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What is your favourite rose? Why?


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Dan03-May-02 10:04 PM EST
Ann04-May-02 07:56 PM EST   
Lee04-May-02 10:13 PM EST 5a   
Val05-May-02 12:20 AM EST 7b   
Ed05-May-02 08:17 AM EST 5b   
Susan05-May-02 10:53 AM EST 6a   
Val05-May-02 05:55 PM EST 7b   
Carol06-May-02 08:56 AM EST 5a   
JoanneS06-May-02 01:24 PM EST 3a   
07-May-02 03:00 AM EST   
07-May-02 02:00 PM EST 5b   
Chris07-May-02 04:17 PM EST 3   
Joanne07-May-02 07:59 PM EST 5a   
Greg07-May-02 11:38 PM EST 6a   
Dan08-May-02 10:27 PM EST   


Subject: What is your favourite rose? Why?
From: Dan
Date: 03-May-02 10:04 PM EST

Hi everyone. I write a weekly gardening column, The Good Earth, for a small city in Ontario. Some of those articles are presented on this website- thanks to Tom and Donna. I plan on writing about roses but I want to try something different. I want to get an up to the minute "read" on what we Canadians think is the best rose. If you would, respond through the Garden Forum. Not only will I get some neat, accurate, and strongly anecdotal data, we should all get an interesting thread to follow. (It does not matter if you're a professional in the green industry, a long time gardener or someone who is just starting. All opinions are valid.) In advance, Thank you.


Subject: RE: What is your favourite rose? Why?
From: Ann
Zone:
Date: 04-May-02 07:56 PM EST

I love the Explorers, also Mordens especially Linda Campbell, lovely flowers that keep on appearing through the summer. Too many choices !!!!


Subject: RE: What is your favourite rose? Why?
From: Lee
Zone: 5a
Date: 04-May-02 10:13 PM EST

Hello I love roses have 10 bushes, all different kinds. My favorite is an English rose call Fair Bianca. Blooms late spring till frost. Very hardy and not hard to care for. Any rose that is made for Canadian winters are great. Also love the Explorer roses.


Subject: RE: What is your favourite rose? Why?
From: Val
Zone: 7b
Date: 05-May-02 12:20 AM EST

David Austen's English roses. I currently have Abraham Darby, Charles Rennie McIntosh, Glamis Castle, and a couple others I can't remember the names of right now. I specifically chose ones that repeat bloom, and are hardy and resistant to disease. They are gorgeous creatures! I prefer the overgrown cottage garden look, and these roses fit right in.


Subject: RE: What is your favourite rose? Why?
From: Ed
Zone: 5b
Date: 05-May-02 08:17 AM EST

I have to agree with Val on those gorgeous David Austens ! And yet, as a single bloom in a silver or cut glass bud vase, Garden Party has to be # 1. An exquisite white with slightly ruffled edge and a hint of pastel pink towards its center. Having had mine awarded " best of show " at a 3- Society combined Rose Show, how dare I disagree with the judges ? ( I realize, all too well, that the accident of timing plays an all-important role in such decisions. )


Subject: RE: What is your favourite rose? Why?
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 05-May-02 10:53 AM EST

I thought I'd give a different twist in my reply - the worst rose! We had to give up growing roses at our previous house as some maple trees grew older and shaded out the rose beds. My favorite rose there when it was still sunny enough to grow them, was a beautiful Mountbatten rose that would blossom into October. When we moved to this house in the fall of 1999, there was a sunny area along the driveway that we thought would be perfect for roses so in the spring 2000 we created a mixed border that included the shrub rose Carefree Wonder. Trying to be smart, I had researched Black Spot resistant roses and had decided to plant Carefree Beauty which is supposed to be quite resistant but we picked up the wrong variety by mistake! Carefree Wonder is neither carefree nor wonderful! After two years of constant battle with Black Spot, I got fed up with weekly spraying and ripped them out! It just about put me off roses forever! However I'm going to give the New Dawn climbing rose a shot this spring. It's supposed to be quite resistant.

So, if you're writing about roses, disease resistance would be a very important topic from my perspective!


Subject: RE: What is your favourite rose? Why?
From: Val
Zone: 7b
Date: 05-May-02 05:55 PM EST

Just thought of another good "carefree" rose -- Snow Pavement. It is a shrubby beast, repeat blooming and hardy. Mine got to be about three feet tall and would have got bigger if I let it. Very solid plant, lots of small corrugated leaves and medium sized blooms. Flower buds are pink, opening to cabbage type blooms, white with pale pink blush to them, and scented. New foliage is chartreuse in the spring, then changes to medium green. Lots of thorns. My only complaint was the petals did not hold up to rain, which we get a fair bit of here in Lotus Land. But it also didn't get black spot. I thought it would make a nice hedge. Hmmm, maybe I should toddle out to the nursery and pick up a few and try it!


