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Seems to be a very slow starter. It's still tiny, after almost four years. Hard to believe it has a reputation for exceeding nine feet in height. Maybe it needs more care and feeding than it has been getting, but all the other Teas have been in the same soil with the same (occasional) feeding and they range from medium-sized up to monster.
Will try giving this one some extra attention and see what happens.
Edit: Margaret reckons there are two different 'Lady Roberts' lurking in Australian nurseries, and it looks like I got the tiddler. It's a very nice rose. It's just a nice rose on a small bush, which I suppose I not necessarily a bad thing.
After a bit less than four years in the ground, the bush is now around 2.1m/7' tall and about the same diameter. Robustly healthy, with almost no care taken at all. It has mostly been left to fend for itself. Currently flowering its head off in the middle of winter.
Re the gales mentioned several years ago: the bush got blown over on its side by a howling southerly while still quite young. It just lent on some of the northern canes and kept growing. I figured I might as well let it, since if I tried to force it to do anything else it might get worse damage from the next gale. This has turned out well. It has just kept on growing and more or less sorted itself out for form.
Cut all the dead wood out of it yesterday, including getting right under the canopy at ground level. It's quite an easy rose to work around providing you are careful. I was wearing a long-sleeved shirt, but no other protective gear. Came out of it with all limbs still attached and minimal loss of blood.
It will be interesting to see how this goes. It was a mix-up on the part of the nursery. I had ordered McGredy's 'Chanelle', and received 'Charisma' instead. I was quite surprised when the first bloom popped out.
Anyway, one of the reasons I chose Chanelle (apart from looks and scent) was its known resistance to blackspot. There are varying reports on Charisma's resistance to this disease, so growing it at my place will be a bit of an experiment. If it's badly susceptible to blackspot, I'll certainly find out. If it isn't, I'll find that out too.
Naturally, I'm hoping it does well. It's a nice looking rose, even if it's nothing like Chanelle. The scent is only mild in strength, but is pleasant nonetheless.
Update - June 28, 2020.
Survives well in this climate, with little care. Will get spotty and short of leaves at times, but always comes good by itself after a while.
Well, I had a 100% success rate with those cuttings: they all snuffed it.