 byTammyY
Same issues here in East TN mountains. Always defoliates immediatly after producing leaves and doesn't bloom well. Mine is also ownroot and extremely slow grower.
Reply #2 of 5 posted 27 AUG 12 byHMF Admin
Great insight to share with the HMF community - thank you for making the time to contribute.
Reply #3 of 5 posted 28 AUG 12 byNastarana
In California, Central Valley it did not bloom at all, or rather, one or two flowers showed up just in time for the annual rose chafer infestation.
Reply #4 of 5 posted 28 AUG 12 byTammyY
Maybe its meant to only grow in England or in similar climates :( Such a shame that we all have had bad luck. It looks like the blooms are beautiful, given the right conditions.
Reply #5 of 5 posted 29 AUG 12 byNastarana
I am sure I wouldn't know. I never saw one. The chafer beetles devoured them before they even opened. Some roses went on to bloom again after the once annual beetle infestation. Some withheld bloom until after the infestation. Not Geoff.
Discussion id : 33-868
most recent 14 FEB 09 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 13 FEB 09 bywnddyer
I just wanted to tell of my experience with Geoff Hamilton. I bought it at Lowe's near the end of June about 3 years ago. They had some plants that were marked more than half price because they were practically dead. Geoff looked pretty bad, but I saw a picture of what it was supposed to look like and had to buy it.

Geoff Hamilton has been one of my best roses so far. The rose recovered beautifully and was blooming by the end of July. The only problem I have in zone 7 is blackspot, and as long as I spray, it's not a problem, but the other problem is the thrips love the light pink blooms. Still, the rose is breathtaking and one of my favorites, and the scent is a beautiful light scent. It blooms its head off from spring to frost.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 14 FEB 09 byHMF Admin
Thanks for sharing your experience.
Discussion id : 32-520
most recent 19 DEC 08 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 19 DEC 08 byJeff Britt
My shrub of Geoff Hamilton has been in the ground, thriving and blooming his fool head off for 6 years now. I had seen the plant when it was introduced at the Chelsea Flower Show, fell in love with the blooms and was eager to get a plant when it became available in the USA. I also wanted to replace Heritage, which I found to be competely unsatisfactory -- floppy stems, short lived flowers and stingy rebloom. Geoff Hamilton turned out to be everything Heritage was not, and more. The new growth is a rich plum purple and the plant is very vigorous. The first spring bloom is amazing -- the plant smothers itself in lovely pink flowers. The blooms, though full of petals, clean perfectly when they're done. Unlike other Austins with tons of petals, GH rarely balls during our damp summers. The rebloom is quick, new canes break conistently from the base and the leaves are untroubled by mildew and rust, and only show some signs of blackspot in September. Overall, it is very disease resistant. There isn't much scent to the blooms and they don't last well in the vase, but these are small matters when the bush performs so well and looks so lovely next to the delphiniums and campanula. This is one of my favorite Austins, along with Gertrude Jekyll, Eglantyne, Molineaux and Fair Bianca.

I think the Austins do well in coastal California, some very, very well. I sympathize with rose growers who struggle with mammoth Austins that simply won't bloom in the summer heat. These plants just don't like heat -- they grow weedy and refuse to bloom. Also, the heat washes out the flower color, making all these Austins look rather depressingly alike -- an old, faded pastel washcloth color. It's a shame, because with our 55 - 60 degree F night temperatures, the colors are as ravishing as the catalog promises. And the growth, in general, stays within bounds, and the reblooming is quick and thick. You just have to move here (West coastal strip of USA), Northern Europe or New Zealand and your Austins will be glorious.
Discussion id : 12-697
most recent 15 MAR 07 SHOW ALL
Initial post 18 JUN 06 by Unregistered Guest

I live in hot area She doesn`t  bloom but climbing... Why?  no flowers at all.

Reply #1 of 2 posted 22 OCT 06 by Nature Farmer
how old is she?
Reply #2 of 2 posted 15 MAR 07 by Anonymous-103349
I live in Z10 Southern California. Mine are blooming and it took about 1.5 years.
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