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Betty Ann
Discussion id : 11-016
most recent 27 JAN 06 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 26 JAN 06 by Unregistered Guest
Betty Ann.....your pics are truly amazing. I live in Tampa and was curious where you buy your roses?

Reply #1 of 1 posted 27 JAN 06 by Unregistered Guest
I've purchased roses from a variety of locations. One of my favorites is Orbans Nursery in Bradenton. They have an open house a couple of time per year, with acres of roses to choose from.

I appreciate your warm feedback about the rose photos.
Discussion id : 5-608
most recent 26 JAN 06 SHOW ALL
Initial post 26 FEB 04 by anonymous-7655
I would like to know how Leonidas grows for you. I am in zone 7b in Alabama.
What size bush should I expect? What is growth pattern upright or bushy and spreading?
Thank you in advance.
Nancy Fuller
Reply #1 of 2 posted 1 MAR 04 by Anonymous-9804
Hi Nancy,

Leonidas grows beautifully here on the FL Gulf coast (9b). In the intense FL summer heat, it is brilliant orange with yellow reverse pictured top row #4. In milder weather, it is the more characteristic burned sienna w/cream reverse. It is a very prolific bloomer. No problems with blackspot. It does attract whiteflies, and a few aphids. Shrub size is about 3½ x 3½. It is planted between the salt water canal and the swimming pool. I have posted another photo of the blooms for March 1. The colors are about midway between the two extremes.

--Betty Ann
Reply #2 of 2 posted 26 JAN 06 by Unregistered Guest
My Leonidas is a compact bush. It looks great in front of tall teas.
Discussion id : 7-671
most recent 2 APR 05 SHOW ALL
Initial post 17 FEB 05 by pam beers
Hi Betty Ann,
I was wondering how your Glamis Castle is doing. I love the look of the English roses, but was told that they do not do well here in the Tampa Bay area. Do you have any other English roses that are thriving?
Thanks, Pa,
Reply #1 of 3 posted 20 FEB 05 by Betty Ann
Glamis Castle did not survive the first rainy season here. I had it potted, east facing, under an awning to avoid rain--which balled the blossoms terribly. Still, it didn't make it. Definitely not a good rose for this area.
Reply #2 of 3 posted 20 FEB 05 by Betty Ann
Sorry I didn't finish the original message. I do have some David Austin roses that are doing pretty well in their third season--Mary Rose, Gertrude Jekyll, and Abraham Darby. They do tend to be leggy though.

There is another great rose if you can get your hands on it--Francois Rabelais. Red quartered floribunda. Looks very much like an English rose.
Reply #3 of 3 posted 2 APR 05 by Unregistered Guest
Thanks for your reply. I had already purchased a Glamis Castle when I posted the question about it. I have it in a pot also. So far it is doing ok, but it's not summer yet! I have several other austins also in pots. They are slow to bloom and do get leggy. I am trying to figure out if I want to take out more lawn for them or keep them on the patio in the pots.
Would like to know if there others that are having good results with roses in large pots. Thanks!
Discussion id : 5-746
most recent 13 MAR 04 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 11 MAR 04 by anonymous-16253
Betty, Thank you for taking time to answer my questions. Your roses are fabulous!
Can you please comment on Great Century and Heirloom also? These are all new
bareroot plants for me this year. I tend to buy first and ask questions later!
Thanks again
Nancy Fuller
Reply #1 of 1 posted 13 MAR 04 by Betty Ann
Great Century provides absolutely HUGE, exhibition quality flowers. Only have one, and it is a tad stingy with the blooms. Minimal fragrance (like its parent, Queen Elizabeth). Average to below average pest and blackspot problems. It's about 3' high 4ft wide. It's a keeper.

Heirloom is a very reliable bloomer, with a nice sweet fragrance. Blooms last usually 2-3 days in the garden or cut. A bit more susceptible to blackspot than average, no real pest problems. Have three planted by the water. They are about 4' tall.

If you are interested in another lavendar rose--I highly recommend Lagerfeld. Silvery lavendar, it is a long stem blooming machine with Knock Out fragrance. On Fortuniana stock, it towers (without staking) at 8', and about 3½' wide. It will show occasional blackspot, but is so prolific that just pulling off the affected leaves keeps it in check. Lagerfeld photo taken this morning.
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