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'Sarah van Fleet' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 116-783
most recent 18 MAY HIDE POSTS
Initial post 18 MAY by Hamanasu
The scent is as close a match to the true attar of quatre saisons as you will get on any rose (among other things, presumably this is because the flower form means both petals and stamens contribute to the blend). The problem is that you seem to need very specific conditions for the scent to actually be there. 90% of the time, in my experience, there is nothing to smell (at least in my English climate). The flower is a beautiful shade of fresh pink and very attractive when still cupped. As it opens more, both the colour and shape become undistinguished, in my opinion. My plant, grown in a pot, produced fiercely thorny, upright canes (some of the most prickly and hazardous on any rose), with a small bouquet of blooms at the tip. There are leaves on the whole length of the canes -- in fact enough of them to almost completely smother the relatively small and few blooms, which are also not very long lasting and slowish to repeat. I might have put up with all these drawbacks if the scent had been dependable. It might just be that I did not provide it with suitable growing conditions. Probably too vigorous for pot culture, and probably a good candidate for pegging down.
Discussion id : 65-123
most recent 27 APR 14 SHOW ALL
Initial post 17 JUN 12 by paul_zone5ct
I feel this may be the best rugosa. Its flowers do not have the muddled centers typical of other double-flowered rugosas. They are peony-like. The spring bloom is traffic-stopping. Continues on and off all summer. I am trying the white sport of this rose - Mary Manners. I expect it will also be a stunner.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 27 APR 14 by Patricia Routley
I too think it might be among the top rugosas. Mine, on its own roots, was superb in the first few years. But eventually it looked just frightful with all its dead wood, so I ventured in to snake gully and pruned it. With no summer watering at all, it has never really regained its tall magnificence.
Discussion id : 49-675
most recent 14 NOV 10 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 14 NOV 10 by slvrbckg
I have been growing Sarah Van Fleet in my zone 5, Ithaca, NY, garden for 7 years. It is almost never without flowers from early June until a killing frost. My bushes of this rose are over 8 feet tall and at least as wide. Strongly fragrant and disease free, it is one of my favorite rugosas.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 14 NOV 10 by billy teabag
And here in hot dry Perth, the story is exactly the same, apart from the bit about frost. Beautiful, fragrant, healthy and very reliable.
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