Roses forum→rosa 'Golden Celebration'

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Aptos, California
brucehill22
Jun 2, 2018 6:43 PM CST
Hi: My 'Golden Celebration' rose flowers are all facing down, like they are made of lead. Some are so heavy that they break the branches. Is this a pruning issue? Should I remove some of the buds prior to blooming? Is it a fertilizer issue? Thanks for any help you can give on this.
Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Jun 2, 2018 8:17 PM CST

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Some of David Austin's roses are known to have "nodding" blooms. The canes just aren't strong enough to hold the big blooms upright, so they bend downward. I'm not certain that there's a cure for it. In my experience, Pat Austin is the most extreme "nodder." I've tried all types of "remedies," but I still almost have to lie on the ground on my back to photograph the blooms on Pat Austin.

In some cases, this can be a good thing. Golden Celebration is about 12 feet tall in my garden. If the blooms didn't nod, I'd see only the underside at a distance and would miss the look of the blooms in their full glory.

Many of the Austin roses don't have this problem, however. Graham Thomas, Charlotte, Molineux, and The Pilgrim are Austin roses with blooms similar to those of Golden Celebration, and there are other yellow Austins that don't nod, so you could replace the rose with another Austin if it really drives you nuts.
Aptos, California
brucehill22
Jun 2, 2018 8:22 PM CST
Thanks much - I can only hope that mine gets 12' high!
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis Irises
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zuzu
Jun 2, 2018 8:25 PM CST

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It probably will in Aptos. Smiling
Aptos, California
brucehill22
Jun 2, 2018 8:52 PM CST
Quick question: I've never had a rose as fragrant as Golden Celebration. Is Graham Thomas as smelly?
The flower looks just as beautiful.
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Sages Forum moderator Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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zuzu
Jun 2, 2018 9:54 PM CST

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It's been so long since I smelled Golden Celebration that I don't remember the fragrance. That's what happens when roses get too tall. I love the fragrance of Graham Thomas, though. It smells like tea with lemon.
Aptos, California
brucehill22
Jun 4, 2018 8:09 AM CST
Thanks much!

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