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This is an Ask NGA question! Climbing rose, part 2 by Tkhan May 31, 2017 9:25 PM 1
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Rose Nursery Reports -- 2016/2017 Season by zuzu May 30, 2017 5:10 AM 14
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This is an Ask NGA question! Climbing rose by Tkhan May 28, 2017 10:48 AM 3
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This is an Ask NGA question! what to do about rose thrips by Tisha May 27, 2017 8:17 PM 3
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This is an Ask NGA question! Rose Leaves by RainerSchleicher May 27, 2017 12:14 PM 3
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Drift rose help by Tru4reele May 26, 2017 3:50 PM 3
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Best Sources for David Austin Roses by Steve812 May 26, 2017 9:45 AM 10
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This is an Ask NGA question! Rose plant ill by Hbawa May 25, 2017 10:04 AM 1
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This is an Ask NGA question! Sucker or Grafted Rose?? Eureka Floribunda?? by LVR358 May 25, 2017 8:13 AM 3
This is an Ask NGA question! planning to transplant my iceberg rose from the ground to another area today.. by newbiemomgardener May 23, 2017 10:36 PM 34
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Ecology of a Rose Bud - Aphids and Ladybugs by Steve812 May 21, 2017 12:58 PM 6
Coretta Scott King observation by Calsurf73 May 20, 2017 2:16 PM 0
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Our climbing rose. by Brinybay May 11, 2017 12:30 PM 12
This is an Ask NGA question! Why won't any Rose seeds germinate outside? by keithp2012 May 11, 2017 5:36 AM 4
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Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Mr. Bluebird'), RoseBlush1 wrote:

Interesting fact about the registration and marketing of 'Mr. Bluebird' ...

When Ralph Moore introduced this rose in 1960, miniature roses were in fashion, so he registered it as a miniature rose even though it is a china rose. He used the miniature classification because he said, "No one is interested in buying a china rose".

In some rose literature, it is a cross of Old Blush (a china) x Old Blush. Ralph has said it is a self seedling of Old Blush. Since the pollen parent is uncertain, standard practice is to say it was open pollenated.

Like many chinas, it does need to be pruned lightly in spring for a more prolific bloom.

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Talking about Rose (Rosa 'White Delight'), RoseBlush1 wrote:

I have found 'White Delight' to be a prolific bloomer in my garden in the mountains of northern California. In the summer, my climate has low humidity and high temperatures. 'White Delight', growing own root, is a strong, healthy plant. I don't think I could ask for a better garden rose.

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Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Penny Lane'), Steve812 wrote:

By one measure Penny Lane is a very rare hybrid tea rose (judging from its flowers at peak form) that actually grows in my garden on its own roots. This puts it solidly in the top ten percent of HT roses I have attempted in the mountains of Arizona. So it has vigorous roots, it survives dozens of late spring freezes, and it grows well enough in summers with coolish nighttime temperatures. I've observed no fungal infections, and its blossoms, though fragrant, do not seem to be overly affected by thrips. This said, it is not the most vigorous rose in my garden where it grows on poor soil, gets by on meager rations of water, and competes with the damask rose Nouveau Monde. In about four or five growing seasons its one cane has reached chest height. This is a very convenient height for photographing roses, but not a very generous height for a climber.

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Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Claire Austin'), Steve812 wrote:

Growing in about five years to four and a half feet tall and about as wide, Claire Austin produces flowers about the size and shape of a smallish tangerine. The blossoms start out a pale lemon sherbet yellow that fairly quickly fades to white. Compared to, say, Rainbow Sorbet, the plant seems a little spare with its blossoms - both the number on the plant at once and the frequency with which they are borne through the year. On close inspection, I find that there is a special quality to them, a delicacy that is almost heart-rendingly beautiful. The plant is not so densely branched as a polyantha, but it is well branched enough to look good standing alone in the garden without lots of knee-high plants around it. It has a lovely open shrubby apearance.
As did Charlotte and The Poet's Wife, this rose developed some leaf yellowing that I presumed to be chlorosis in its early years. The problem killed Charlotte and TPW, but this season - with nothing but some foliar sprays that included a bit of iron - Claire Austin's leaves turned a darker shade of grassy green. Fans of really dark rose foliage tinged with gray, purple, or blue may be a little disappointed in the leaves, but the grassy green works pretty well with the flowers. I've observed no disease problems on Claire Austin. I suspect it might be happier in my zip code if it had a few hours of PM shade. I've been pleasantly surprised that the thrips aren't very drawn to the flowers. As of this writing, I cannot report detecting any remarkable fragrance.

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Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles'), Steve812 wrote:

Tess of the d'Urbervilles is a plant that will almost never wow. It builds up slowly but inevitably to about six feet high and about eight feet across. The process can take seven years. During this time it is rarely troubled by insects or diseases. It doles out flowers during the growing season in a somewhat parsimonious manner, but they are always subtly lovely. The color is a magenta-tinged dark red, almost always lovely (at least in coolish summer areas where the petals do not dry out), but rarely stunning. It's a rose I cannot imagine doing without in the garden, but any garden that would depend solely on it for color would be a very somber one, indeed.

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