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Discussion id : 98-614
most recent 20 APR 17 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 19 APR 17 by Andrew from Dolton
19/4/17. The first rose of summer!
Reply #1 of 4 posted 19 APR 17 by sutekesh
That is lovely Andrew - wish my season started so early!
Reply #2 of 4 posted 19 APR 17 by Andrew from Dolton
We had a mild winter and a warm spell of weather, the roses will be out early this year. 'Hume's Blush', 'Agnes' and 'Madame Alfred Carriere' will be opening soon. But... we could easily still have snow so I won't be in a hurry to plant out my geraniums and runner beans just yet!
Reply #3 of 4 posted 20 APR 17 by sutekesh
We have had rather a warm spring so far but temperatures have taken a dive this week. We had snow yesterday with heavy frost here this morning!! I covered quite a few of my smaller seedlings but the new growth on the majority of the roses has probably copped it!!!! (like last year) Definitely too early for broad beans and geraniums but thumbs crossed for next week???
Reply #4 of 4 posted 20 APR 17 by Andrew from Dolton
A few years ago we had a -3 frost on 23rd of May, it completely wiped out all my vegetables and all new growths on most of my shrubs..
Discussion id : 96-197
most recent 10 APR 17 SHOW ALL
Initial post 5 DEC 16 by Andrew from Dolton
29/11/16 -4 degrees, 30/11/16 -4 degrees, 1/12/16 -6 degrees, 2/12/16 -7 degrees but still 'Old Blush' goes on and on.
Reply #1 of 6 posted 9 APR 17 by thebig-bear
What aspect is this growing in please, and is it growing against a wall, as it appears?
Reply #2 of 6 posted 9 APR 17 by Andrew from Dolton
It is growing in a pot against a south facing wall. My garden is at the bottom of a valley and suffers cold nights all year round, I think it would struggle in the open although the closely related 'Pompom de Paris' does quite well away from the house climbing through a Deutzia.
I must say that I can only smell the scent in the afternoon on a warm day but my sense of smell is not over keen. I can only detect the mildest fragrance from Rosa arvensis despite the description saying that it has a strong fragrance.
Reply #3 of 6 posted 9 APR 17 by thebig-bear
Thanks for the info - I have an Old Blush growing happily in a sheltered but shaded spot, and I have another new one which I want to position differently to see what it is like when grown in a sunny spot. May well give a south facing wall a go! How big is yours? (if you pardon the expression!) Does the pot help keep the size in check do you think?
Reply #4 of 6 posted 9 APR 17 by Andrew from Dolton
It is just over 1 metre high and about the same wide but it was only planted last year and already has put on 30 cm of growth this season. At a garden I once worked at they grew 'Climbing Old Blush' on a west facing wall. It grew three metres wide and two metres tall and was in flower constantly from May to November. The flowers nodding forwards in a very charming way.
Reply #5 of 6 posted 10 APR 17 by thebig-bear
Many thanks once again, that sounds very promising.
Reply #6 of 6 posted 10 APR 17 by Andrew from Dolton
Well, it performed very well last year, so that inspired me to try 'Sanguinea', 'Hume's Blush', 'Slater's Crimson', 'Viridiflora' and 'Archduc Charles'. If you wanted to grow a miniature version of 'Old Blush' then chinensis 'Minima' is very easy and flowers in only three months from seed.
Discussion id : 98-247
most recent 29 MAR 17 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 29 MAR 17 by Give me caffeine
Updated information:

Hmm. I once read a description that said "a little twiggy and unimpressive at times".

I now know what that means.

What it means is that the damned thing will randomly defoliate sometimes, even though it's not diseased. The result is definitely twiggy and unimpressive.

I'm waiting to see how well it bounces back. It had better bounce if it wants to survive.

Update: It's July now, and bouncing has happened.
Discussion id : 94-624
most recent 29 AUG 16 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 29 AUG 16 by Margaret Furness
Evergreen in zone 9b.
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