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Discussion id : 126-033
most recent 28 FEB HIDE POSTS
Initial post 28 FEB by Sherrose 10a CA Hot and Dry Inland
Remember that this is the perspective of a person living in a place with lots of hot weather and dry air: I’ve had Golden Celebration for about 10 years now in Just morning sun. It has grown great with new canes every year. However, I hate it! The flowers open up from bud to fully open in one day and then the petals fall. I love to give rose bouquets to people but I can’t put it in bouquets because of the short vase life. It also has NO FRAGRANCE IN OUR HOT WEATHER (and by that I really mean all year)!!! And then to add on to that, it blooms 2 times a year. Yes, at these times it’s full of flowers but they blow out so quickly it’s ridiculous. So, this year I said that’s it. I didn’t have the guts to shovel prune it but I moved to a lesser place in the yard.
Discussion id : 110-672
most recent 20 FEB SHOW ALL
Initial post 11 MAY 18 by Dirk77
Hi guys,

I have a beautiful specimen of Golden Celebration in a pot and it's doing very well. My Question is ( for roses in pots in general): Should i add compost mixed with cow manure to fill up the pot? I've noticed that after two years the soil inside the pot is shrinking. Compost with cow manure was my first idea. What do you guys think?
Reply #1 of 6 posted 11 MAY 18 by HubertG
Hi Dirk77,
I grow a Lady Hillingdon successfully in a large pot and I have never repotted it in 20 years - it's just too big and heavy. I just top up the soil with compost and lucerne mulch each year. It works well and she seems to be very happy. I originally planted it with the graft below the soil so I'm sure it's on its own roots now. Your specimen is very beautiful, but I wonder if eventually you might need a larger pot. For compost I like aged horse manure if you can get it.
Reply #2 of 6 posted 11 MAY 18 by Dirk77
Thx Hubert for your response,

Eventually ill need to re pot it into a larger one but for the next couple of years the compost / manure mix seems the best option. The Austin's tend to do quite well in pots. I water them every day and once a month i give them a handful of organic mineral fertilizer. They seem to need lots of food and especially water. I always wanted Lady Hillingdon but I'm scared that the winters in Belgium are a bit too cold for her. Instead I've planted my garden stone walls with Etoile de Hollande ( first year now) and Mme Isaac Pereire. That last one is pulling of quite a show.
Reply #3 of 6 posted 12 MAY 18 by HubertG
You're welcome Dirk,
Lady Hillingdon is supposed to be winter-hardy for a tea. You might like to try the climbing form. If you look at the members' comments under Climbing Lady Hillingdon, jedmar says he grows it in Switzerland with some basal protection, so it might be worth a try where you are. The colour is richest in cooler temperatures anyway.
Reply #4 of 6 posted 24 JUL 18 by Jay-Jay
Marnix grows Lady Hillingdon Cl. in the province Groningen Netherlands:
With a very good outcome! For questions about growing this rose, You might send him a PM.
Reply #5 of 6 posted 24 JUL 18 by Andrew from Dolton
I look after a 'Lady Hillingdon cl.' for a lady in my village. I have trained it against a south facing wall. It grows through a terram membrane covered in slate chippings so the roots are cool and moist. It gets fed twice a year when I give it a scat of fish blood and bone. In these conditions it flourishes. It survived the winters of 2009 and 2010 when temperatures dropped to -18C. We also usually get cool wet summers too and it still grows and flowers well. On another cottage 'Étoile de Holland cl' grows very happily in this environment on a cold north facing wall that never sees any sun.
Reply #6 of 6 posted 20 FEB by peterdewolf
that's interesting, I have terram lying around, been laying cardboard on my soil then leafmold on top, might try the terram. I passed on this rose as I'd seen it with very floppy stems and you had to turn the blooms upwards to see them. I'd find that very annoying ;-) Good tip on the terram.
Discussion id : 98-788
most recent 20 AUG 17 SHOW ALL
Initial post 28 APR 17 by Dinglehopp3r
Large, beautiful, fragrant roses are produced fairly freely on the ends of long, arching canes. I want to love this rose because it has one of my favorite blooms and an incredible fragrance... However, this rose is a blackspot magnet in my humid East Tennessee garden. It is the always the first rose to show symptoms, and usually by midsummer it is completely naked. I have two of these, the older of the two is in a location where it only gets 5 hours of sun, so I put a second one in a spot where it could receive all day sun, and the tendency to blackspot seems to remain the same. I am going to give the second plant another season, and if it keeps this up I will be removing both.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 18 AUG 17 by dna8577
Hello Dinglehopp3r,

