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'Francis Blaise ®' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 66-825
most recent 22 JUN 17 SHOW ALL
Initial post 6 SEP 12 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Francis Blaise made it to the list of Pat Henry's favorite roses at Roses Unlimited. It's the top performer in my zone 5a garden with hot and humid summer. Zero diseases in my alkaline clay soil, always blooming. The scent is fresh green apple in the bush, then becomes floral myrrh in the vase. It stands up to heat and bloomed in 90 to 100 degrees temp. It lasts long both on the bush and in the vase. The shrub is graceful and compact, very tiny thistle, less thorns than low-thorn Austins. Francis Blaise is the top performer of my 50+ roses: constant blooming, low thorn, great scent, heat tolerance, and vase-life.
Reply #1 of 3 posted 21 JUN 17 by modestgoddess
Is Francis Blaise still healthy in your garden and how large does it become?
Reply #2 of 3 posted 22 JUN 17 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Francis died through a dry winter. It had a perfect & full vase-shape 2' x 2'. I don't miss it although it bloomed a lot & very pretty bush. The scent was myrrh-green-apple, not my favorite. There's one Guillot rose that I bought again (after it died through zone 5a winter), it's Versigny, that's a good bloomer & fantastic scent & always healthy. Versigny is grown in a pot now (bought mid-May) and it's pumping out buds constantly .. that did well in my clay like Francis Blaise. A friend in alkaline clay Oregon grows Madame Paule Massad (Guillot), and she's very happy with its many blooms. Guillot roses are healthy & bloom well in alkaline clay. Nipptress in zone 5b also bought Versigny again ... when cold-zoners buy such rose again, it's worth growing.
Reply #3 of 3 posted 22 JUN 17 by modestgoddess
Thanks, I'll check out Versigny
Discussion id : 34-515
most recent 6 MAR 09 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 6 MAR 09 by Jeff Britt
I have not seen this plant yet, but from its description and photos, it looks like many, many Austin roses. Lovely, "old fashioned" roses of pink/apricot/peach/cream color, depending on day/night temperature. Is it more restrained in growth in warmer conditions than the typical Austin? Is it more disease resistant, particularly black spot and rust?? In other words, is there anything new here, or is it just Guillot trying to cash in on the craze for English roses???
Sorry to sound skeptical. I just smell marketing at work here. All steak and no sizzle. Not what we as gardeners need.
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