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Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Demokracie') on January 9, Permastake wrote:

Hello The Rosa Blaze I am trying to add is a climbing rose that grew at my old house for 20 years. the Rosa Blaze listed here I think is a Bush? is it also a climber??
Talking about Rose (Rosa rugosa 'Hansa') on November 11, adknative wrote:

I've had Rosa rugosa 'Hansa' growing in one corner of my yard since 2014 - an amazing feat in zone 3 gardens, where few roses survive. It blooms reliably every year, the fragrance is very much an 'old-fashioned rose' scent and it tops out a bit under 5 feet (I'm 5 feet 2 inches, and it's about eye-level for me.) Even better, it dislikes pruning and is extremely low maintenance.

This past spring was the first time in seven years Hansa offered up a 1-ft, perfectly-shaped off-spring (inconveniently in the middle of a mowed path). So I severed the connecting root and moved the baby Hansa to a new border bed, where it grew nicely all summer. Unlike several other rugosa roses here, Hansa stays put and does not spread or take over other areas of the gardens.

In zone 3, this is a hardy, well-behaved shrub that offers periodic flowers throughout the summer, after the first flush of blooms has passed... and even with (many) allergies, I can actually smell these flowers. I would recommend Hansa to any cold-climate gardener (where roses are hard to come by).
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Dr. A.J. Verhage') on August 15, Hugoskucek wrote:

Good Morning.
I remember the Dr.Verhage Rose from the 1960s. it was a beautiful coloured rose -- deep gold, blushed sometimes on the outside petals with reddish-apricot colour.
The stem was quite ugly and it had heavy thorns and rather ugly large leaves. We used this rose a lot in the flower shop where I worked then in Birmingham. I assumed it had gone out of production because I tried to find a plant for my sister-in-law's golden wedding, as Dr.Verhage was the rose she had carried in her bouquet. Delightful scent also. In the shop we had to clean the stems of thorns. They were lethal, but I think scraping the stems damaged the cell structure? And left them open to bacteria.
It is wonderful seeing other roses on this site that we used. Black tea was a fabulous rose in the 70s and 80s, but it seemed to disappear from the markets as we were told it did not produce enough flowers.

Thank you for the pleasure here. Dr. Verhage is such a different rose today.
I remember Champagne was another fabulous colour, just right for vintage weddings!!
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Nicolas') on July 27, Yonkliang wrote:

Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Belinda's Dream') on July 11, SoCalGardenNut wrote:

Incredibly easy to take care in my garden. It was planted in a tough spot, bad soil, tough corner, full sun, and it thrives.
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Violet's Pride') on July 11, SoCalGardenNut wrote:

This rose is so easy to grow in SoCal, no problem, no spraying, repeat flowering.
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Red Eden') on July 11, SoCalGardenNut wrote:

This rose tends to ball in the rain.
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Belinda's Dream') on July 8, SoCalGardenNut wrote:

Incredibly easy to care for in my garden. It's in a very tough corner, bad soil, it's competing with a lavender, and under full sun, yet it's still doing very well.
Talking about Prairie Rose (Rosa setigera) on July 3, ILPARW wrote:

The specimen with a trellis support at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL, was labeled as Illinois Rose. This species is really found in savannah and along woodland edges rather than in the prairie. It is a shrub with some vine-like characteristics, and it does do some spreading by rhizomes and stolons. It grows about 5 to 7 feet high the most, but can grow higher and grows about 6 to 12 feet wide. Its alternate leaves are compound of 3 leaflets, though older growth can have 5 leaflets. Illinois Rose bears reddish winged stipules at the base of the compound leaf stem. The underside of the leaves have very fine hairs. It gets orange to red-orange to purplish-red fall color. The stems have relatively few thorns that are short, stubby, and slightly curved. The pink flowers fade to whitish and are about 2 to 3 inches wide that are mildly fragrant. It bears rosy-red hips. It is good to renew prune the shrub about every three years, and it blooms on new wood. It is native from Wisconsin to Connecticut to northern Florida to east Texas, and has naturalized a little beyond its first discovered native range, as into Minnesota. I like it! It is not nasty to touch. It is sold by a number of native plant nurseries as Prairie Moon and Possibility Place.
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'America') on June 25, GardensJohn wrote:

