Reine Victoria on Espalier/Trellis in Bay Area?
Thanks in advance for your advice and for your patience with yet another of my harebrained ideas. :-)
I'm not entirely sure how (OK I caved)... but I seem to have bought Reine Victoria (and Honorine de Brabant) in spite of dire warnings about Bourbons in Northern Ca. I think I saw someone from the Bay Area post that HdB was their best bourbon so maybe I extrapolated that I could grow Reine Victoria... but honestly I don't *really* remember putting Reine Victoria in my online shopping cart. Really. ;-)
I'm in East Bay near Walnut Creek, and my yard is up on a hill facing due west. Even though our neighborhood might get the occasional marine fog during the summer, mostly my yard is hot hot hot and mostly dry, full western exposure, starting late spring and all through summer and our fall "indian summer." I would put her in the warmest, sunniest spot in the yard.
FWIW, Zepherine Drouhin does enormously well in my neighborhood... but I have always refused her outright because she is too big and only blooms once here. But I figure if *that* bourbon works, maybe RV will, too?
(Can you tell I'm in denial here, rationalizing, too? LOL)
So here's what I want to do:
Could I fan Reine Victoria out on a trellis, espalier-style, to keep her upright and fairly narrow? (What I mean is, not an enormous wide spreading bush.)
I *think* I read somewhere that Reine Victoria has more of an upright, compact growing style, so I was thinking that its smaller stature would mean less dense foliage and better air circulation?
The other hottest/warmest spot in my yard is on a concrete patio where I grow SDLM very successfully in a large 20" terra cotta pot. It blooms practically all year long and it only ever shows a little PM during the coldest, wettest part of winter.
So my second choice is to grow Reine Victoria for a few years on the patio in a large container (22" at least or maybe wine barrel) and train it up some sort of small obelisk. Again, this is based on the online descriptions of it being more compact/upright/bendy than other bourbons. But I have no idea if that's true.
Would the trellis/espalier idea work?
If not, would it tolerate a really large container?
I know some people will say "just try it", but but I want to make an informed decision based on the probability of success. I just don't want to waste my time and prime rose real estate if it's completely, completely insane. (A little insane, I can probably live with. LOL)
So many roses, so little space.
Thanks again for your help and your opinions!