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Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Geoff Hamilton') on January 23, kniphofia wrote:

Introduced by David Austin in 1997, Geoff Hamilton has clusters of globular pink blooms borne in clusters. It has a strong fragrance and blooms in flushes throughout the season. Geoff Hamilton was a much loved presenter of the BBC programme Gardener's World in the 1980s which was broadcast from his garden at Barnsdale in the East Midlands in the UK. Geoff was an early advocate of organic gardening. He died in 1996.
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Shadow Dancer') on January 18, Dewberry wrote:

This rose is impressive:

I had one in Lubbock, TX, where it's very difficult and often impossible to grow things because of the salty, alkaline, heavy clay soil; hot dry climate (in bad years many days are hotter than 110 degrees and the annual rainfall may be at desert levels.); extreme winds; dust storms; occasional bad hail; and surprisingly cold winters.

Our Shadow Dancer rose bloomed profusely all season long. It grew up an A-frame porch swing in the yard, neatly covering one leg of the frame and the top of the frame with masses of big ruffled red and pink blooms, which have a strong raspberry scent. The foliage was also nice and healthy.

Really, this rose could rightly be the most popular climbing rose in the world. But instead it is almost impossible to find. I'd dearly like to persuade growers and retailers to give us Shadow Dancer. It was introduced just more than 20 years ago, so I guess it's out of patent and they wouldn't have to pay for a patent license. Why on earth don't they add this jewel?
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Ambridge Rose') on January 15, kniphofia wrote:

Bred in 1986 by David Austin, The Ambridge Rose is a beautiful repeat-blooming, small-size shrub rose, 2 to 3 feet high. The flowers are a warm apricot blend with a pleasing myrrh fragrance, produced in loose clusters. Named after the village featured in the long-running BBC radio series The Archers. I grew this myself in my Yorkshire garden and can attest to its charm.
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Morning Mist') on January 11, kniphofia wrote:

Introduced by David Austin in 1996 this is a shrub rose reaching 6 feet, bearing large copper-pink single flowers with a prominent boss of stamens held on red anthers. A most unusual colour, the flowers later form large orange hips. It has a light musk fragrance and has a long blooming season. Attractive to insects due to it's single form. One of my all time favourite roses.
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Pink Knock Out') on January 3, ILPARW wrote:

I have never really liked roses, except to buy a bouquet at a florist. My mother had me plant and care for several grafted tea roses on the east side of the old house back in the 1960's & 70's. I always have gotten pricked and/or scratched when working with hybridized cultivar roses. This line of new Knock Out cultivars has been planted around a lot the last two decades and I had to prune and work with these shrub roses for some customers when I was working with a small garden-landscape company from 2002 to 2018. No matter what I wear, I get bitten by these. This line of shrub roses does not need to be fertilized and sprayed. I don't remember any of these having a good strong scent. Deer can nibble on them a little or a lot. A new viral disease spread by some mites called Rose Rosette Disease is killing off lots of these and other cultivated roses. This new disease must be native to eastern North America, as it does not really harm the native species of roses as: Virginia Rose, Illinois Rose, Carolina Rose, Swamp Rose, etc.
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Ambridge Rose') on August 29, flowerchild75 wrote:

Blooms prolifically with really fast repeats. Unlike my other Austins, Ambridge tolerates hot temps in the upper 90s and up, extreme humidity, and full sun without any trouble or problems. For me, here in 6a, blooms are mostly light apricot (very pastel) and fade to almost white by day 3. A very compact and tidy bush. Ordered mine as a bare root directly from David Austin's website and planted it the third week in April of 2020. It took off and has been blooming like crazy since early to mid July. Foliage is healthy and attractive. Has a lovely, sweet fragrance that is just right, yet not overpowering, with notes of honeysuckle and myrrh. Definitely a winner and must-have in my book!
Talking about Lady Banks Yellow (Rosa banksiae f. lutea) on June 28, jathton wrote:

If you were to go to YouTube after reading this comment and type in "Shady Lady" or "The World's Largest Rose" you would be taken to a 6 minute film. The film will tell you a fascinating story about, I believe, the white flowering form of Bank's Rose.
This particular Lady Banks Rose, as of 2017, completely covers an arbor that measures 9,000 square feet. In its native habitat of central and western China it typically grows at elevations of 1,640 - 7,218 feet.
But this rose nowhere near acquired the status in China that it grabbed in Tombstone, AZ.