I love Rosa 'America'. It's my favorite rose. However, it getting very difficult to find in garden centers or nurseries. Even the online rose stores are either sold out or not in stock. I was able to buy two from Heirloom Roses this year. They seemed to be the only ones that were carrying it. When my two own root rose bushes get big enough, I may try my hand at either rooting or taking a cutting to propagate a few more. That will be a new gardening attempt for me!
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'America') on June 14, GardensJohn wrote:

This is my all time favorite rose. I love its salmon color! I planted three of these roses years ago and love the way they grow and bloom. I lost all of them through neglect, but have finally reordered them and added them to my garden again this year. They came as 'own root roses' from Heirloom Roses (first time I've ever ordered a plant online). They didn't look very good when they arrived. The canes that obviously began growing while in the box during shipment looked almost translucent and yellow. I planted them, gave them some fish emulsion fertilizer as recommended, and now a week later they are green, leafing out nicely, and growing!
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'The Bishop') on May 31, IslandGarden wrote:

This rose smells amazing! Photos do not do it justice - it's quite purple in real life.
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Lemon Fizz') on May 20, Zazinnia wrote:

Vigorous grower and bloomer. It's already almost 5 feet tall. Beautiful dark leaves and the roses do not fade.
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Heaven on Earth') on May 17, Calif_Sue wrote:

This is a Kordes rose, so I was very surprised at how poorly the bush looks every year, not just the blackspot, which I can tolerate to some extent in my other roses, but the rust is so bad that I cringed every time I walked by it. Every year I had high hopes seeing the nice new green foliage, but in no time the rust developed. I gave up thinking it would improve as it matured and I finally removed it.
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Valentine') on April 21, Dewberry wrote:

I planted this rose in the fall, and it bloomed into December! Then it started blooming again, like crazy, in mid-April.

Good color, very floriferous.
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'St. Tropez') on March 7, Chinook_City wrote:

St. Tropez survived its first zone 3b winter very well with protection and was one of the first roses to spring forth in 2020. It wasn't planted till mid October, 2019, so it only got about a week to settle in prior to being hit with a snow storm. It spent the spring and summer in the "Clean 'n Easy" pot that it was purchased in. It grows like a hybrid tea rose with the first flush having single blooms per stem. The blooms last well on the bush and don't fade. It got three flushes, which is good for Calgary's short growing season. Subsequent flushes had small clusters of blooms. The blooms are very fragrant. It grew to just over 3 feet here, so I presume it would be taller in a zone with a longer growing season and if it had established stems from the previous year's growth. St. Tropez was pest and disease free without any spray. Generally black spot is not a big problem in Calgary, but powder mildew is because of the cool nights.
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Rosemoor') on January 28, kniphofia wrote:

Introduced in 2004 by David Austin roses this is a medium to large sized English shrub rose of enormous charm. The small mid to light pink, fragrant blooms with a green eye are held in dainty clusters. Very good coverage on the plant with good repeat flowering. Always a huge favourite of mine at The Alnwick Garden. Named after the Royal Horticultural Society's Devon garden which has a large collection of roses.
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'James Galway') on January 24, kniphofia wrote:

Introduced in 2000 by David Austin Roses to commemorate the 60th birthday of renowned flautist James Galway. A large vigorous shrub which can also be trained as a climber. The blooms are mid pink, paler at the edges of the blooms and have a crimped or pleated appearance. It has a medium old rose fragrance.
Talking about Rose (Rosa 'Harlow Carr') on January 23, kniphofia wrote:

Introduced by David Austin Roses in 2004. A beautiful small to medium sized shrub bearing cupped mid pink blooms in clusters. Thorny or prickly stems. The plant blooms well throughout the season and also from ground height on well stemmed branches. Flowers have a strong old rose fragrance. Named for the Royal Horticultural Society's garden in Harrogate, Yorkshire to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the formation of the Society.
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.

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