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'Souvenir de St. Anne's' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 128-190
most recent 19 JUN HIDE POSTS
Initial post 19 JUN by billy teabag
I spent some time with Souvenir de St Anne’s this week, giving it a trim and taking out the dead wood. It’s a well established bush that takes care of itself apart from summer watering and the occasional handful of fertiliser. We have hot, dry summers; mild, frost-free winters.
Noticed a small hip and cannot recall seeing a hip on this rose in the past. It is about 1cm in diameter and just beginning to show some colour.
Has anyone who grows Souvenir de St Anne’s found that their plants set hips?
Discussion id : 127-145
most recent 22 APR HIDE POSTS
Initial post 22 APR by Unregistered Guest
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Discussion id : 98-241
most recent 29 MAR 17 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 29 MAR 17 by Give me caffeine
Bush is generally healthy, and looks good when it feels like making leaves.
However I'm finding it can be a bit short on foliage at times, which is annoying.
Discussion id : 94-141
most recent 4 AUG 16 SHOW ALL
Initial post 29 JUL 16 by Give me caffeine
I've noticed recently that this rose seems to be a real magnet for aphids. None of the other roses are getting aphids. The little mongrels are all partying on SdSA. The bush itself is strong and happy, so I'm not too worried.

I was inclined to grumble about this aphid magnetism a bit, but then I realised it's actually a useful feature. I don't have to bother checking the rest of the bushes. if there are aphids around I know where to find them, and I can wallop them all in one go.

(I don't yet know if this will continue to work, but it's working well so far)
Reply #1 of 6 posted 29 JUL 16 by Patricia Routley
I recently found at my local tip (refuse site) a central column once used as a table stand. It is quite pretty and with a large terracotta saucer placed on top, it forms a superb movable bird bath for aphid-eating birdies who can then take a bath, eat some dinner, and then sing their little hearts out for you.
Reply #2 of 6 posted 30 JUL 16 by Give me caffeine
Genius. :D Lotsa birdies around here. I keep seeing new ones I hadn't seen before. I'll encourage them to munch aphids.
Reply #3 of 6 posted 31 JUL 16 by Margaret Furness
I'm told you can get parasitic wasps (against aphids) posted to you. But they don't sing.
Reply #4 of 6 posted 31 JUL 16 by Give me caffeine
On the other hand, they don't crap on your roses and they won't fight with the rear view mirror on the ute (male blue wrens really are not very bright).

I've looked them up already. This is one source:

The lacewings at the top of the list are native to Australia, and apparently munch aphids like crazy. I'd thought about getting some but haven't got around to it yet.
Reply #5 of 6 posted 4 AUG 16 by Margaret Furness
A rose that doesn't appeal to aphids is the Tea sold in Aus as Papillon, which is probably Beaute Inconstante. It gets huge.
Reply #6 of 6 posted 4 AUG 16 by Give me caffeine
Oh good. I was looking for an excuse to get that one.

Edit: Anyway, aphids are now exploring the rest of the rose bed too. Adventurous little sods, they are.
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