The "Shady Lady of Tombstone" was, in 1970 when I first saw it, and continues to be somewhat awe inspiring. In 1989 my mother was contemplating replacing the canvas arbor that covered her patio... but the $4,000 cost did not appeal to her at all. So I suggested the yellow form of the Lady Bank's Rose.

Ten years later the rose had covered half of the arbor and it absolutely glows when the entire plant is covered in small, double pale yellow flowers.

If you have an arbor and you are contemplating a climbing plant for it... I strongly recommend this terrific rose.

Talking about Rose (Rosa 'First Prize') on May 11, sallyg wrote:

This is a lovely and fragrant rose, but like most roses in my garden, plagued by some early tiny caterpillars (sawflies?) and black spot. I no longer have it.
Talking about Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora) on March 2, janelp_lee wrote:

Easy to grow from seeds or cuttings. Small, single, fragrant white flowers in late spring in huge numbers. Good for cut flower use, the flowers also attract bees and butterflies. The pea-sized rosehips turn from green to vibrant orange-red in late summer and last throughout the winter until the next early spring. The twigs with red fruit are excellent as cut flowers in outdoor winter planters as filler or indoors as cut flowers in vases. The twigs with red fruit also can be used dry as gift wrap decorations. The smooth, thornless canes are very friendly to gardeners. Fast growing, so it can be invasive.
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'White Meidiland') on February 15, jathton wrote:

'White Meidiland' is a shrub rose that was introduced and patented by the House of Meilland in 1987. [The House of Meilland is also the source for one of the world's most popular roses... named 'Peace' at the end of World War II]
Since its introduction it has gained a solid reputation for glossy, dark green foliage... a shape that is significantly wider than tall [2-3 feet x 4-6 feet]... pure white blooms that occur in clusters and that have a petal count of 35 or more... a long bloom season... and a tolerance of a wide range of growing conditions. It also has excellent disease resistance and will bloom in partial shade.
Central Oklahoma has been subject to an infestation of Rose Rosette Disease in the past few years... so it should be noted that this rose, like so many others, has no known resistance to this particular disease. In areas where this particular disease is occuring gardeners should probably avoid planting this rose... or, as brutal as this sounds, any rose.
If, however, this disease is not a problem I would strongly recommend 'White Meidiland' as a tough, attractive, floriferous rose that will not disappoint.
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Garden Director Bartje Miller') on December 20, zuzu wrote:

Exciting, dramatic, and even flamboyant! Lustrous foliage, so glossy that it looks polished, encircles high-centered blooms of dark red, almost black, with a copper reverse. The blooms age to a russet-brick color that is equally striking. This hybrid tea does not have the typical upright and narrow habit of a hybrid tea in my garden. Its strong branches spread out, creating a bush that's 5-6 feet tall and 5-6 feet wide. This stunning rose does have one shortcoming: It has almost no heat resistance. During the hottest days of summer, some buds refuse to open, while the petals of the open blooms flatten out and lose their definition.
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Sisters at Heart') on December 20, zuzu wrote:

This floribunda has a nice bushy habit, creating a shrub that's as wide as it is tall and covered with blooms from top to bottom. The canes are strong and sturdy. The clustered blooms, in a pleasing blend of apricot and pink, are produced in profusion and are highly fragrant. They are also remarkably heat resistant, never losing the precise arrangement of their petals even on the hottest days of summer
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Heaven on Earth') on December 20, zuzu wrote:

Heaven on Earth is an interesting rose because the color of its blooms cannot be predicted. They're usually coral-orange, but sometimes they're closer to yellow or cream, and occasionally they're unmistakably pink. It's not an impressive rose bush. The canes and branches often are too weak to hold the large blooms upright.
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'English Perfume') on December 19, zuzu wrote:

