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'Constance Spry' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 119-232
most recent 27 NOV HIDE POSTS
Initial post 27 NOV by Srdjan Gavrilovic
Either not diploid or mistake in pedigree.
Both parents are suppose to be 4n.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 27 NOV by Palustris
I've always wondered if the real parent was 'Belle Amour'. I grew the two plants next to each other for a while and noticed the flower shape and color is similar and the unusual fragrance (cold cream) is the same.
Discussion id : 70-804
most recent 23 MAR 19 SHOW ALL
Initial post 2 APR 13 by Jay-Jay
From the Bedside Book of Roses by Keith Money an ode to the rose Constance Spry:
Reply #1 of 5 posted 22 MAR 19 by Patricia Routley
I just re-read this Jay-Jay. It is simply wonderful.
Reply #2 of 5 posted 22 MAR 19 by Andrew from Dolton
"About as touching as a clutch of dish mops" -- perfect description!
Reply #3 of 5 posted 22 MAR 19 by Jay-Jay
Patricia, You proposed to me... to read that book.
Reply #4 of 5 posted 23 MAR 19 by Patricia Routley
Yes. I propose to everyone..... to read The Bedside Book of Roses.
Reply #5 of 5 posted 23 MAR 19 by Jay-Jay
Discussion id : 85-595
most recent 27 MAR 17 SHOW ALL
Initial post 2 JUN 15 by Leene
I planted this rose as a band last July. This year it has tripled in size and produced about 20 buds which will probably open as soon as it stops raining! Constance Spry appears to be very hardy and vigorous in my Zone 6b CT garden. It survived a very harsh winter that killed my Zone 6 roses with little to no dieback. I have it planted against a fence and behind its parent, Belle Isis and they seem to be performing the same.

I was concerned that it might not bloom at all in its first spring, but it's actually blooming heavily. I wonder if its Gallica heritage means it needs a cold winter to perform?
Reply #1 of 6 posted 2 JUN 15 by Robert Neil Rippetoe
"I wonder if its Gallica heritage means it needs a cold winter to perform?"

I had 'Constance Spry' here in my tropical low desert garden for several years.

The plant was huge, but it never produced a blossom.
Reply #2 of 6 posted 3 JUN 15 by Leene
That's too bad! It is interesting, though...mine has been in the ground for less than a year and for its first blooming season it produced 22 buds on a 3 1/2 foot plant. We had a very harsh winter with subzero daytime temperatures for at least a month, which is supposedly not typical in CT but has been happening more often over the past few years.

I had been wondering because I've heard that certain Gallicas like Charles de Mills will not bloom at all unless they get a good winter chill. Since Constance Spry is half-Gallica I suppose it makes sense.

Sorry to hear Constance Spry didn't work for you! I'm technically Zone 6b but unless I want to lose plants I have to pick roses that are at least hardy to Zone 5, preferably Zone 4.
Reply #3 of 6 posted 26 MAR 17 by oakslesly
I live in SoCal-- Ventura County, inland from the coast. Constance Spry has been on my arch for fifteen years and has produced maybe five roses. The other side of the arch has Eden and it looks great. Do I cut Constance Spry down to six inches next January, or yank it? I am zone 9.
Reply #4 of 6 posted 27 MAR 17 by Robert Neil Rippetoe
She won't bloom on new wood. I'd yank it.
Reply #5 of 6 posted 27 MAR 17 by oakslesly
Is this normal for a Constance Spry in Southern California? Any suggestions for a rose to replace it? I have Eden on the other side of the arch. I did slip a Viking Queen in next to the Constance Spry so as to get at least some blossoms. Not a lot of success with that after two years. What about Climbing Pinkie?
Reply #6 of 6 posted 27 MAR 17 by Robert Neil Rippetoe
Cl. Pinkie gives a glorious Spring flush but poor repeat.

'Renae' is a better choice in my opinion. Fragrant, repeats well and mostly smooth, and EASY to train.

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Discussion id : 1-950
most recent 26 MAR 17 SHOW ALL
Initial post 25 FEB 04 by Anonymous-1486
I have a Constance Spry which has never bloomed. It is over two years old. Does this have to mature beflore flowering or am I doing something wrong? It is growing very nicely over my fence and has lots of leaves but I am getting impatient. I want flowers!
Reply #1 of 2 posted 25 FEB 04 by Unregistered Guest
Constance Spry only blooms once a year which means it blooms on old wood instead of new wood. Do not prune the plant till after it flowers... even then, if you don't know how to prune a climber you risk loosing some of next year's blooms. On top of that, it's a climber; climbers usually spend the first several years building biomass instead of blooming. Give the plant more time. It's an added benefit to train the canes horizontally to encourage more blooms, otherwise, if allowed to shoot upwards, you will only get blooms on the very tips of the canes instead of the whole length of it. If after five years it still doesn't bloom, shovel prune it... either it doesn't like your climate or you're better off growing something less finicky. By the way, DO NOT prune it like a regular Hybrid Tea, i.e. cutting all the canes down to one foot every autumn, that is a sure recipe for failure.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 26 MAR 17 by oakslesly
Just heard Dan Bifano speak and he said if a rose isn't blooming, try cutting it down to about six-eight inches in January and see what the new growth produces. If if doesn't improve, shovel prune and replace. He said he doesn't spray for any diseases and he only plants disease free roses. He's replaced quite a few of his favorites from the past with newer disease free roses that resemble the old but diseased favorite. His gardens are organic.

On that note, please be aware the dogs are enticed by organic fertilizers and will roll in the fertilizer as well as eat it. Our dog did both and we had a large vet bill for x-rays and monitoring. Had to use mineral oil with each meal and she finally passed it. Vet said dogs are not interested in non-organic fertilizers made of chemicals. BTW, dogs love to eat the cocoa mulch so beware.
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