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'Orchid Romance ®' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 111-001
most recent 26 MAY 18 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 26 MAY 18 by JasonSims1984
I think people really understate the amount of lavender this rose can show, especially at the edge of the flower. It turns a very nice shade of gray violet in the sun, and it has a nice fresh rose scent to it. A good, sweet bourbon rose smell.
Discussion id : 93-908
most recent 10 NOV 16 SHOW ALL
Initial post 6 JUL 16 by BarbaraG SE Virginia
So sorry I can't post a full-length photo of this wonderful shrub. In its second year in the garden it is over 5 feet tall, maybe 3-1/2 wide and simply covered with bloom-- in its SECOND flush. Our five plants are in a tough corner spot with morning shade and intense tree root competition. Orchid Romance is everything a shrub rose should be, I feel like sending Mr. Radler a fan letter!
Reply #1 of 3 posted 9 NOV 16 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
How long does the bloom last on the bush, and in the vase? Will this fry in hot-sun? Thank you for any info.
Reply #2 of 3 posted 9 NOV 16 by BarbaraG SE Virginia
The individual blooms probably don't last long but there are so many of them it doesn't matter. Never thought to try it in a vase; stems tend to be short. The virtue of Orchid Romance is the great show she provides right thru the heat of summer; temps here hit the 90's in May and continue right on thru September (8a coastal Virginia, near NC line). Even more unusual for a workhorse shrub, the blooms are beautiful up close and fragrant!
Reply #3 of 3 posted 10 NOV 16 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Thank you !! The color looks nice, it's hard to find a deep pink that doesn't fade.
Discussion id : 77-935
most recent 9 NOV 16 SHOW ALL
Initial post 1 MAY 14 by kysusan
Heavenly strong fragrance. Has a round, puffball-type bloom. Clean, dark green foliage when a few others show a little powdery mildew. Very thorny, red new growth. The blossoms on my first year bush wilt quickly in the sun. We'll see if it improves next year or maybe it needs afternoon shade.


Second year is a big disappointment. Sad. I think maybe this one hates heat. After the first flush, OR shed 90 percent of leaves, not from disease but from what looks like drought in spite of good watering. Eighty other roses thrive with the same care. This was planted fully leafed out from a pot. This winter she'll be dug and replanted as a bare root rose, Needs improvement else OR gets the boot.

I'm open to suggestions.......
Reply #1 of 1 posted 9 NOV 16 by BarbaraG SE Virginia
Glad you're giving her a 2nd chance; this sounds like air pockets within the rootball or root damage. Sounds like a great strategy. I think too often a good rose gets the shovel in its first or 2nd year when it deserves a better trial.
Discussion id : 92-478
most recent 1 MAY 16 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 1 MAY 16 by BarbaraG SE Virginia
Added to the organic rose garden at the Virginia Zoo in 2015. Stately almost columnar form, well clad with beautfiul dark green foliage all the way to the ground. First flush of blooms distributed all over the plant and the purply-pink is eye-catching from a distance. So far, very impressive shrub.
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