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Nov 29, 2010 9:08 PM CST
|I'm not finding a whole ton of information out there - but I adore the look of its blooms.|
Good, bad, anything???
Nov 29, 2010 9:41 PM CST
|Hi, Chelle. I avoid growing Albas in general because they only bloom once a year and I just don't have the space for any more roses that don't rebloom, but I agree that this is a gorgeous rose. When I looked it up on HMF, I saw that it's available from many sources other than Hortico.|
Unless you're absolutely determined to buy it from Hortico, I'd caution you against taking that chance. Hortico's like the "little girl with the little curl": When it's good, it's very, very good, and when it's bad, it's horrid.
Nov 29, 2010 9:54 PM CST
I've been lucky I guess - so far every single one of my Hortico roses are shining like jewels on a sunny day.
I'll have a look at the other suppliers as well though - thanks for the tip!
Nov 29, 2010 10:04 PM CST
|I'm so happy for you, Chelle. There's nothing like a good Hortico rose. Some of the biggest and most beautiful roses in my garden came from Hortico, but they've sent me a lot of mislabeled roses in the last couple of years, and some that may have been labeled correctly but were dreadfully inferior rose bushes. If you're having good luck with them, take the chance. I'd rather have a good rose from Hortico than any rose from most of the other sources on HMF.|
One of these days I might take a chance on them again, but I'm still feeling too burned by some recent experiences. I've started making my Canadian purchases from Pickering and Palatine, and they're both just great, but they can't match Hortico's assortment.
Nov 29, 2010 11:28 PM CST
|It's kind of funny - the roses I spent the most dollars per plant on last year/this year were the only ones I had to pamper through our brutal drought this summer. The sweet little bands thrived and bloomed much more than I expected them to. On the other hand, those expensive plants with the huge and spreading root systems had to be babied along. To me that's just strange, but then I'm only a newly successful rose gardener so any good is great!|
My last bud/bloom of the season on Charlotte -she finally decided to do something! (Photo taken about 5 weeks ago.)
Nov 29, 2010 11:44 PM CST
|Beautiful photo, Chelle. Please add it to our database along with other photos you've taken this year (and before).|
Nov 30, 2010 12:02 AM CST
|Really? I thought since it wasn't very opened up it wouldn't be a great candidate for the database - but yes, maybe it would help someone see what it looks like at different stages. I should be able to work with photos a bit tomorrow. Once I get those roses (and other plants) that need winter protection taken care of I'll have lots of time for image work as well. Thank goodness! Winter really used to drag along - it sure helps to have something (else) productive to do when the winds are hostile and the air is beyond freezing. |
Nov 30, 2010 1:27 AM CST
|Oh, yes. Photos of the bloom at any stage are welcome. Also photos of the whole rose bush or of its foliage, hips, thorns, etc. All of those are of interest and are appreciated.|
Here's the entry for Charlotte, just so you don't have to look for it tomorrow. There are no photos of the bud phase yet, as you can see, so yours will be a welcome addition.
Nov 30, 2010 1:54 PM CST
|I managed to get some photos in there today. More later.....|
Nov 30, 2010 4:42 PM CST
|Yes, you did and they're all wonderful. Thanks so much!|
Nov 30, 2010 6:40 PM CST
| Thank you!|
I'll get some more in soonest.
Nov 30, 2010 9:25 PM CST
zuzu said: When I looked it up on HMF, I saw that it's available from many sources other than Hortico.
How do I find the suppliers on HMF? I can't figure it out, but I may need to....can't access Hortico's site at all right now.
Nov 30, 2010 10:13 PM CST
|Hortico's site is doing a very weird thing, isn't it? I've never seen that message on a site before.|
When you go to HMF, look up the rose you want. There are several roses named Chloris, so click on the one that says it's an Alba. Then you'll see tabs across the top of that page. Click the tab that says "buy from." That takes you to page listing the HMF sponsors that carry the rose. At the bottom of that page, click on "View all nurseries selling this rose." That will give you the full list.
Incidentally, one of the best tabs on the HMF pages, in my opinion, is the "photos" tab (second from the left). It shows you all of the photos of the rose people have contributed to HMF.
Dec 1, 2010 12:01 PM CST
|Thank you! For some reason I didn't see the "buy from" tab. Off to take another look!|
Dec 1, 2010 12:03 PM CST
|Well heck, if I'd used the link you posted before it would have taken me right there! Sorry, I'm a dope.|
Dec 2, 2010 12:08 AM CST
|Not such a dope: The link would have taken you there, but you might not know how to get back there later without the link.|
Anyway, Chelle, Hortico's back on line now. Happy shopping.
Dec 2, 2010 5:37 AM CST
|Yeah, I found out earlier that they were back up - after trying for 2.5 hours to put together an order for a few roses from RVR. Finally gave up ordering from there. I'll try them again sometime in the new year, maybe they'll make their online ordering system a bit quicker to make selections from.|
I did order 'Chloris'. We'll soon have the opportunity to see how it does in Indiana.
Dec 2, 2010 10:47 AM CST
|Good luck with Chloris. It's an alba I'd forgotten about. Looks great. |
When I gardened in NJ, some of my favorite roses were Albas. I was especially fond of Konigen von Danemark (Queen of Denmark). I think the nursery where I bought it has since closed, but I expect Pickering might have it. And maybe High Country Roses.
If memory serves me correctly, David Austin's Queen of Sweden resembles Chloris, a bit. Not sure if it will be quite so well branched as an alba; but I do know DA admires albas greatly and has used them in his breeding program.
Dec 2, 2010 11:06 AM CST
|Thank you Steve. I'm excited about it!|
I think I read somewhere that Chloris is apt to bloom in July. If that's the case one of two things will likely happen - either she won't bloom at all because it's too hot, or I'll have a really nice parade of once bloomers!
I think Queen of Sweden was one I had on my wants list too;-)