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Initial post 10 JUN 16 by BroCad
This is year four for LEH in my garden. I have loved her from the beginning, even through an early scare with spider mites that took half of her in the first year before I knew what was happening. Since then she has not only recovered, but spread to around four feet in width and a height of around three feet. She gave me two new canes last year and another this spring. She is currently covered in buds, having opened only two flowers so far, which puts her as my latest of the returning roses. She vies with Munstead Wood as my most floriferous rose. Beautifully complex color range, intoxicating citrus fragrance, beautiful dainty, bronze new foliage, and little disease, usually confined to a bit of BS going into the fall. I understand some have had trouble wintering her in Northern Ohio, but I have her in a very sheltered spot where, with no special protection, she has come through two very fierce winters (those immediately preceeding this last very mild winter) with die-back to the snowline and a quick recovery. Outstanding rose in all respects.
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Reply #1 of 2 posted 1 JUN 17 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Is you LEH grafted, or is it own-root, thanks for any info. I prefer own-root, but a few people reported its being weak as own-root for cold zone.
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Reply #2 of 2 posted 24 AUG by Lavenderlace
Mine are own-root but have continually bloomed through very high heat (over 110 F) for extended periods with daily watering in fast draining sandy soil. The size of the plant has stayed smaller than most Austins here in southern Z8, thankfully, with very nice foliage.
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Initial post 10 JUN 16 by BroCad
BC is in his fourth year with me, planted as bareroot from DA USA. After his first year struggling in near total shade, I moved him to a location where he is shaded in the morning and gets several hours of late afternoon sun. Not ideal, I know, but he has flourished. This year I put him on a six foot pillar and wound the canes around as best I could. The first flush has been magnificent, with flowers finally up to the height of my bedroom window so I can see/smell the flowers from across the room. His buds and flowers are beautiful at every stage, and they are the most substantial in my garden. His lemony, old rose fragrance is very strong, reliably present, and my favorite in the garden. Almost no disease. Occasional late-season BS. No defoliation in four years. The last week has seen the emergence of two new basals, which I plan to wrap around the pillar as soon as they seem ready for it. Before last year, he was ungenerous in bloom and slow to repeat. Last year he was much more generous in the first flush, but still slow and sporadic to repeat. This year the first flush has been amazing. I'll report back on whether the repeat will have improved or not. I am very glad to have him in my garden.
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Initial post 10 JUN 16 by BroCad
My BB is in his 4th season. Last year his first flush was very good, but his repeat was a bit slow and sporadic. He is gloriously colored, vigorous, and healthy. The flowers last long on the shrub. Great sweet fruity fragrance, but soft with little citrus to it. This year I tried pegging the longer canes to stakes placed around the perimeter. The result has been spectacular! I would estimate around 150 buds for the first flush, which appears to be about half-way on. I am eager to see what the repeat will be like in the pegging situation, and I am a bit unsure of how I will summer prune the pegged canes. If anyone has experience with pruning a pegged rose after the first flush, I would appreciate any suggestions.
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Initial post 10 JUN 16 by BroCad
I have four speciments of MW, ranging from 4 years to 2 years. They are magnificent! All are currently covered with buds/blooms, long-lasting, gorgeously colored and fragrant, good for cutting. Not one of these four bushes has dissapointed me. The foliage, which they keep to the ground, is generally healthy and attractive. Unlike others, I have not had mildew problems. I do sometimes get a bit of bs very late in the summer going into fall, but they do not defoliate. It is at present my most floriferous rose.
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