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'Duet' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 73-223
most recent 26 JUL 13 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 26 JUL 13 by goncmg
Tell me I just didn't get the Handbook and see Duet rated 5.6. Tell this is not right. Tell me, also, that Arizona is NOT 7.6 now..............because that lovely clunk of an AARS left the GATE 40 years ago at 6.9, dipped into the 5's, sat at 6.1 for years.............and now is 2.0 above DUET? Not possible!!!!!!!! Into the 80's Duet was rated 8.4.............maybe too high? But actually maybe not: it--per my earlier post---is a good, happy, easy to grow rose that blooms itself to crazy, what else other than fragrance do you need unless you exhibit? Helen Traubel is ALSO a 5.6..............this I GET...............but DUET? Really? Not any better per rating than Traubel?! Come on!!!!!
Discussion id : 69-654
most recent 27 JAN 13 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 26 JAN 13 by goncmg
I grew DUET in the 80's, it was already 20 years old then and at that time widely available. I loved it. Hardy in 6a (Columbus), a total bloom work horse...........not sure why I do not currently have it to be honest, other than I lean towards orange and bicolors and seriously listen more to the "weak" links which is unfair to roses like Duet and also Tiffany, Eiffel Tower, to name a few..............if anyone out there comes across this one and by chance happens to fancy Queen ELizabeth, Tournament of Roses, Royal Ascot or Bewitched or Eiffel Tower or Tiffany aforementned, well, then you will totally love Duet. This is one that, if released NOW, would be classed as a shrub most likely and I do believe for several years it was classed as a Grandiflora before being returned to the HT' cluster blooms, case closed. The effect in the yard is not ONE bloom but the MASS, plant big and bushy with matte olive green wavy...............the petals also nhave a unique "wave" to them and I assume the name comes from the color dichotomy of earthy shell pink/crimson reverse................a GREAT rose.............a SOLID may be an overlooked rose, it may never have been nor will be an EXCITING rose..............for years it was rated quite highly and should have been.............
Reply #1 of 7 posted 26 JAN 13 by Patricia Routley
Large gardens in Western Australia plant many bushes of 'Duet' and use it as a landscaping tool.
They use it like this because it "works". Unfortunately this style of gardening has turned me off my one plant of 'Duet', but I know it is a good rose. ( I want the love that comes off a bush in waves from the old gardener I got it from. Estate gardeners very rarely were able to inject that unknown quality I am looking for.) There have been many sports of 'Duet'.
Reply #2 of 7 posted 26 JAN 13 by goncmg
We are on the same page with Duet! :-)....I "respect" it but do not care for it very much as I feel about Queen Elizabeth, Regensberg, Simplicity, Carefree Wonder and even Knock Out.............not a fan here of pink in general and I personally "need" a rose to read BETTER on the the close-up..........:-)
Reply #3 of 7 posted 26 JAN 13 by Kim Rupert
There is a home on the old route a friend and I used to take walks. The front yard isn't very deep, but is quite wide, with much used brick used for the front walk, short walls and on the house facade. The yard is mirrored left to right, being very symmetrical. There were six, very well established Duet bushes planted in a curve on each side of the front walk, framing the entry in a very wide arch. They almost funneled you into the front door, effectively drawing your attention to it. In all the years we walked that route, I think the only time I ever saw those plants without flowers was after pruning. They received full western exposure here in the San Fernando Valley and were obviously watered by the lawn irrigation, yet were completely happy and always seemed they would be the perfect catalog illustration for the variety. Their flower color was perfect to soften all that used brick.
Reply #4 of 7 posted 27 JAN 13 by Margaret Furness
Moving a comment from a photo to the main page: Davis Ruston rates Duet among the top 10 roses (grown in the open in zone 9b) for a florists' supplier.
Reply #5 of 7 posted 27 JAN 13 by goncmg
Kim, oh I can imagine that sight! Yes, there is that earthiness to Duet's two colors that absolutely would compliment brick! What a lovely sight you just described. Great to hear from you.
Reply #6 of 7 posted 27 JAN 13 by Kim Rupert
Yes there is! I've always found the dusty look to the inner pink of Duet here in this climate quite attractive. It's honestly been a rather under utilized and under rated rose. Thanks, nice hearing from you, too!
Reply #7 of 7 posted 27 JAN 13 by goncmg
In really hot weather the inner dusty pink looks "iced".........whoever has a band in stock, lol, be it Vintage or Heirloom or Rogue...........I am going to get this one back having appreciated this chat thread on a "dormant" variety..............
Discussion id : 34-483
most recent 5 MAR 09 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 5 MAR 09 by Jeff Britt
I have always been told that Duet is a wonderful rose -- continuously blooming, fragrant, a factory of pink blooms for the vase or buttonhole, and very disease resistant. I haven't planted it because it isn't available locally and I avoided hybrid teas in general for many years because of newer, more novel introductions. I am hoping I may be convinced by comments here to plant Duet. I am somewhat risk-averse because I have a smallish garden and don't like running a hospital for plants, or suffering roses that limp along.
Anyone with something to offer on the merits or warnings on Duet would be greatly appreciated!
Discussion id : 9-587
most recent 6 JUL 06 SHOW ALL
Initial post 15 JUL 05 by Donna Williamson
The first growth on my Duet this season was stunted. The leaves were very small and deformed and a very light green. Buds did appear and the blooms were small as well, with some deformity. The second growth had bigger leaves with bigger blooms. What is going on with this rose? It's been in the garden for some time and I'm just wondering if it's getting to the end of its life or is something else happening?
Reply #1 of 3 posted 16 JUL 05 by Wendy C
Weather and insect conditions could cause the deformity of the bushes first flush. If it's recovered I wouldn't worry over much.
Reply #2 of 3 posted 30 JUN 06 by ParisRoseLady
Donna, Do you have any suspicion that your plant could be virused?  Sometimes virused plants put out stunted growth or flowers.  Does it have any of the telltale yellow mottlings on the leaves?  I just purchased a Duet from a mail order nursery that looks virused to me.   I have put in a call to the nursery to see what they have to say.  The yellow marblelizing on the leaves looks like it, though, plus the leaves are sort of contorted and stiff around the edges.  I'll wait and see what the nursery has to say.    
Reply #3 of 3 posted 6 JUL 06 by Donna Williamson
Claire, this season Duet has healthy, green foliage with no indication of yellow striping (I'm familiar with the look of mosaic virus) and no stunted leaves.  It is getting regularly watered and our summer temperatures have been normal so I'm assuming last year's stunted growth was an anomaly and not indicative of a permanent problem.  Good luck with yours!
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