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Discussion id : 110-486
most recent 2 MAY HIDE POSTS
Initial post 2 MAY by Margaret Furness
Here's one to think about. A grand old house in Mediterranean-type arid zone 9b, alkaline soil, used to have a "Maypole". From my memory of the photo, there was a tall central post, maybe 3m / 10' high, with ropes sagging down to posts perhaps 1m / 3' high. Maybe 12 of them, in a circle around the central post, about 6m from it. (I'm happy to be corrected by someone who remembers more clearly.) Ramblers were trained up the short posts and along the ropes.
The current owners are restoring the very extensive gardens. Someone said to me that they'd probably want repeat-flowerers on the Maypole if it were to be restored. I got as far as thinking New Dawn, Awakening, Ghislaine de Feligonde - would they be safe (ie not requiring constant hacking back), and long enough? Narrow Water is shorter in my garden, and more bushy than might suit. "Hawthorndene" and Chevy Chase are said to have some repeat.
Any suggestions?
Discussion id : 96-449
most recent 20 DEC 16 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 20 DEC 16 by Nastarana
I think 'Marie Robert' looks a lot like a pink version of 'Merechal Niel', probably because both are seedlings of 'Isabella Grey'!

I wonder if Marie is as tender as the Merechal.
Discussion id : 94-664
most recent 1 SEP 16 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 30 AUG 16 by drossb1986
I've been trying to select a great yellow floribunda. I know, everyone will say Julia Child, but I wanted to try something else since everyone just defaults to her. However, there are so many options and they all run together. I prefer one that has a stronger, more vivid yellow that doesn't fade so much. Choices are: Doris Day, Easy Going, First Impression, Monkey Business, Shockwave, Sparkle & Shine, and Sunsprite. I live in Houston, TX where we go from desert like heat to monsoons. :)
Reply #1 of 1 posted 1 SEP 16 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Agree with you on Julia Child .. saw that fading to white at the rose park and the scent was like cough-medicine. I grew Honey Bouquet .. the most vibrant yellow that doesn't fade, it bloomed during 100 F summer heat, and lasted twice longer than Austin Golden Celebration. Honey Bouquet smells like fresh honey, YUM. The other intense yellow is Midas Touch .. saw that at the rose park and it absolutely GLOWED .. best color among their many bushes.

Honey Bouquet bloomed in high heat, and loved tons of rain. It doesn't shatter, so blooms last long on the bush. For heat tolerance: the ones that last long in the vase, don't shatter in the heat. I also have Strike It Rich .. it shatters and doesn't last long.
Discussion id : 44-485
most recent 7 MAY 10 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 7 MAY 10 by Jacque
I'm tossing up between planting Austin's Gertrude Jekyll, or trying The Mayflower as I live in a humid (9a-10a) climate in northern New Zealand and like the idea of disease resistance! Can anyone tell me the differences in colour, form, height and flowering in their experience? Thanks so much.
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