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'St. Cecilia ®' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 123-764
most recent 7 NOV HIDE POSTS
Initial post 7 NOV by Viviane SCHUSSELE
Entre 176 et 223, Cécile de Rome dite Sainte Cécile, patronne des musiciens
Discussion id : 82-601
most recent 13 SEP SHOW ALL
Initial post 20 JAN 15 by moriah
I started this one as a band and was in shade for several years and did fine; but couple of years ago, moved it to a sunny spot facing east and it has really excelled with both with vigor and blooms. It's one of my favorites and has wonderful smell.
Reply #1 of 4 posted 9 JUN 17 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
I bought St. Cecilia as own-root and it died in my zone 5a winter in heavy clay, I suspect St. Cecilia prefers loamy/sandy soil, and its roots can't handle my gluey & wet clay.

Thanks for any help, it's good to know what type of soil (clay, loam, sandy) is best for which own-root. The pH doesn't matter, since I have acidic rain pH 4.5, as well as alkaline tap water at pH 9 (I can easily fix my tap water with acid-fertilizer).
Reply #4 of 4 posted 13 SEP by Desert Viking
I am trying to locate a nursery that carries St. Cecilia and you mentioned that you had purchased one. Please give me more info on nursery, etc.
Reply #2 of 4 posted 9 JUN 17 by Nastarana
It is has grown back every year for me in upstate NY, also zone 5a, but does not grow very big, and rarely blooms.
Reply #3 of 4 posted 10 JUN 17 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
I dug the soil around St. Cecilia. I over-compensated .. it was stingy in a wet-potting soil, so I made my clay really fluffy with pine-bark, and it got too acidic.
Discussion id : 91-711
most recent 26 MAR 16 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 25 MAR 16 by Rosenursery Belle Epoque
The size of this rose is mentioned by David Austin 3 ft x 2.5 ft.

• Saint Cecilia
• St. Cecelia
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Average rating: EXCELLENT-.
Light pink Shrub.
Registration name: AUSmit
Exhibition name: St. Cecelia
Bred by David C. H. Austin (United Kingdom, 1987).
Shrub. English Rose Collection.
Light pink. Strong, myrrh fragrance. Medium, cupped bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season.
Height of 3' to 6' (90 to 185 cm). Width of 30" to 3' (75 to 90 cm).
Reply #1 of 1 posted 26 MAR 16 by Patricia Routley
We've left the height of this rose at 3' to 6'. In Australia my 19 year old rose is over my head and I would guess it is about 6 feet.

(I have deleted the U.S. patent for 'St. Cecilia' as it lead to a strawberry plant.
United States Patent PP8,517
Marionnet December 28, 1993
Strawberry plant named "Mara Des Bois")
Discussion id : 26-991
most recent 5 JUL 11 SHOW ALL
Initial post 1 JUN 08 by R. Sauder
Eastern Ontario, zone 4b
Healthy, extremely fragrant, repeats in flushes, gorgeous blooms and probably the most winter hardy English Rose. Cane hardy to the tips with temperatures to -30C for several winters now, can compete with Ag Canada roses for hardiness in my experience. One of Mr. Austin's best cold climate roses. A winner.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 5 JUL 11 by anonymous-427487
It is fully susceptible to blackspot here in Appalachia z. 6b. I've seen mildew as well.

Very beautiful flowers with arresting fragrance, on long stems and good for cutting. Excellent shrub habit, upright and slightly vase-shaped with no rogue canes, strong repeat bloom.
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