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'Henry Kelsey' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 104-027
most recent 4 AUG 17 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 4 AUG 17 by Sambolingo
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Discussion id : 56-906
most recent 29 AUG 11 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 29 AUG 11 by arvid jørgensen
Lista, the 30th of August 2011.
Alongside "Tradition" this is a real comfort to me among the dark red climbers with which I seem to have certain problems succeeding. The reason for which I am still at a loss to know. Mr Kelsey, originally a shrub, is a climber in my garden, aiming to become a rambler. The twigs and canes are pliable and easy to train into wanted positions. The plant has been constantly in bloom since it started in early July, and I don`t mean just stray flowers and small clusters, but flowers covering the better part of the plant. Even though we have had very humid weather here at Lista this summer, there is little blackspot on the plant and the double flowers are very rain tolerant. The bright red colour tends to fade a bit though ,which, given its many good qualities, is of course forgiven. Besides, now looking back on two harsh winters in a row, I think it is time to consentrate on the real tough ones again ,such as mr Kelsey. There has been no freezing back - on the contrary. The plant is now developping into a substantial rambler. A couple of years ago I saw a Henry Kelsey in a garden in Venabygd in the valley of Gudbrandsdalen more than 600meters above sea level ,planted as a climber up against a wall. So this is one for tough climates.
Discussion id : 7-862
most recent 13 APR 09 SHOW ALL
Initial post 17 MAR 05 by Gwendolyn Gallagher
I have grown Henry Kelsey for four years. It has grown very well and makes a great show on the front wall which passers-by comment on. It has a pleasant moderate fragrance. However, it only blooms once. Last autumn, for the very first time, we had one late cluster of blossoms. This rose is very worthwhile even with only one longish bloom period. But since it is always written up as a repeat-bloomer, I wonder what other growers' experiences are? Does anyone who grows Henry Kelsey in a cold climate (zone 5? with about five months of snow cover) get repeat bloom?
Reply #1 of 4 posted 12 APR 09 by ParisRoseLady
Hello, I have been growing Henry Kelsey for coming up 4 years. This rose has a magnificent extended spring bloom, but then essentially rests for the duration of the growing season until a very light flowering in the fall. I would not classify it as a repeat bloomer in the way that many roses throw up flush after flush. It is a bit annoying that every single garden catalog (or book) lists Henry Kelsey as a repeat bloomer--this can be somewhat deceiving! Still, it is a wonderful rose that I am very happy to have in my garden.
Reply #2 of 4 posted 12 APR 09 by Karen
I have grown Henry Kelsey in zone 5b where there is little snow cover (Lincoln, NE). It filled the trellis beautifully, did not have winter dieback, and had very little disease in a no spray garden. It had a large spring bloom followed by a light fall bloom. I eventually tore it out much to my friends chagrin, but I wanted to search for a climbing rose that had a longer season of bloom and could be used for cutting. So far I have tested Dublin Bay, Crimson Glory, Illusion, Cadenza and Crimson Sky. The results are not in yet but Dublin Bay has been ruled out.
Reply #3 of 4 posted 12 APR 09 by CarolynB
What was your reason for ruling out Dublin Bay?
Reply #4 of 4 posted 13 APR 09 by Karen
Dublin Bay was a beautiful rose for me, it had great form and color, but it was a shy bloomer. Also the shrub did not have a lot of basal breaks . The shrub never filled out nor did it ever climb in my zone 5b garden. It did have very limited disease - a small amount of black spot at the end of the season. My garden is part sun which usually is favorable for roses as we have such hot summers. Perhaps it would work in another situation, it is a wonderful rose.
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