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Discussion id : 116-200
most recent 13 JAN 20 SHOW ALL
Initial post 13 APR 19 by Planetrj (zone 11b/H2 pH 5.8)
I would like to know if anyone growing LEH in a rainy environment has experienced this one balling in wet weather. I hope someone could chime in on this, because it’s the one concern the Southeast US and the tropics would have as a concern. I would say that balling is almost worse than an attack of BS.
Thanks for any input.
Reply #1 of 4 posted 7 JAN 20 by Erĕbus
Hi! I live in Tuscany in a very rainy and humid zone and it never happened to me. Jude the obscure's flowers ball very often but Lady Emma Hamilton's don't (They are planted next to each other).
Reply #2 of 4 posted 8 JAN 20 by Nastarana
I can't say about balling, but it does fade badly, to an unattractive buff color, in California sun. Maybe needs afternoon shade?
Reply #3 of 4 posted 12 JAN 20 by Planetrj (zone 11b/H2 pH 5.8)
Thank you for your input on this. I didn’t order it for this year’s shipment, because I had seen so many mixed reviews elsewhere. Glad to hear it isn’t a stand out winner for anyone, as to miss out on the boat on something special. So far, very happy with Lady of Shalott, which seems to be closely resembling LEH from what I can see. However, not sure how the difference in fragrance would be, and just know that LOS’s extremely strong fragrance is nothing like any of my other Austins, or any other rose for that matter. No BS, No Mildew, No Balling, No Fading, throws random flowers all year, and holds its foliage all year so far. Next year will be it’s 3rd year, so I can fully evaluate and post it, but after it settled in (Own Root), it seems to keep getting better and better. Thank you for letting me know!
Reply #4 of 4 posted 13 JAN 20 by Erĕbus
You're welcome! If I were you, I would give it a try! The fragrance is strong and detectable from afar, and mine doesn't fade to a buff colour, it becomes almost fluorescent. Bloom frequency is excellent, growth habit too,
Mine gets BS in autumn but it's not a big deal since I remove any foliage that remains. This is where (according to David Austin's site) disease spores can lay dormant ready to challenge the plant next year.
I'll attach some pictures below
Discussion id : 93-308
most recent 24 AUG 18 SHOW ALL
Initial post 10 JUN 16 by BroCad
This is year four for LEH in my garden. I have loved her from the beginning, even through an early scare with spider mites that took half of her in the first year before I knew what was happening. Since then she has not only recovered, but spread to around four feet in width and a height of around three feet. She gave me two new canes last year and another this spring. She is currently covered in buds, having opened only two flowers so far, which puts her as my latest of the returning roses. She vies with Munstead Wood as my most floriferous rose. Beautifully complex color range, intoxicating citrus fragrance, beautiful dainty, bronze new foliage, and little disease, usually confined to a bit of BS going into the fall. I understand some have had trouble wintering her in Northern Ohio, but I have her in a very sheltered spot where, with no special protection, she has come through two very fierce winters (those immediately preceeding this last very mild winter) with die-back to the snowline and a quick recovery. Outstanding rose in all respects.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 1 JUN 17 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Is you LEH grafted, or is it own-root, thanks for any info. I prefer own-root, but a few people reported its being weak as own-root for cold zone.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 24 AUG 18 by Lavenderlace
Mine are own-root but have continually bloomed through very high heat (over 110 F) for extended periods with daily watering in fast draining sandy soil. The size of the plant has stayed smaller than most Austins here in southern Z8, thankfully, with very nice foliage.
Discussion id : 110-030
most recent 17 APR 18 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 16 APR 18 by Nola Z5a WI
Just informational David Austin's website lists Lady Emma Hamilton as zone 5.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 17 APR 18 by HMF Admin
We've made these changes: thank you very much for your input.
Discussion id : 96-052
most recent 4 JUN 17 SHOW ALL
Initial post 25 NOV 16 by G. Byron
I'm in zone 10b and this is my first year with LEH. I've grown the rose in a large pot, which is my usual strategy when I want to see how a rose reacts to the climate. LEH has been exceptional: planted in February, flowering began in May and, even in the height of summer, continual flowering and a strong citrusy scent. One of my favourites for fragrance. It is November 25 and LEH is still covered in buds. The rose frequently had to tolerate dry soil in the height of summer. Fed twice with rotted horse manure. Very little sign of disease - a few yellowing leaves inside. Flowers maintain form for a long time on the bush and also when picked. I picked 2 flowers three days ago and they are still retaining colour and fragrance. For warm climates, this is certainly an excellent rose. Can't decide whether to plant her out in the ground or leave her in the pot, since she has reacted so well.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 4 JUN 17 by mamabotanica
I have her in my 10b Pasadena garden and she is very slow growing and the only rose that gets crispy brown edges and spots on its leaves. The folks at Bellefontaine (local awesome nursery) said she didn't do well here but I bought her anyway online as a bare root. Her flowers are so lovely that I'm willing to risk it but I wish I was having the same success as you. Mine is just a baby (planted in March and it's now June) so maybe that's an issue.
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