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'The Dark Lady' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 123-767
most recent 7 NOV HIDE POSTS
Initial post 7 NOV by Viviane SCHUSSELE
Sonnet de William Shakespeare
Discussion id : 55-424
most recent 26 AUG 17 SHOW ALL
Initial post 24 JUN 11 by anonymous-694975
I grow the Dark Lady in my Chicago-area zone 5 garden and absolutely love it. She enjoys some afternoon shade (in fact she is surprisingly shade tolerant), and suffers if she is in full, blasting-hot sun all day. It is true that the necks are a bit floppy, but that is easily fixed by feeding her banana peels in the spring. I grow 18 rose varieties and this is my favorite, with astounding blooms and a gorgeous scent. She is prone to black spot, and will defoliate a bit, but is so beautiful I don't care. The fall display is particularly impressive and the blooms turn a gorgeous purple in cool weather. Sh would enjoy some winter protection, but I don't provide it and she always come back. Feed her heavily and water deeply a minimum of twice a week for best performance. Do NOT over-prune this bush as that is the fastest way to kill her -- tip pruning and removal of dead wood is all that is required, or tolerated.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 26 AUG 17 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Thank you for a fantastic review !!
Discussion id : 82-987
most recent 15 NOV 16 SHOW ALL
Initial post 5 FEB 15 by Anita silicon valley
This is one amazing rose! I planted it last year so it is still a little bush less than two feet high. Right now it has thirteen buds and I picked one blossom which smells wonderful. I am so gratified because I have had some David Austin roses which were a little fussy to get going. There are no foliage diseases in spite of some rain and Winter weather.
Reply #1 of 5 posted 9 NOV 16 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Anita: I appreciate all your comments, esp. about how long the bloom last in a vase. How long does the Dark Lady last in a vase? I really like my William Shakespeare 2000 blooms (at least 4 days in the vase) and would like something similar (but more red). Also what are your favorite cut-blooms for the vase? My favorite long-lasting cut-blooms are: Versigny, Firefighter, W.S. 2000, Betty White, Dee-lish, Stephen Big Purple ... those last at least 4 days.
Reply #2 of 5 posted 10 NOV 16 by Anita silicon valley
This is November and I'm trying to remember how it was in the vase a few months ago; as I remember it lasted four days or more. I'm in the San Francisco Bay area so we have had water rationing for quite a while due to drought so roses don't last as long because they are thirsty.
Reply #3 of 5 posted 10 NOV 16 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Thank you for the info. The Dark Lady has Rugosa heritage so it's more drought-tolerant than other Austin water-hogs.
Reply #4 of 5 posted 11 NOV 16 by Anita silicon valley
I looked it up on David Austin USA website. Unfortunately they state that it is happy in a Mediterranean climate and Southern US. I hope you find something else similar of theirs that would work for your climate. My experience with their website is that they respond quickly to questions.
Reply #5 of 5 posted 15 NOV 16 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Anita: Thank you for the info. I saw the Dark Lady at Chicago Botanical Garden, after tons of spring rain, and it's the best among their thousand of roses. It's very small in zone 5, but lots of blooms, and smelled really good at the park in partial shade.
Discussion id : 74-310
most recent 29 SEP 13 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 29 SEP 13 by Renato Emma
Syn.'Ausbloom', 'Dark Lady'
Rosa Inglese a cespuglio, Gruppo Rosa Antica Ibrida, a portamento aperto, allargato, con molte spine. Fogliame sm/lucido, denso e fitto, verde scuro. Fiori grandi, dalla forma di peonia arborea, petali morbidi, cremisi/rosso scuro, singoli o in mazzi. Forte fragranza di Rosa Antica e muschio. Rustica e md/resistente a malattie. Rifiorente. H.90 L.100cm.
(ROSACEAE) (David C.H.Austin, David Austin Roses Ltd., UK, 1991)
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