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'Souvenir du Docteur Jamain' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 117-774
most recent 25 JUL HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 25 JUL by Jay-Jay
This rose seems to need/take ages to settle. Seven years after planting it is now developing more canes and laterals than before and blooming a lot and repeatedly. Seems to like our too dry and too hot summers, the second on a row and temps over 38°C.
But alas, due too those same weather conditions, it is (au contraire to normal) very sparse with its gorgeous scent.
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Discussion id : 109-936
most recent 12 APR 18 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 11 APR 18 by Nastarana
from Sackville-West, V., The Illustrated Garden Book, Atheneum New York 1989 (A selection of her popular columns by the historian Robin Lane Fox). Her description of finding SdDJ can be found on p.128.

" 'Souvenir du Docteur Jamain' is an old hybrid perpetual which I am rather proud of having rescued from extinction. I found him growing against the office wall of an old nursery. No one knew what he was; no one seemed to care; no one knew his name; no one had troubled to propagate him. Could I dig him up, I asked? Well, if you like to risk it, they said, shrugging their shoulders; it's a very old plant, with a woody stiff root. I risked it; 'Docteur Jamain' survived his removal; and now has a flourishing progeny in my garden and also on the market of certain rosarians to whom I gave him. 'Dr. Jamain' is a deep red, not very large flowers, but so sweetly and sentimentally scented."
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Reply #1 of 2 posted 12 APR 18 by Patricia Routley
Thanks Nastarana. I've added the 1968 text, rather than the 1989. It is basically the same.
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Reply #2 of 2 posted 12 APR 18 by Nastarana
I wonder who first identified Sackville-West's foundling? Would that have been Graham Thomas?
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Discussion id : 99-048
most recent 6 MAY 17 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 6 MAY 17 by zztop
How does this rose do in zone 6a? Does it get tall and put out long canes or does it make a short shrub?
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Reply #1 of 2 posted 6 MAY 17 by Jay-Jay
At my place(zone 6a/b), it's a slow grower. It stands in the preferred partial shade.
No long canes and a lanky grower. I train it as a small climber. Length of the canes after 5 years: 2m.
Flowers are wonderful dark-red and have a good and strong, but delicate fragrance.
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Reply #2 of 2 posted 6 MAY 17 by zztop
Thanks! 2 meters of cane is really not that bad for this climate.
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Discussion id : 89-307
most recent 15 NOV 15 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 15 NOV 15 by Rosewood_Roses
This rose is similar to "Pulich Children", and may be synonymous. This awaits genetic testing.
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