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'Life of the Party' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 117-849
most recent 27 MAY 21 SHOW ALL
Initial post 1 AUG 19 by johnm99
Two months later, I want to raise all of my previous ratings. First, fragrance - as powerful as a Damask - easily the most fragrant Floribunda I have grown in 35 years. The foliage is just perfect with no spray, and the repeat flowering is amazing - one of the most prolific Floribundas for repeat I have grown. This is destined to be an all time great rose, I think. Would make a great Standard (tree) as well.
Reply #1 of 5 posted 24 MAY 21 by anonymous_member
Hello. It seems you quite enjoy your LotP and I am wondering if you can describe this rose's disease resistance strength (BS, mildew or rust). I saw on Otto & Sons' nursery, this rose is rated as only 2/4 for Disease Resistance which might not be ideal for my humid spray-free 9b garden.
Thank you very much. - Bob
Reply #2 of 5 posted 24 MAY 21 by johnm99
I have had a few of these now - all healthy, two that became stressed after being dug up in the summer, and moved while we moved house. They got dried out and left in shade, and then got spider mites and some blackspot. The other ones have done very well. I have 5 now, still a favourite.
My climate is 9b very temperate winters but cool summers, not very humid (west coast of Canada).
Reply #3 of 5 posted 25 MAY 21 by anonymous_member
Thanks for the quick reply. I wouldn't blame the plant for spider mites and BS after a move. I moved 2 of my 3 year old Austin roses earlier this year and they almost died and are no longer flowering this season.
I am really glad to hear the rest of your roses are doing very well. Can I ask did you raise them from potted plant, own-root band or bareroot?
Thanks - Bob
Reply #4 of 5 posted 25 MAY 21 by johnm99
I bought them all potted, bud graft. I have 5 now, various ages, all doing well except the one that I mistreated.
I prefer bare root, if you can get them from a place that doesn't hack off the roots and leave 3 or 4 inches... and I prefer bare root in the fall, but this is not likely possible where I live anymore. Potted grafted plants are fine. Many HT and FB don't do well from cuttings of course..plants from cuttings can take a long time..
I did hear Tom Carruth on a podcast describing his work, and then explaining how he did Life of the Party (Huntington's 100th) - because of that, I looked into the story of the Huntington Gardens, and we had planned to fly down there last year to stay for a few days....but then came COVID..... one day I would like to go there. It would be great to meet him, too! He speaks really well, and is so knowledgeable...
Sounds like you are in a hotter and more humid place - that is quite a different environment, but I think this plant has done well in trials in a number of climates. The fragrance is worth it.
Reply #5 of 5 posted 27 MAY 21 by anonymous_member
I am a fan for the fragrant roses too, will get one this fall. The vaccination should help us recover from COVID and hope your trip can be put on schedule soon.
Discussion id : 126-858
most recent 4 APR 21 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 4 APR 21 by Matthew 0rwat
Fragrance is outstanding: A blend of myrrh, tea, and tropical fruit .
Discussion id : 118-626
most recent 7 OCT 19 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 7 OCT 19 by JoeyT
Available from - High Country Roses
Discussion id : 117-024
most recent 2 JUN 19 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 2 JUN 19 by johnm99
Only had it this spring. This is very floriferous, and extraordinarily fragrant. Really, exceptional fragrance - one of the most fragrant of any rose I have grown. Very pleasing form of blooms at all stages. Colours lighter in my garden (temperate cool climate) than I have seen in photos. Still, seems destined to be a winner.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 2 JUN 19 by kgs
I was attracted to it, but I hesitated with this rose because the first rating was so low. I'm pleased to see comments that it's a good performer. So important to get critical mass on these comments!
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