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'Vanessa Bell' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 154-250
most recent 2 DEC HIDE POSTS
Initial post 2 DEC by jac123
I suspect that there is some vertical blackspot resistance in Vanessa Bell, as it is spotless for many growers and quite susceptible for others, regardless of humidity and heat.

I may partially agree on the single flower not being breathtaking, the average deep cup, but the colour is really unique. White on the outside, yellow on the inside. The scent is quite strong, not especially refined, myrrh and citrus.

The main thing I have to say about Vanessa Bell is that I had never seen a second year own root plant having 120 flowers in its second flush without deadheading.

Its growth and foliage are quite interesting as well, very light and airy, but it needs to be staked after heavy rains
Reply #1 of 1 posted 2 DEC by Nastarana
White/yellow bicolor is indeed unique. How does VB look in its' last stages? Does it turn pink or fade to white throughout?
Discussion id : 133-847
most recent 23 JUL 22 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 23 JUL 22 by Kathy Strong
Blooms are much smaller than most yellow Austin's.
Discussion id : 122-847
most recent 6 AUG 20 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 6 AUG 20 by Marlorena
After 3 seasons, the height and width of this rose in August of the 3rd year is 4.5 feet x 4.5 feet.. with pruning back to 3 x 3 feet in winter, and light pruning after the first flush... [as grown in southern England]

The width shown as 30'' in the description I would say is for the first year only...
Reply #1 of 1 posted 6 AUG 20 by Patricia Routley
Thanks Marlorena. We’ve changed the width to that suggested by David Austin Roses: 3 feet.
Discussion id : 117-989
most recent 12 AUG 19 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 12 AUG 19 by Marlorena
..well... I like it... but it needs a lot of water... I can't imagine growing this rose in a hot dry garden without a watering system in place...

edit Nov 4 2019
..sorry to disagree with those below but I am finding this rose to be an Austin 'gem'... even the scent is intriguing and full of interest, without knowing exactly how to describe it...
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