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Initial post 20 FEB 18 by Mich, Fremont, CA
Available from - Heirloom Roses
https://www.heirloomroses.com/roses/new/purple-fragrancia.html?utm_campaign=82407_2%2F20%2F18%3A%20New%20Introduction-Purple%20F
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Reply #1 of 2 posted 22 FEB 18 by Lavenderlace
Heirloom's site calls this exceptionally fragrant while the HMF lists it as moderate. Does anybody know which one is accurate and also the size of the blooms? Thanks!
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Reply #2 of 2 posted 11 JUL by Lynn-in-TX
I would call it moderately fragrant.
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Initial post 20 FEB 18 by Mich, Fremont, CA
Available from - Heirloom Roses
https://www.heirloomroses.com/roses/new/purple-fragrancia.html?utm_campaign=82407_2%2F20%2F18%3A%20New%20Introduction-Purple%20F
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Initial post 20 FEB 18 by Mich, Fremont, CA
Hi,

It won't let me add info when I access your site via my phone ☹️

I wanted to add that Purple Fragrance is being sold own root by Heirloom Roses, https://www.heirloomroses.com/roses/new/purple-fragrancia.html?utm_campaign=82407_2%2F20%2F18%3A%20New%20Introduction-Purple%20Fragrancia&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dotmailer&State=California&City=Fremont&dm_i=4JCV,1RL3,1KD9I5,6QS6,1. Thanks, Mich aka michifur, just add fur
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Initial post 18 OCT 05 by Mich, Fremont, CA
I love this rose! I'm not sure why it's not better known?! Although listed as a floribunda, it has better form than most hybrid teas. Flowers are just a little smaller than a HT, with perfect pointy hybrid tea form that is full and holds its shape well, great for cutting. It has a lovely light-medium lavender color and a delicious lemon fragrance that's a Knock Out. It's a very healthy plant with shining leaves, may need a bit of protection in colder climes. I do spray weekly to every other week as needed. I grew it in MD & MA and am going to try it in Fremont, CA. My absolute favorite lavender rose if you could only have one!
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Reply #1 of 5 posted 21 JUL 09 by Lizzie's Garden
Hi Mitch,

I got this as an own-root about 2 years ago and it seems to be a slow starter and kind of spindly. Do you have yours in full sun? I am in Livermore and have it in 1/2 day sun. Any growing tips you have would be most appreciated.
Regards,

Lizzie
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Reply #2 of 5 posted 21 JUL 09 by Michifur
Hi Lizzie,

I should've updated my experience with Shocking Blue in Fremont, CA. Mine also gets 1/2 day sun facing southeast, but hasn't done as well as I'd hoped. It is not a strong grower and the flowers are disappointing. The color is more medium magenta than lavender, the form is more rounded with slightly ruffled edges, and the scent is NOT pure lemon and stingy at that, only slight to moderate. I suspect that it doesn't like the alkaline soil here, but Regan's Nursery told me that it's almost impossible to correct that unless done at the time of planting. I wish I had better news for you. But bare root roses do take up to 3+ years to really hit their stride, and I assume you are fertilizing regularly.
I've found that my favorite roses in MA/MD smell different here, and not for the better. They have more of an anise/black licorice undertone (like Yves Piaget), although on the plus side, the fruity roses which I don't care for, smell better/sweeter. Like the rose, Secret (white shaded pink at edges) which in MA/MD had a hint of fruitiness, here is pure sweet, and one of my top all time picks for Fremont, CA - ridiculously strong grower, disease resistant, moderately shiny leaves, beautiful form & great scent. I haven't found a lavender I like as much. Memorial Day comes closest, scent is lovely, but the pale lavender (a litttle too pale for my ideal) fades to almost blush pink/white as the flower opens. On the other hand, if you like bicolors, Sheila's Perfume (yellow-peach edged pink) is my other top pick for Fremont. Also ridiculously strong grower, shiny leaves, disease resistant, great hybrid tea-like form, flowers like crazy and scent to die for. If you had to fault it, you could say if the flowers had a few more petals, they would open a little slower and last longer, but with so many flower, who cares!
Hope that helps, take care, Mich (aka Michifur)
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Reply #3 of 5 posted 22 MAY 15 by Anita silicon valley
I live across the Bay from you and to correct the alkaline situation I fertilized once with liquid Miracid fertilizer, especially for some David Austin roses that weren't doing well and it really helped. I have soil that is naturally hardpan and even worse, the tap water ( which for us is from Hetchy mixed with ground water ) these days is alkaline and even foamy and slightly cloudy due to the drought. So I think we will have to watch the pH. Our local water is pH between seven and seven and a half and roses like pH six and a half. Needless to say, I keep praying for rain!
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Reply #4 of 5 posted 7 JUN 17 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5b
Thank you, Anita, for that tip. I also have rock-hard alkaline clay that clumps in a big chunk Does Mira-acid solution help with more blue color, rather than pinkish?
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Reply #5 of 5 posted 8 JUN 17 by Anita silicon valley
I can't say. I don't have a problem with roses being too pink or too blue. I know phosphate makes the colors more intense.
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