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'Isabella Skinner' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 82-368
most recent 10 JAN 15 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 8 JAN 15 by Auntie_S
Can anyone tell me how Isabella Skinner (Victorian Memory) performs in a hot climate. I understand it is very cold hardy, but I have the opposite problem in my hot inland valley garden in northern California. I would like to know if it continues to bloom in warm weather, and if blooms crisp and turn brown in higher temps. Thanks to anyone who can help!
Reply #1 of 2 posted 9 JAN 15 by Patricia Routley
Probably Kim Rupert may be able to help here. But read the comments and references for a little more information.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 10 JAN 15 by Auntie_S
Thank you! Kim is always a generous and helpful resource for rose information.
Discussion id : 45-789
most recent 12 JUN 10 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 12 JUN 10 by Torachan
Victorian Memory grows very well in the Rocky Mountain gardens of Denver. My roses are 5 years old, are about 7 feet high, and bloom abundantly with lovely scented in less than 4 hours of sunlight. This is a very vigorous rose as it is competing with an adjacent blue spruce as well.
I would recommend this rose for virtually any location.
Reply #2 of 1 posted 12 JUN 10 by HMF Admin
Thanks for sharing your experience.
Discussion id : 40-624
most recent 27 MAY 10 SHOW ALL
Initial post 19 NOV 09 by Unregistered Guest
Is this a lax climber that could be trained along a low fence (3' high), or is it too upright to be used that way?
Reply #1 of 1 posted 27 MAY 10 by Cavallo
This will be mine's first full summer. So far my experience is that the canes are certainly lithe enough, but it'll constantly be trying to shoot past 3 feet. It's lush and dense, and you'll likely be doing a lot of chopping to keep it down. I'll know more definitively by the end of the summer.

Update, June 2011: Mine has grown to monstrous proportions. It's easily ten feet tall, and has engulfed a large portion of a tall, wooden fence. Trying to keep this thing short would be impossible.
Discussion id : 38-075
most recent 18 JUL 09 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 18 JUL 09 by Margit Schowalter
"I believe however that my greatest contribution to the cause of getting better hardy roses was the directing of attention to the value of the true Rosa laxa as a parent, some of my hybrids of it are of fairly good quality and continue to flower from the end of June untill frost. One of these which I have called Isabella Skinner is in bloom now and last year I photographed flowers on it in October, it is fully double, comes in clusters of four or five and has good foliage and the colour is a good clear pink."

Personal correspondence from Frank L. Skinner to Percy Wright July 2, 1964
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