I am in a similar area to you regarding the black spot pressure (North Alabama). I am really liking Golden celebration, but your post made me wonder if I should choose another yellow. You mentioned how your GC is a huge black spot magnet and defoliates. Do you have a no spray garden, or do they still go naked even with spraying?

Thank you,
Reply #2 of 2 posted 20 AUG 17 by sam w
Along with the blackspot, hot weather makes short work of the flowers. I live in Arkanas with hot humid summers.
Discussion id : 98-971
most recent 13 JUN 17 SHOW ALL
Initial post 3 MAY 17 by Anita silicon valley
We have had warm weather up into the eighties; the petals baked. It is in mostly sun. Does it need moire water? Less heat?
Reply #1 of 5 posted 3 MAY 17 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Golden Celebration needs LOOSE & LOAMY & alkaline soil for FASTEST water-uptake. If you put a straw into clay, versus a straw into a glass of water with loose pebbles, it would be easier to draw up water from pebbles/water, than from dense clay.

There's a guy in San Francisco who proved that plants wilt easily in the heat with dense clay, but when he made his clay loamy by mixing in 50% wood-chips, they no longer wilt, despite full sun & hot temp.

My Golden Celebration was in full-sun, loamy & fluffy ALKALINE composted horse manure .. leaves never wilt. Then I moved it to heavy & dense clay, 4 hours morning sun only, tons of rain-water from the gutter .. and it wilted in the sun. Why? The clay is too dense, so water can't be drawn up. Plus I put too much gypsum which drove potassium down. Potassium is needed for retention of water & water-osmosis. The solution to Golden Celebration: make the soil loamy for best water-uptake & supply potassium.
Reply #2 of 5 posted 3 MAY 17 by Lavenderlace
That's a great explanation, thanks Straw!
Reply #3 of 5 posted 3 MAY 17 by Andrew from Dolton
Adding humus to heavy soils also opens them up and creates suitable conditions for the natural mycorrhizal fungi to flourish. Everyones a winner.
Reply #4 of 5 posted 4 MAY 17 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Agree to that !! Horse manure is best when it's at least 2 year-old and become humus & dark brown and moist. But the best humus is from decayed leaves, very fluffy, much easier for roots to go through than aged horse manure. Leaves in my zone 5a take at least 2 years to decompose to neutral pH.
Reply #5 of 5 posted 13 JUN 17 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Golden Celebration as own-root likes it alkaline & much more vigorous and healthy if the soil is moist & alkaline and loamy. Now is 92 F hot & dry, and blooms don't scorch in full-sun, since I watered with my pH 9 tap-water, and the blooms have a better scent than with acidic rain. Comte de Chambord next to it have crispy-fried blooms in the heat. Golden Cel's blooms did fry when it was 1st-year own root, but mine is 7th year own-root, so root is deep.

I give it high potassium & high phosphorus, NPK 8-20-40, plus gypsum in the planting hole for its zillion petals. Blooms smell like cup-cakes fresh from the oven (if pH is alkaline), but lesser-quality or gone with acidic rain water. I had seen pictures of Golden Celebration with tons of blooms in a pot, so this rose can bloom well with alkaline-tap-water. I like it so much, I wish I had bought more.
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