Many questions about varieties....
While the weather turns polar I'm entertaining myself with planning a fantasy order from Petrovic roses in Serbia for this fall. Lord knows what my garden will look like by the end of the summer, but if all my recently planted babies die of drought at least I'll have plenty of planting room. (I'll have room if they don't die, too. I've got it worked out.) So, to start, can you tell me anything about the following old/older HTs: 'Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria', 'La France', 'Lady Sylvia' (and 'Ophelia')--both non-climbing forms--'Cynthia Brooke', 'Lady Belper', and 'Marchioness of Salisbury'? Also, your experiences with 'Lady Mary Fitzwilliams', which I grew from cuttings. The other varieties will all come grafted, but of course, I like to propagate from cuttings, so your experiences with ownroot plants are solicited. As to my conditions, we have heavy clay soil, full sun, hot dry summers, wet chilly winters--usually!--and we don't water after the first year. Fungal diseases are not much of a problem here. I don't expect HTs to be frugal and easy to grow, and these might be starvelings for me, I'm aware.
I hope to back with questions about other classes a little later. Those will come in other posts.
Thanks to you all.
P.S. 'Fantasy order' means that I'm seriously considering making an order, but probably won't be doing so until this fall. My current research is therefore to a considerable extent entertainment.