Subject: RE: What is your favourite rose? Why?
From: Carol
Zone: 5a
Date: 06-May-02 08:56 AM EST

I love the hardy shrub roses that bloom all summer. For hardiness, the William Baffin explorer is fabulous! Fast grower and covered with blooms! Therese Bugnet is another favourite - beautiful fragrance and very hardy. I planted David Austin's Fair Bianca 2 years ago and fell in love with the flower form and fragrance. This year I've enlarged my garden to accommodate 7 more David Austin roses (which I had a hard time choosing - there are so many beautiful ones). The only rose I've had any problems with is White Dawn - a climber which I unfortunately planted in a windy corner. I've moved it this year, so I hope it will survive. I haven't had disease problems with any of these. I do have to watch for aphids, and take quick action - they're relentless!


Subject: RE: What is your favourite rose? Why?
From: JoanneS (jstraayer@specialty.ab.ca)
Zone: 3a
Date: 06-May-02 01:24 PM EST

Of course the Explorer series. I use William Baffin in place of a climbing rose over an arbour. Also, JP Connell - Looks like a delicate rose, has fabulous scent and is care free in my cold zone.

Overall favourite is the hardy old-fashioned Hansa. Pretty much a staple in prairie gardens. Evoke strong memories of childhood and grandma's garden. Very, very hardy, relatively free of diseases and fungi. One Hansa can fill an entire back yard with scent. They make wonderful privacy screens between you and your neighbours. Some years, my Hansa blooms twice.


Subject: RE: What is your favourite rose? Why?
From:
Zone:
Date: 07-May-02 03:00 AM EST

William Baffin, Therese Bugnet, John Cabot and Hansa for large carefree roses in my zone 3 garden. Also throw in Alexander Mackenzie. My Garden Party is one of the most hardy of the tender roses, always first to bloom.


Subject: RE: What is your favourite rose? Why?
From:
Zone: 5b
Date: 07-May-02 02:00 PM EST

My Great Uncle started a hobby of growing roses - was to be his retirement hobby, but it got well under way before he reached retirement. It may have been his hobby, but his wife and all of his nieces benefited from the beautiful array he had - over 100 shrubs! Of course, with our unpredictable winters, no matter how diligent he was in banking them, he would always loose a few. I so looked forward to my birthday bouquet - my favourites being Tropicana - a gorgeous orangey colour. He also had a beautiful red velvet one - with a wonderful scent - not sure what it was called. I also remember a name of Peace Rose, being one of my family's favourites. I wish I could remember all the names - they were all so beautiful and his pride and joy. It is so sad to drive by his former home now and visualize where his rose beds once were, so sadly replaced by lawn. Roses can bring such pride and contentment to those who grow them and such a feeling of joy for those who are the recipients of them.


Subject: RE: What is your favourite rose? Why?
From: Chris
Zone: 3
Date: 07-May-02 04:17 PM EST

I love the Morden Roses special the Prairie Joy developed by Lynn Collicut, The Morden Blush, Fire glow and Sunrise. All are excellent hardy rose producing an abundance of flowers and low maintenance. Thanks. Chris


Subject: RE: What is your favourite rose? Why?
From: Joanne
Zone: 5a
Date: 07-May-02 07:59 PM EST

Like most of the people responding, I like a rose to be hardy, carefree, and fragrent.I grow shrub roses - Hansa, Agnes and Blanc de Coubert- for fragrence. Rosa glauca has wonderful foliage and hips. My New Dawn has survived 6 years without much protection other than snow cover, and still blooms from July to October with only morning sun.


Subject: RE: What is your favourite rose? Why?
From: Greg
Zone: 6a
Date: 07-May-02 11:38 PM EST

I think my favourite rose is a little different from most of those mentioned so far. First of all, it doesn't have a name. I don't know what variety it is.

My Grandmother acquired the rose bush when they moved to their farm in Brant County (ON) about 50 years ago. I don't think it was a young plant at that time. When they retired and moved into the city in the 1960s, my Grandparents moved it into their suburban garden where it thrived for many years. When she passed away, the house was sold and the new owners insisted that all of the garden plants be left on the property. Finally, a couple of years ago, I was able to acquire the rose bush and move it to my garden in Toronto.

It's quite the plant. The root is more than 4 inches thick, very woody, and it is being very stubborn (after all these years) about establishing itself in my garden. Looking out into the back garden this spring, I can see it sending out a good crop of new green shoots and I'm hoping this year it will bloom again. I remember the rose bush growing in my grandmother's garden. It had a profusion of stems - it was an old fashioned "rambler" which is probably out of fashion these days - and masses of small pink carnation-like blooms which came in flushes throughout the summer. It is not the most beautiful rose bush, but has a lot of history and sentimental value for me.

I hope I'm not straying too far from the topic...


Subject: RE: What is your favourite rose? Why?
From: Dan
Zone:
Date: 08-May-02 10:27 PM EST

Thank you all very, very much. I had to write the article, deadlines you know, but I hope this thread doesn't end. It has been fascinating, hasn't it? What I found most interesting was, heartfelt choices aside, how practical everyone was before wazing eloquently. AGain thankyou all. Fair is fair, my favourites are Bonica as a shrub rose, Joseph's Coat as a climber and Livin' Easy as a hybrid tea. The best "red/black" for me is Cuthbert Grant.


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