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Rose photo courtesy of John In Belmont
The photo of this small china was taken during its 2nd year, in my old garden in North Alabama. No red rose is as sweet and innocent.
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Goldstern rose photo
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Rose photo courtesy of John In Belmont
Goldstern is the climbing rose on the left side of the arbor. It's size and lightened colors is due to the climate (North Alabama in May.) This rose grew to 12' in two years, but only two basal canes, with no basal breaks after that. It flushed twice a year (May and October) w/ rare buds in between. Not a great rose for the southern USA.
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Mrs. Doreen Pike rose photo
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Rose photo courtesy of John In Belmont
I only grew this rose for one year, before circumstances forced me to move out-of-state (out-of-Alabama.) On its own roots, it quickly grew to a 4' x4' bush. Its medium pink bloom are very old fashioned in appearance (what would you expect from Mr. Austin!) I kept the bush deadheaded to encourage rebloom and was not disappointed. As with all rugosas, it was left off of the spraying schedule for blackspot and such. I imagine, it would make an amazing lower hedge; if planted 18" on center in the southern USA.
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Goldstern rose photo
Rose photo courtesy of John In Belmont
These are several of the buds on a Goldstern bought the previous year from Roses Unlimited.
Magnifica rose photo
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Rose photo courtesy of John In Belmont
This rose performed well throughout the summer in north Alabama. (Only the japanese beetles loved it more than me!) Its mature size was 7' x 7' reached in less than 3 years. Produces large amounts of brightly colored hips.
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Carefree Beauty rose photo
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Rose photo courtesy of John In Belmont
We called this rose Princess Granny (after my mother) until we discovered its true name. It was originallly rescued from a roadside gutter during an October rainstorm. This is bush is a two year old cutting of the original (It grew to 8' x 8' in northern Alabama.)
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Joan Fontaine rose photo
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Rose photo courtesy of John In Belmont
Joan Fountaine is a great old fashioned style rose for the southeastern USA. It rarely has blackspot and loves to bloom during the heat of summer (it must have some tea rose in its background.) It's main drawback is the nodding nature of its stems (also a nod to the tea rose.) A large heavy bud/bloom that needs a thicker stem than it develops. I'd grow it again.
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