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'Wollerton Old Hall' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 138-977
most recent 18 FEB 23 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 17 FEB 23 by lilbeastpdx (Portland, Oregon)
Why is the height listed at only 5' and width at 3'? This is a strong climber, and the David Austin website itself lists it at 12'!
Reply #1 of 2 posted 18 FEB 23 by jedmar
The information was based on the patent application by David Austin, which describes this rose as a 5' tall shrub. Apparently it surprised them with more vigorous growth. We have modified the description.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 18 FEB 23 by Lee H.
This is at least the second time a newly introduced Austin rose has wildly exceeded the original size estimate (the other is Graham Thomas, which was stated as 3~4 feet back in the 80’s). I wonder if it was deliberate?
Discussion id : 112-699
most recent 24 AUG 18 SHOW ALL
Initial post 20 AUG 18 by Lavenderlace
Incredibly vigorous here, always blooming. But can anybody comment on the scent? Is the first year scent pretty much how you expect it to stay, other than getting stronger as it matures? Or is the medicinal fragrance just part of the maturing process? I see that WOH has great reviews for fragrance so trying to decide if it's just not my cup of tea or if I'm being too impatient!
Reply #1 of 4 posted 23 AUG 18 by Marlorena
I didn't notice any change when I had it, that's how it is... I didn't find it medicinal, but I don't think we do so much over here, you don't hear it said.... I liked the scent on this and others similar like 'Gentle Hermione'.. very honey like scent.. it was its lanky growth that I found difficult to control and I just wasn't in love with it..
Reply #2 of 4 posted 23 AUG 18 by Lavenderlace
Thanks Marlorena for your thoughts! Mine are covered in blooms and exploding out of their pots so I feel guilty for not loving the fragrance.
Reply #3 of 4 posted 24 AUG 18 by Marlorena
I hope you get to like it in time.. it's not for everyone and I wouldn't want a garden full of this type of scent that's for sure... it's certainly different... getting the plant to stand up is another matter... best of luck...
Reply #4 of 4 posted 24 AUG 18 by Lavenderlace
Thank you!
Discussion id : 105-675
most recent 6 JUN 18 SHOW ALL
Initial post 21 SEP 17 by mamabotanica
Any advice for a zone 10 gardener? I have two one year old budded Wollerton bushes in the front and they are sending out long octopus arms. I wonder if I used a 7 ft trellis or obelisk if they would quickly overwhelm it or if it makes sense to tame them with something structural? Do I need one per rose or could I combine both of them on one structure? Or am I foolish in expecting that anything will tame a rose that wants to grow long tall canes that flop over neighboring plants?
Reply #1 of 8 posted 21 SEP 17 by Andrew from Dolton
If you pegged these long shoots down would they flower all the way along their length?
Reply #2 of 8 posted 21 SEP 17 by mamabotanica
That would be lovely! Hoping someone with experience will weigh in
Reply #3 of 8 posted 21 SEP 17 by Margaret Furness
Pegging down doesn't work well in my zone 9b climate (South Australia) unless you mulch very heavily underneath, because the grass/weeds keep growing all winter. We generally go for the espalier / training on a trellis option. I haven't tried an obelisk so can't comment on that.
Reply #4 of 8 posted 6 JUN 18 by Lavenderlace
How did it work out for you Mamabotanica? I'm thinking of using this rose as a climber in my climate also. Mine are too young to have much in the thorn department, but I noticed that Heirloom described WOF as nearly thorn-free. Can anybody confirm this? Thanks!
Reply #5 of 8 posted 6 JUN 18 by mamabotanica
Hi, the mow and blow guys took it upon themselves to prune one of the roses so I'm waiting for that to grow back to train it on an obelisk. The other was my first attempt to attach a rose to a support and it didn't fare well (bent my two main canes and snapped another one off :(. The new growth on the rose is looking green and beautiful. I think it will work and I'm glad it seems to have forgiven me my learning curve.
Reply #6 of 8 posted 6 JUN 18 by Lavenderlace
Thanks for the update, sounds like it will be beautiful! Did you happen to notice what the thorns were like?
Reply #7 of 8 posted 6 JUN 18 by Patricia Routley
Have a look at the Patent Lavenderlace. There is a small paragraph near the end on the thorns.
Reply #8 of 8 posted 6 JUN 18 by Lavenderlace
Thanks Patricia, that was incredibly helpful! I've never looked at the patents before but there is so much info on them! For anybody following this thread, the answer is that WOH is indeed low on thorns.
Discussion id : 86-449
most recent 8 JUL 15 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 8 JUL 15 by Anita silicon valley
Does anyone else have a problem getting this to grow? In our mild climate ( San Francisco area ) it doesn't do much at all.
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