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'Robin Hood' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 73-200
most recent 28 JUL 13 SHOW ALL
Initial post 24 JUL 13 by Jay-Jay
Many of the depictured roses must be of another variety, for in the description is written: single 4-8 petals and a lot of the photo's show flowers with many more petals!
...Or the description is wrong?
Reply #1 of 3 posted 27 JUL 13 by jedmar
Difficult to say - there are not so many early references. It is possible that the rose in commerce is incorrect.
Reply #2 of 3 posted 28 JUL 13 by Patricia Routley
It went into the Trial ground as a semi-double in 1930. But was listed as a single in 1935 and a semi-double again in 1938 and 1978. Listing it as “single to semi-double” covers all, until early photos or more explicit references are found.
Reply #3 of 3 posted 28 JUL 13 by Jay-Jay
Thank You Patricia!
Discussion id : 40-749
most recent 24 NOV 09 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 24 NOV 09 by Anne M
Northwestern Ontario, Canada, USDA Zone 2
I have had Robin Hood for 3 years now, it only gets about 18 inches tall but is bushy and blooms non stop and is totally disease free. It has never been winter protected in any way. I love it, -bright & cheery all summer.
Discussion id : 19-236
most recent 3 JUN 07 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 3 JUN 07 by Unregistered Guest
We purchased several Robin Hood Roses a couple of years ago. We live in SE Iowa, Zone 5. We have been disappointed with the rate of growth and both this Spring and last Spring, have had to cut out the dead canes. Should we have to remove the dead canes as we thought that new growth would appear on the previous year's canes. Thanks for any help you can provide.
Discussion id : 12-255
most recent 21 NOV 06 SHOW ALL
Initial post 16 MAY 06 by Unregistered Guest
This rose is a lot Hardier than Zone 6. Grows well in Calgary, AB, which is technally Zone 3b, but is more like Zone 4 in many locations. Requires winter cover, of course. Cove completely if possible for really cold places.
Reply #1 of 6 posted 13 NOV 06 by Unregistered Guest


since you seem to know this rose well, i would like to ask a question: could you let me know how the flower finishes. from the pics it seems that the stamens turn black at the end of flowering. is it true and is it a problem (does the shrub look untidy because of the old flowers?)

thanks for your help

Reply #2 of 6 posted 16 NOV 06 by Unregistered Guest
The stamens don't turn black- The flower lighten but it doesn't look untidy.  It's a very charming and vigorous plant. My growing season is very short, so it doesn't get big and round and covered with blossoms like in some of the pictures. It has more of a wild shape than most roses,putting out 3-4 ft arching canes with clusters of small very bright scentless flowers . It continues to bloom right into the winter. Our winter comes fast with a very short fall-It was trying to bloom until temperatures were below zero! The canes are quite thin (at least mine are) so it's easy to train on a low fence or the like.  What's your climate like? It's growth habit will depend on the length of your growing season and the harshness of your winter.
Reply #3 of 6 posted 17 NOV 06 by Unregistered Guest

thank you for this information. i lived in canada for many years and i know the climate of calgary well so i understand that you have a short growing season. other roses from pemberton do really well here in lyon (france) and now having your info i will plant a robin hood.

Reply #4 of 6 posted 17 NOV 06 by Unregistered Guest

I'm sure you will like it. I sure envy your rose growing climate and the access to roses we never see! I've travelled quite a bit in France an know exactly what I'm missing.... Enjoy!

Reply #5 of 6 posted 20 NOV 06 by Unregistered Guest

lyon, where we live is a particularly rich area for roses. historically this is where Guillot, Pernet-Ducher, Schwartz...created some of the most beautiful roses in the 19th century. i still buy roses from Fabien Ducher who is directly related to Pernet Ducher and still breeds roses!

the botanical garden has a really nice collection of old roses and there are a few very beautiful rose gardens around

Reply #6 of 6 posted 21 NOV 06 by Unregistered Guest
That is so wonderful that you have such a great place to get your roses. It gives you a real sense of history, doesn't it? It's very difficult for me to find Old Garden Roses, and when I do find them, very few types are offered. It's not so much picking which ones I want as buying any that turn up at the local suppliers. I'm glad that there are places where these roses are really valued and preserved!
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