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'Norma Major' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 122-998
most recent 19 AUG 20 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 19 AUG 20 by Dianne's Southwest Idaho Rose Garden
This is a gorgeous rose. Mine has a strong, sweet scent, and I am the first to admit that I don't smell as well as I would like to. I am sad that this rose is not widely available.
Discussion id : 90-768
most recent 7 FEB 16 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 7 FEB 16 by Patricia Routley
Responding further to Ray (member Mondo) on 'Norma Major'.
Thanks for that Ray. I actually have the 1998 issues of the English The Rose and have flicked through them all. I was unable to pick up any mention and so for the moment, it is a mystery as to who bred the rose. There is a nursery R. V. Roger in North Yorkshire on the internet saying they thought they have the only stocks of 'Norma Major' but unfortunately no internet address. Anything further you can find out about 'Norma Major' would be most acceptable.
Discussion id : 46-998
most recent 23 JUL 10 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 22 JUL 10 by John Moody
I planted my Norma Major rose five years ago starting out as a budded maiden from Steve Singer at Wisconsin Roses.
It took a couple of years to establish, but now that it has, it is a wonderful garden rose for me. The bush is quite healthy and seems to handle very nasty winters with ease. IT is quick to attain a height of about 5'-6' tall in the Spring and starts blooming right away. Most flushes have 30+ blooms and they are very sturdy lasting two weeks or more while still maintaining a very nice exhibition form. They are lightly fragrant and make a wonderful cut flower. The description of Norma Major states this rose blooms in flushes, but quite frankly I think it is a continuous bloomer. Once it starts blooming in the Spring it will have at least 6 or 8 blooms on it all the time. And during flushes, it may have as many as 40 or 50 flowers on the mature bush. My bush has gotten so large now that it has to be moved out of the regular bed and planted all alone because it encroaches on its' neighbors, hiding them from view. All in all this rose makes quite a stunning pink display rose for the garden that is second to none.
My one criticism of this rose is that the foliage could be more dense. It can look a bit skimpy of leaves when it is fully grown. The spacing of the stems is the problem. The stems need to be a bit closer together to give it a fuller look, but this is really nit-picking to be honest.
Other than that one very slight drawback Norma Major makes a very nice garden display since the blooms are so beautiful and plentiful and the foliage does stay quite healthy. It never shows any signs of blackspot or mildew since I have had mine this past 5 years. I do spray my roses regularly.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 23 JUL 10 by HMF Admin
Your sharing of your experience and expertise is greatly appreciated.
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