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'Mrs. Oakley-Fisher' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 115-387
most recent 15 FEB 19 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 15 FEB 19 by newtie
My experience is similar to that of Garhart, above, which see. Plant habit is open, rather poorly clothed with foliage. I also find that Oakley Fisher is neither particularly disease prone nor particularly disease resistant, as did Garhart. I have never found it to bloom heavily but nearly always a few blooms. A nice garden plant that is a good companion to others, but could look rather forlorn if isolated. Rather upright as a somewhat narrow shrub. It's habit is not its strong suit. But it definitely has its place among other garden plants. I have two. One has begun to decline after about 8 years. This is hot, humid, zone 8b in Southern U.S.. We get 56 inches of rain/yr. Unusual bloom color, the color we associate with peach flesh. Not garish. Mine are own root. Although Oakley Fisher is considered a hybrid Tea, introduced 1921, I consider it to be atypical, in bloom and habit, of hybrid teas, especially later hybrid teas.
Discussion id : 83-216
most recent 21 FEB 15 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 19 FEB 15 by Michael Garhart
I have yet to see another rose with this color. Its somewhere between sherbet and orange creamsicle? Its not describable in person, and the color seems to do well in heat or rain. However, the plant seems to prefer plenty of warmth. It really is neither disease prone or disease resistant. Its fairly neutral in that regard, but the plant architecture is stick-like. Thats the only con about the rose, in my view.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 21 FEB 15 by billy teabag
It's interesting to see this rose in different places/climates.
Here in hot Perth, it usually comes in the most beautiful shade of pale amber. The colour always seems a perfect foil for the stamens.
Plants seen in cooler places had blooms of a more definite and deeper colour. Beautiful, but creating quite a different impression as the paler blooms appear more transluscent, the deeper ones seem more solid and substantial.
As a young plant, lightly trimmed from time to time, my plant had a very pleasing shape - rounded, well covered with foliage and blooms from top to ground and if I missed snipping off the spent blooms for a while, it would look like a Tree of Life tapestry, regularly studded with those wonderful large hips.
With age and competition from pushy Tea rose neighbours ('Mrs B.R. Cant' on one side, 'Anna Olivier' on the other), it has lost that tidy shape, and wants to range and sprawl with the best of them. Allowed to grow as a shrub, the growth is, as you describe, wiry. Flowers appear from everywhere - some in small clusters on stronger, upright stems, some - usually solitary blooms - on short, very thin and convoluted stems.
The rebloom is very rapid in our climate and it is rarely without blooms in any season.
I see it pruned harder in other gardens and the habit is quite different. More like a Hybrid Tea. Stronger, upright growth, larger blooms.
It's obviously a very versatile rose and does well over a wide range of climates and care regimes.
It is a very special rose and I'd hate to be without it. As you say, there is nothing quite like it.
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