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most recent 5 APR SHOW ALL
Initial post 19 MAR 13 by goncmg
The colors in this rose are just so attractive---here in Columbus, OH 6a it tends to be a warm, earthy pink with somewhat deeper reverse and some orange shadings. The color is not unlike Tournament of Roses or Duet which are, for better or worse, far stronger varieties in my opinion. Oh, I DO like Catalina! I also tend to have a soft heart for roses bred between 1950 and 1980. Which is WHY I like Catalina---to me it just doesn't read like a "modern" rose. The color can be similar to Helen Traubel, not off Tiffany, close to Duet (all 1950-60ish), and moreover, the stems and canes tend to be thin-to-wirey (remind me of Gay Princess, 1967), the blooms could use a few more petals (think of those gorgeous HT's from the 30's with intense, unique colors but always so limp in the bloom). And finally, it blackspots horribly even with moderate spray here in Ohio's hot/wet summers. A novice grower might be unimpressed/discouraged by this one---Tournament of Roses or Duet would be much better for a newer grower...........
Reply #1 of 2 posted 22 MAR 13 by CarolynB
Very helpful and interesting comments -- thanks!
Reply #2 of 2 posted 5 APR by Matt's Northwest Florida Garden
I ordered this from J&P this year, hope it does well!
most recent 29 DEC SHOW ALL
Initial post 3 OCT 08 by CarolynB
Roses Unlimited just told me they stopped selling Bonnie Rosalie this season, due to lack of demand. Does anyone know of another source still selling it?
Reply #1 of 3 posted 3 OCT 08 by Robert Neil Rippetoe
Not at this time. If you contact me directly I can try to propagate it for you if interested. Thanks, Robert
Reply #2 of 3 posted 29 DEC by viscount89
Are you still propagating this rose?
Reply #3 of 3 posted 29 DEC by Robert Neil Rippetoe
I sent cuttings to some folks in WA state recently. It's cut back for the Winter again now however.
most recent 22 OCT SHOW ALL
Initial post 15 APR 12 by Linda1989
I have had this rose for at least 6 years. It was one of the original regular roses I purchased as I used to be strictly into minis. It has been growing in a partially shady area (shade tolerant) with very little care. I am not on a strict fertilizing schedule and Honey Bouquet just carries on as a very healthy rose regardless. Very pest resistant (aphids and earwigs seem to ignore). Honey Bouquet can be surrounded by other plants suffering from rust and blackspot and for whatever reason, she is impervious. Blooms are generous in a brightly delicious butter with more of a golden honey centre. Foliage is thick and nice dark green. Fragrance is strong and delightful. Makes an excellent cut rose, easily lasting a week or more. It is BY FAR one of my all-time favourites. (One of Zary's best, I think).
Reply #1 of 3 posted 11 SEP 14 by Ranger6
liked your review so much that I just ordered one from roses unlimited own root. thank you for your excelledt description of why you like the honey bouquet. it sure convinced me, and I needed the help.
Reply #2 of 3 posted 11 SEP 14 by CarolynB
Thank you for your review of Honey Bouquet. It's very helpful to hear of people's experiences with a particular rose. This one is going on the "wish list". I don't know where I'd put it at this time, but we'll see...
Reply #3 of 3 posted 22 OCT by Plazbo
Got it this year and it just had it's first bloom today so may be a bit premature but it does seem the BS resistance is pretty high here as it's around quite a lot of it and unaffected (so far anyway).

maybe I spoke too soon...while it's not blackspot the plant is showing some sort of leaf disease now, possibly downy or anthracnose....something causing irregular browny green splotches.

on a tangent it's flower buds are very fuzzy/glandular, feels a bit like felt but isn't visible.
most recent 6 AUG SHOW ALL
Initial post 2 MAR 11 by CarolynB
HelpMeFind says this rose has a green apple fragrance, but Heirloom Roses says it has a lemon fragrance. Which is true?

I'd also like to hear more of people's experiences with this rose's disease resistance, bloom frequency, and heat tolerance.
Reply #1 of 8 posted 5 MAR 12 by rd8005
I have had Praire Star one season. It was an own root plant planted in May of 2011. So far it has exhibited good growth, little blackspot, and blooms on a frequent bases. Plant growth is strong for first year planting. Very pleased with abundance of fragrance, compared to other rose. Fragrance is apple/green apple, strong when first opened, but fragrance fades longer the flower is on the bush.
Reply #2 of 8 posted 5 MAR 12 by CarolynB
Thank you for your reply. What climate zone are you in?

I'm curious: Does this rose actually smell like green apples to you, or like something else? In my experience, roses that supposedly have a "green apple" fragrance don't actually smell like green apples to me.
Reply #3 of 8 posted 3 JUL 16 by Jukka K
To my nose Prairie Star (or the rose I obtained from a German nursery as Prairie Star) has myrrh scent. According to lineage info this one doesn't have Austin's Yeoman in it's lineage, so either I have the wrong rose or my nose lies to me.
Reply #4 of 8 posted 3 JUL 16 by Rupert, Kim L.
I think that depends upon the nose smelling it, as well as the age of the bloom and under what conditions. In 9b, mid California desert and to my nose, it impressed me as having almost a ripe grapefruit rind scent.
Reply #5 of 8 posted 3 JUL 16 by Jukka K
You are sure right, Kim. Just out of curiosity, how does Austin's Jude the Obscure smell to your nose? Because to mIne THAT is exactly grapefruit rind. :)
Reply #6 of 8 posted 3 JUL 16 by Rupert, Kim L.
Thanks, Jukka. I've not smelled Jude and don't have easy access to one. Austins require far too much water to perform, so I have none.
Reply #7 of 8 posted 5 AUG by Toni Hall
Ahhh...lovely Jude the Obscure...lemon + myrrh....very rich smelling. I love it.
Reply #8 of 8 posted 6 AUG by Margaret Furness
I don't pick up any myrrh scent in JTO; otherwise I wouldn't grow it. I don't know Prairie Star.
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