• December 27, 2012 11:28 AM
    Message # 1167449
    Looking forward to hearing from you all.
    Last modified: December 28, 2012 8:21 AM | Deleted user
  • December 27, 2012 6:57 PM
    Reply # 1167635 on 1167449
    Julia Child hands down has been reliable, disease free, free flowering.  The yellow flowers stay yellow until they fade, but don't turn into an ugly color.  The leaves stay fresh and green and so far haven't succumbed to rust.  The bush has a lovely round shape.

  • December 28, 2012 9:03 AM
    Reply # 1167939 on 1167449
    Brandy hybrid double tea has been a stellar performer with multiple bloom periods - up to four times per year, incredibly beautiful bud shape - totally disease free.  It has a wonderful apricot color.  It's a tea rose that thinks it's a floribunda.  I've specified it for clients, and they love it as well.  It is also widely available.  It is easy to care for -- less is more --deadheading spent blossoms, a little fertilizer, light pruning in January --that's it.
  • January 03, 2013 2:03 PM
    Reply # 1171318 on 1167449
    I am a confirmed 'roseaholic' and grow many different types of resilient roses; the trick is to match the rose with local growing conditions.  A few indestructible roses known to thrive in many climates as well as in my cool, damp coastal garden are: Alexandre Girault (HWich), Archiduc Joseph (T), Bewitched (HT), Bon Silene (T), Kathleen (HMsk), Lagerfeld (Gr), Linda Campbell (HRg), Mme. Alfred Carriere (N), Mme. Antoine Marie (T), Monsieur Tillier (T), Schoener's Nutkana(HNutkana), Seafoam (S),Tamora (S).    
  • January 07, 2013 10:18 AM
    Reply # 1173567 on 1167449
    The cl. rose "Westerland" grows against a mostly west-facing house wall and receives no direct watering, yet blooms reliably every spring to early-mid summer.  I treasure it for its soft orange flowers ("soft" because they are not a shrieking orange, but a blend of orange, pink and yellow that reads as a single "soft" orange color) and its magnificent rose fragrance. The fragrance alone makes it worth growing, but it also shades that entire wall in summer, significantly reducing the heat gain in that room. Though I do not give it its own water, I am sure its roots reach over and steal from my raised vegetable beds.  I don't begrudge it.  
    I noticed that the Weeks catalog shows "Westerland" as one of their offerings.

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