The patent description of English Perfume states that the rose grows to 5.5 feet tall and 3.5 feet wide at maturity and that it produces large 5-inch blooms on long stems of 18-22 inches. I suppose this must be true of the grafted variety, but the rose has been available only on its own roots for many years now. I have two own-root English Perfume bushes and they're more like mini-flora roses: 2.5 feet tall and 2 feet wide, with blooms of 2-3 inches on short stems. I'd trade them for the grafted variety in a New York minute, but in the absence of that possibility, I'll never give them up. The elegant ruffled blooms override any drawback. The colors are exquisite -- a mauve center and outer petals of a pale silvery-lavender with mauve edges. The scent is also outstanding -- the damask fragrance of antique roses.
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Purple Tiger') on December 19, zuzu wrote:

Purple Tiger is legendary for its poor health. Its purple and white blooms are quite beautiful and dramatic, but the rose bush itself has many drawbacks. It is not a vigorous rose, its canes and branches are weak, and it is so vulnerable to black spot that it usually loses most of its leaves early in spring and remains almost completely defoliated for much of the season. It also seems to have a shorter lifespan than other roses, typically dying after only 6 or 7 years of life.
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Regatta') on December 19, zuzu wrote:

Regatta has been very happy in my garden for the past 20 years. It has sturdy canes climbing to about 6 feet in height and blooms of a soft coral-pink with a cream reverse. It is an amazingly undemanding rose. It's growing under a huge black walnut tree, making the most of only a couple of hours of sun each day after the tree leafs out in spring. It's one of my roses with a raspberry scent, my favorite fragrance in roses.
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Bill Warriner') on December 18, zuzu wrote:

This was one of the top performers in my garden for almost 25 years. It was large for a floribunda, about 5 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide, and it was generous with its blooms, producing clusters of perfectly shaped blooms of a coral-pink hue in large numbers for most of the year. It originally was growing in the dappled shade of a small oak tree. As the oak tree grew, so did the shade, and I moved the rose to a sunnier spot. That's where the gophers found it last year. Apparently, it's delicious in addition to having those other positive features. I will buy it again.
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Queen Nefertiti') on December 18, zuzu wrote:

Queen Nefertiti's dark red buds are deceptive. They open into many-petaled, often quartered blooms that are pale apricot with a golden center, gradually fading to a peach and pink blend. It's one of the smaller Austin roses in my garden. It's such a pretty rose that I'm growing two of them because it deserves to be on display in more than one part of my garden. Both of mine are only 2 feet tall and 2 feet wide. The foliage is marred by rose slug damage for a couple of months each year, but it looks fine the rest of the year.
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Allamand-Ho') on December 18, zuzu wrote:

This is one of Dr. Buck's prettiest roses, producing blooms that are golden yellow with a red edge in full sun or pale yellow with a pink edge in dappled shade. I've bought the rose twice, from two different own-root nurseries. The first died quickly, after only a few months. The second is still alive, but it's only about 8 inches tall after 10 years in a good flower bed where every other plant is doing well. The shrub is supposed to be 3-5 feet tall, but I think that description might date back to the days when all Buck roses were grafted. If I ever find it grafted, I certainly will buy it.
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Pure Poetry') on December 17, zuzu wrote:

When Pure Poetry first appeared in the Jackson & Perkins catalog about 20 years ago, everyone wanted it. It remained wildly popular for the next two or three years and then disappeared. It's now offered by a few own-root nurseries, but the photos of it on some of their websites bear little resemblance to the original Pure Poetry.

I bought mine the year it was introduced and it's been one of the top performers in my garden ever since. It is large for a floribunda, 5-6 feet tall and 4-5 feet wide, and it's extraordinarily generous with blooms. Carried in large clusters, the blooms open in a blend of pink and light orange and gradually fade to a light apricot blend, best described as peaches and cream. It is remarkably tolerant of a variety of conditions. It grew large and bloomed almost nonstop in the shade of a persimmon tree for its first 10 years in my garden, and it's still blooming almost nonstop in full sun now that the tree is gone.

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