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Initial post 1 AUG by ratdogheads
Available from - Old Sheep Meadows Nursery
90 Federal Street Alfred, Maine 04002-3129
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Initial post 1 AUG by ratdogheads
Available from - Old Sheep Meadows Nursery
90 Federal Street Alfred, Maine 04002-3129
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most recent 25 APR SHOW ALL
 
Initial post 11 AUG 13 by ratdogheads
I don't grow About Face so can't rate it's cold hardiness but would like to note that I've seen it at Uncanoonuc Mountain display garden in Goffstown NH, which is zone 5B, probably a bit colder since it's atop a mountain. The plants are robust and healthy, over 5' tall. They're blooming profusely in early August, and blossoms looking fine a day after a heavy rainstorm.
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Reply #1 of 1 posted 25 APR by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Thank you for the hardiness.
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most recent 30 JUN 19 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 30 JUN 19 by ratdogheads
I've grown Christian J in my zone 5b New Hampshire garden for three years. It's planted in full sun in acidic loamy soil. There was not much growth in the first two years, this spring it was about 2' tall. There was some tip die back over each winter but the crown and main structure of the shrub was ok. It has recently produced a basal cane that's growing quickly and is much taller than the rest of the bush.

The blooms are less plentiful than Darlow's Enigma, and they don't cluster as prettily. The petals suffer from sun damage, and don't drop. Overall the plant has a disheveled look. I think it might do better in the shade. It suffers from blackspot despite regular treatment with propiconazle, however I find that young, frail, low-growing roses are the most vulnerable to blackspot and sometime outgrow that susceptibility.
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