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'A Little Ray of Sunshine' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 45-204
most recent 31 JUL 10 SHOW ALL
Initial post 28 MAY 10 by initiate
I planted this one about 3-4 years ago. I saw it potted at a nursery and was taken by the large flowers and strong fragrance. Sadly, it didn't do much at first. Just an occasional botrytis ridden bloom now and then. This year it seems to have turned a corner. I got a nice crop of well-formed long-stemmed beauties this week! I didn't realize what good form the flowers had until now. I think this could be a really good rose, once it gets established. It's hard to find a nice fragrant yellow hybrid tea. The form is not quite show-rose quality, but still very nice.
Reply #1 of 6 posted 28 JUL 10 by John Moody
I agree with you 100% Initiate about this Eternal Flame yellow HT rose. I got mine from Regan Nursery last year and it really didn't do much. I was kind of worried I had gotten a dud. However, I planted it into the garden this past April from it's pot and it has started to add very good vigor just all of a sudden just this past six weeks. It is getting taller and bushier and the flowers are increasing in numbers, good form and color, very nice fragrance, etc...
I still think it has a way to go getting established as it doesn't look "finished" yet. So, I expect to continue to improve this year and think it will really be nice next year.
Just like the old adage:
First year they sleep,
Second year the creep,
Third year they leap!!
Happy leaping year in 2011!!
Also, you're very right that we need more good, fragrant, pure yellow HT roses. One you might consider is a little grown "Welcome Home" which is a yellow HT I got three years ago. It is a huge and beautiful bush with wonderful pure yellow flowers with very long stems. Flowers are very well formed. It could use more fragrance, but isn't totally scentless. Still a pretty yellow rose.
Reply #2 of 6 posted 28 JUL 10 by Jay-Jay
How about "Friesia" and "Duftgold"!?
Reply #3 of 6 posted 29 JUL 10 by John Moody
Sorry Jay-Jay, I don't know those roses....
Reply #4 of 6 posted 29 JUL 10 by Jay-Jay
They're both pure yellow fragrant HT's; You asked for more of them in Your reply. For me they're both most rewarding roses, almost constantly blooming. Especially Friesia (or "Sunsprite") is a very bright pure yellow rose with a very good fragrance! You can look them up on HMF under these names.
Greetings, Jay-Jay.
Reply #5 of 6 posted 31 JUL 10 by John Moody
Hi JayJay--glad to hear back from you. I did have Sunsprite for a couple of years. It was vigorous and healthy enough and of course the fragrance is to die for. But, I didn't like the fact that the buds opened super fast and then blew in as little as 24 hours. They blew so fast you didnt' have time to enoy them. So, when the bush was 3 years old it got RRD along with its' neighboring Hot Cocoa rose so both had to be shovel pruned and burned to destroy the pathogen and hopefully help keep it from spreading. I replaced the HOt Cocoa bacause I really like it, but I decided not to get another Sunsprite mainly because of the fast way the blooms got spent.
I looked up the photos of the Duftgold and I don't think I would be happy with a bloom that looked like that. It looks like on of the cabbage. I don't mind the ordinary casual form of alot of the flori's, but the cabbage look is definitely not for me.
Guess I will keep looking. I think I may try Anthony Meilland as I like those photos. I also like the photos of Julia Child and I actually had one of those and planted it in a 1/2 whiskey barrel and it never seemed to really take off and grow and the bloom was not good I am guessing it just didn't like being in that barrel. Unfortunately, it died this past Spring before I got the chance to transplant it and see if it grew better somewhere else. I still may get another one to try and this time it will get a premium spot in one of my rosebeds so I can see the real Julia Child that everyone is raving about.
Reply #6 of 6 posted 31 JUL 10 by Jay-Jay
Friesia/Sunsprite doesn't have a long vase-life but it lasts, over here at my place, a lot longer on the plant than Your 24 hours; maybe 5 days or a week! (But "Ashram" is the rose that lasts for weeks and weeks, even in the hot conditions we had the last month!)
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