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Discussion id : 120-443
most recent 8 MAR HIDE POSTS
Initial post 6 MAR by Jay-Jay
The description states: "Sets NO hips". But it does according to photo-contributions of Margaret Furness.
But it seems NOT to produce viable seeds.
Reply #1 of 5 posted 6 MAR by Margaret Furness
Baronne Henriette Snoy is another one that produces empty hips.
Reply #2 of 5 posted 7 MAR by Patricia Routley
Thanks Jay-Jay. I have corrected it to “sets no fertile hips”
Reply #3 of 5 posted 7 MAR by Jay-Jay
Thank You Patricia. It's a wonderful rose! I'm thinking of ordering it from La Roseraie du Désert.
Reply #4 of 5 posted 7 MAR by Patricia Routley
Truly wonderful. Rather small blooms but so many of them and often when other bushes have no blooms for a bouquet. My large bush has now made a lot of dead twiggy material and there is varying advice on whether to leave it or remove it. The dead stuff doesn’t look too good and I can’t do anything about it right now (too busy watering to keep them all alive) but I think I will have to clean it up eventually.
Reply #5 of 5 posted 8 MAR by Jay-Jay
Maybe wait until the dead sticks can be broken, so no scissors are needed and no new wounds are made. But when You think of a disease, maybe earlier and cleaning + sterilizing the tools afterwards.
Discussion id : 104-612
most recent 16 AUG 17 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 16 AUG 17 by Margaret Furness
I think the description "Does not do well in warmer climates" must apply only to foggy / soggy ones. It is clean in my mediterranean climate (rain mainly in winter).
Discussion id : 60-935
most recent 4 SEP 15 SHOW ALL
Initial post 15 JAN 12 by Patricia Routley
A rosarian friend has alerted me to the fact that the rose we all grow as ‘Mme. Berkeley’ may not be the original rose. Some of the early references say:

1903 huge shell-shaped petals, semi-double, and upright.
1906 erect habit
1910 good seed bearing kind
1922 (bloom) very large
None of those things apply to the rose I grow.

I believe we should separate this file into
pre 1970’s for the original ‘Mme. Berkeley’
post 1970s when Arthur Wyatt found and reintroduced his foundling - ‘Mme. Berkeley in commerce as.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 2 SEP 15 by John Hook
Hello Pat
Just a note on my experience with this rose
Vigorous upright growth
Produces viable seed but not many (I started a couple of seedlings but they died)
Blooms can be large but normally average size
Never Semi-double
Reply #2 of 2 posted 4 SEP 15 by Patricia Routley
Thanks John,
I am going to separate this file as mentioned in my initial comment, hopefully tomorrow.
If your seed at least sprouted, then it has to be a different rose to the "Mme. Berkeley in commerce as".
Would it help others to know the provenance of your rose?
Do you have any photos?
Discussion id : 79-801
most recent 7 AUG 14 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 7 AUG 14 by leezen
100% disease free and healthy in my coastal So-Cal climate. Growth has been wider than tall; 4 ft. tall x 7 ft. wide after 2.5 years from a 6" band.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 7 AUG 14 by Patricia Routley
After 13 years on R. fortuniana, mine is about that size too. I've increased the size - we had a width of two feet wide.
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