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'Crocus Rose' Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 87-339
most recent 1 MAY 17 SHOW ALL
Initial post 15 AUG 15 by johnm99
I planted about 40 new Austin roses this year, with a group of 3 Crocus planted together among them. The growth is certainly robust, with canes up to 6 ft (2 m) - but somewhat lax, requiring support. Fragrance is minimal, blooms medium-small and really not that floriferous. Later to flower than many others. Since I have limited space, my tolerance for less than perfect plants is low, and I think I may donate these away in the fall. I do recall seeing these at Austin's in Albrighton being rather more floriferous, and quite large - but I don't remember them being staked up - and I am more interested in fragrance, so I may substitute something more fragrant.
Reply #1 of 3 posted 15 AUG 15 by Charles Quest-Ritson
Be patient. 'Crocus Rose' is one of the bushiest of Austin's roses. Two years hence you will have medium-large flowers all over a well-balanced shrub that needs no support. It is good repeater and never without one or two flowers. As for the scent… that's a personal perception, but I would give it 6 out of 10.
Reply #2 of 3 posted 15 AUG 15 by johnm99
Thanks for the reply. I do recall it looking as you described at Albrighton. Fragrance does vary during the day, and over time, but for me, I would say more 3 or 4 out of 10. Jude the Obscue, Young Lycidas and many others have the level of fragrance I am looking for.

I should add that I have desires that exceed my space! I have had larger gardens, with 450 bushes in the past, and am considerably restricted in space. I have thought that if a rose I have planted isn't quite what I want, I might as well put in something else - I have thought of donating the bushes I don't want to keep as bare root specimens to a local rose society maybe as an auction or something - of my roughly 100 roses I have now, I will likely replace 10% with something else this year. Of course you are right that some varieties need time to show their best.

One peculiar thing I have noticed - my yellow shades are all definitely a paler shade of yellow than I expected, paler than they were in England and Germany. ? missing nutrient? iron? not really sure. They get regular watering with soluble rose fertilizer all season, are in raised beds with 80% compost/20% sand as soil.

In the past I used to just by more and more - now I have to remove some to buy new ones!
Reply #3 of 3 posted 1 MAY 17 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
I once read on Garden Guide site that magnesium helps with deeper YELLOW color. True, my alkaline clay was tested exceedingly high in magnesium, and Carding Mill is always orange (rather than pink for others), and Versigny is orange (rather than pinkish for others). Magnesium suppress phosphorus (phosphorus shifts bloom to the red zone), so the yellow stays pure.
Discussion id : 65-112
most recent 26 FEB 14 SHOW ALL
Initial post 16 JUN 12 by Danda
A reliable garden rose that produces regular flushes of creamy blooms with variable apricot/yellowy centres that fade with time. The scent is moderate and pleasant and the blooms moderately sized and full of petals... Cupped at first becoming more open with time. The blooms can and do nod on the bush, especially after a rain... They last only an average time... A few days, but this is a rose generous with bloom, so rarely without flowers.
The bush is vigorous and self-supporting though it is semi-lax and can spread to cover a decently sized area whilst also gaining decent height vertically. You can choose to support it or allow it to "go wild" in a generous space, which is how I find it most beautiful.
The blooms are produced at the ends of the canes and some canes can be bent down towards the ground under the weight of the trusses.
It stands up well to the elements well and the blooms do not ball in my experience, which is a must for my UK garden in wet, cool springs.
The foliage is plentiful and quite healthy with only mild blackspot on occasion that never becomes problematic in my no-spray garden. The shrubs tend to simply ignore it without losing its looks or vigour.
Overall, I am quite pleased with my specimens.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 26 FEB 14 by kysusan
Dandra, thanks for your review. Can you, or anyone else, tell me if Crocus Rose sets hips?
Discussion id : 50-303
most recent 14 MAY 12 SHOW ALL
Initial post 3 DEC 10 by kona
Coastal Z8B...Grafted: this thing is a monster!!! Almost disease-free, always with some blooms, very, very tall & bushy but despite whacking it WAY back to 1ft in spring, and to 2ft twice this summer this thing is now staked at 7ft, 4-5 wide/arching with no signs of stopping! Only blooms at the tips of canes. Give it space if you garden in the heat.
Own root: poor performance for me--poor vigor and lots of blackspot.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 30 JAN 12 by Tomartyr
That's an interesting experience you had with this rose. I've just seen two large group plantings of the variety today in the Anderson Rose Garden, Timaru, NZ (the rose is known in NZ as 'City of Timaru'), and all of the plants would have been less than 1 metre in height, with quite a bushy habit.
I like the delicate, lemony colour of the newly opened blooms which then seem to age to pure white. I uploaded two photos today which illustrate this.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 14 MAY 12 by mtspace
Mine is also on Dr Huey rootstock. It's growing in poor soil a few feet from where Nicole - after three years - is not yet one foot high. Crocus Rose, by contrast is about six feet in every direction. I find it blooms over much of the length of the canes which is good because it is almost unbranched in my garden. It arrived from DA three years ago with perhaps eight canes. And it's made maybe two more. Mine is nearly evergreen in Zone 7b. Here, where the RH hovers around 20% for much of the summer, not a hint of any fungal disease. Have not pruned it yet. Maybe next spring.
Discussion id : 23-608
most recent 20 JAN 08 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 19 JAN 08 by BRUNOV
In french version of Austin catalogue (2007-2008) Crocus == Emanuel
Same name in a danish on line catalogue :
"Emanuel (Crocus Rose)
Type Austin rose Højde 100 cm
Farve Hvid - cremehvid Duft Middel/stærk
100-125 cm. høj.
Lys abrikos, som senere falmer til cremefarvet.
Stor rosetformet blomst med dejlig te-rose duft .
Blomstrer fra juni til sent på efteråret.
Anvendes i bede, solitært og til afskæring.
Hed tidligere 'Crocus Rose'.
Forædlet af David Austin Roses"

So, Crocus rose aka Emanuel ?
Reply #1 of 1 posted 20 JAN 08 by Cass
Yes! Modern Roses 12 shows EMANUEL as one of the synonyms of 'AUSquest.'

Now we have 'AUSuel' sold as EMANUEL® and 'AUSquest' sold as EMANUEL. What confusion!
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