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Initial post 9 DEC 09 by John Moody
First year bush was very impressive. The bush has moderate green foliage that is of excellent size compared to the blooms and it stays clean of blackspot and powdery mildew so far. It grew rather vigorously to about 4 1/2' tall and had plenty of canes to produce lots of blooms on.
The blooms start off as very elegant buds and slowly open to good high centered form of a wonderful medium apricot color that holds well and doesn't fade as the bloom ages. The blooms are good sized and have good substance to the petal so they hold well on the bush or when cut. The fragrance is fruity and light but very definitely there and pleasing to the senses.
I think this rose will make a fine garden rose for it's ease of care and disease resistance as well of it's vigorous growth and amount of bloom and speed of rebloom. The form and holding power will also make it enticing to the exhibitor as well. It should hold it's own on the head table with some of the best exhibition HT's out there today.
I highly recommend this to any rosarian as they will enjoy it immensely.
John
UPDATE 9/2010--I need to add a comment or two about this rose. It made it through a very cold and nasty winter here in 2009/2010 and broke dormancy quite early and easily in Spring 2010. The nice wet Spring brought on lots of very beautiful large apricot blooms that were quite stunning. However, in June the temperatures turned unseasonably warm and July and July, August, and beginning of September were blistering hot with little rain and high humidity. This rose and many others really suffered through the heat. It almost completely defoliated and completely stopped blooming because of the heat even though I continued to keep my roses watered with my drip irrigation systems that I have installed on all my rose beds. We finally had a break from the heat and some much needed rain and the bush immediately started re-foliating quickly and putting on new flowers that were smallish at first but seem to be gaining in size and petal density. SO, I would have to say this rose is definitely not heat tolerant and wouldn't recommend it to rosarians who live where very hot and dry summers are the norm. I think they would be very disappointed with the performance during those very hot and dry months. Just my opinion from my experiences.....
ANOTHER UPDATE 10/22/2010----Just to let all know, the bus has really rebounded quickly since the Fall season weather has cooled and we have had some much needed rain. The bush has really added foliage that is very beautiful and the blooms are coming back by the dozens and they are once again stunning and the repeat is super quick so I am getting lots of them. The form and color are beautiful and they are quite large. The foliage on the bottom of the bush is still quite thin so it has "bare knees" but from 1/2 way up it looks pretty normal and the medium green foliage is very healthy and shiny of good size and so far shows no blackspot or powdery mildew.
Still, I just don't think this rose would be a very good rose for the deep south, southwest areas like Arizona and California, and the hot southeastern states as well. I don't think the heat agrees with this bush at all. The damp wet weather we had for an entire week had all positive effects on the rose. The blooms had no trouble opening with no balling or bullnossing at all and no fungal disease.
I hope this helps other rosarians when deciding whether or not to purchase this rose for their part of the country.
John
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Reply #1 of 4 posted 22 JUN 10 by evie
How does it compare to Sunset celebration?
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Reply #2 of 4 posted 17 FEB 15 by Michael Garhart
From my personal experience, Sunset Celebration is cleaner, more compact, more recurrent, and better well-behaved as a plant. Over the Moon is gorgeous, but its a huge rose on a fat plant. If you are going for something in that size range, one may as well go for Marilyn Monroe and count the thorns as an acceptable fault. Which reminds me, Sunset Celebration has a touch of salmon tone to it, whereas OtM and MM generally do not.
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Reply #3 of 4 posted 3 days ago by mamabotanica
How "fat" is this rose? I want to place it in a narrow-ish bed. The other roses i plan for that bed are listed at 3 ft wide. I can't find any measure of how wide this one grows.
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Reply #4 of 4 posted 3 days ago by Michael Garhart
Like Ingrid Bergman, Elle, and similar in width, but slightly taller.

The patent says 58cm at width, but my experience is much wider than that. They describe a more linear plant, but it was much wider than 2' when I grew it here in the Pac. NW.

This was from Weeks Roses, so it was grafted.
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most recent 20 NOV HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 20 NOV by mamabotanica
What size does this get? Susan from Grace Rose Farm (and another rose enterprise whose name I can't recall) answered my email to say 4-5 x 4-5.
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most recent 28 OCT SHOW ALL
 
Initial post 24 OCT by mamabotanica
Any idea of size on this one? Grace Rose Farm has been propagating them for sale and I'm trying to decide if I have space. Would be growing in hot dry Southern California zone 10. Thanks!
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Reply #1 of 4 posted 26 OCT by Susu's garden
Hi. I’m Susan, the Curator of The Nursery. Stephen Rulo is quite vigorous and will likely be happiest pruned to 4-5 feet. Both high and wide.
Please email us any questions you may have. We are happy to help! Susan
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Reply #2 of 4 posted 27 OCT by mamabotanica
Will do! What email is best? I also want to know if there will be minimums as I'd like 2 Julias rose and 2 stephen r and if I can only get one of those I will need to redesign a bit.
Thanks,
Joan
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Reply #3 of 4 posted 28 OCT by Susu's garden
Wonderful. There is a quantity limit of 3 per variety so you are good to go! Susan
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Reply #4 of 4 posted 28 OCT by Susu's garden
Susanlyell@icloud.com
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most recent 11 SEP SHOW ALL
 
Initial post 5 APR 11 by Ophelia Payne
Kinda disappointed. Great color .NO FRAGRANCE
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Reply #1 of 3 posted 23 APR 13 by timdufelmeier
Extremely fragrant in Los Angeles.
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Reply #2 of 3 posted 11 SEP by mamabotanica
How big does it get? I know that sometimes the description isn't accurate for So Cal and this one doesn't have any width info listed. I've got two on order but no clear idea how big it's going to get (oops). Those flowers though! I just had to have it :)
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Reply #3 of 3 posted 11 SEP by timdufelmeier
Mine is like a medium sized HT
About 4' by 3.5 "
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