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'Rhode Island Red' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 129-180
most recent 26 SEP HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 26 SEP by mmanners
Here's a note on the origin of the name "Fields of the Wood." The rose was found growing at the Fields of the Wood Christian park, near Murphy, North Carolina, perhaps in the 1950s. It was given at that time to Mrs. Mary Hudson of Macon, Georgia. She then gave it to Dr. Charles A. Walker, Jr., in the early to mid-1970s. In the 1980s, Charles gave it to me, and we have propagated and distributed it since, under that name. The park got its name from the King James Bible, Psalm 132:6, "...we found it in the fields of the wood." Many people habitually misspell it (singular "Field" and plural "Woods").

Phillip Robinson also found it in California, and called it "Kocher Red." It was for years listed under that name in the Vintage Roses catalog.

At the Heritage Rose Foundation meeting in El Cerrito, California, in 2005, Dan Russo, from Connecticut, showed a slide of the Brownell rose (1957) 'Rhode Island Red'. I was sitting near Phillip at the time, and I heard him say "That's Kocher Red!" as I was mumbling "That's Fields of the Wood!" It's a very distinctive rose, not easily mistaken for anything else.
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Discussion id : 126-495
most recent 16 MAR HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 16 MAR by Matt's Northwest Florida Garden
I had a very woody, tired plant and it responded well to a severe regeneration pruning.
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Discussion id : 116-352
most recent 16 MAR SHOW ALL
 
Initial post 24 APR 19 by jc_7a_MiddleTN
Can anyone tell me how much support this rose requires? Can it be grown as a very tall shrub or is it too procumbent in nature for that?
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Reply #1 of 1 posted 16 MAR by Matt's Northwest Florida Garden
If you don't support it, it becomes a very wide, mounding shrub
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Discussion id : 92-805
most recent 4 MAY 17 SHOW ALL
 
Initial post 17 MAY 16 by Auntie_S
This looks like a gorgeous rose, and obviously does well in cold conditions., but I am wondering how it does in heat? We are in an inland valley in California where summer temps are often above 90. Thanks!
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Reply #1 of 1 posted 4 MAY 17 by Mille Fleurs
I had Rhode Island Red in Minnesota and took it with me when we moved back to Georgia. It has done fine in the heat and humidity so far (three years). It appreciates afternoon shade, though. The bright, hot sun here tends to fry the edges of many deep red flowers.
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