Tea Clipper...

jerome(z9 CA)April 23, 2011

Dear friends came to visit today and brought a huge bunch of roses including Tea Clipper....and they want to give the plant to me in October. I am very excited about this, as the flowers are spectacular and smell great. I think it gets pretty big out here in California, so I'll just put it somewhere where it can get huge like Teasing Georgia did. Gardening's great...and gardening friends can't be beat!

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buford(7 NE GA)

Mine is big so far, not as big as TG, but puts out long thing pliable canes. I'm still waiting for it to burst our in blooms. I didn't really pay attention to it before this year, I didn't think it would get that big (it's always a mystery with these Austins how big they will get in our warm climates). I have to see if I detect a scent.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2011 at 7:50AM
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Mendocino_Rose(z8 N CA.)

How nice Jerome. They know you'll give it a good home. I planted one last fall. It's doing very well. We'll see how big it gets.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2011 at 10:42AM
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peachiekean(z10A CA)

Thank you again, Jerome. It's so fun to talk to you, with all your enthusiasm for old roses. Buford, Tea Clipper has huge flowers and makes a great bouquet. The bush is excellent healthwise and has only a few thorns. I'm short on space so I refer to Jerome who has tons of it. His roses are so breathtaking!

    Bookmark   April 24, 2011 at 5:56PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Stingy beyond belief. Spectacular flowers, though, so if you have lots of room, why not?

    Bookmark   April 25, 2011 at 3:46PM
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thats a very pretty rose. I was thinking it is too bad it is a "stingy" bloomer, as it is a great color, If someone could cross it with a Tea rose, such as "Clementina Carbonieri" it might produce a shapely, colorful and floriferous rosebush.
I've often thought it is too bad Mr. Austin has said in an interview that he doesn't like Tea roses...sigh.. I do wish he would breed Tea roses, because he is very talented.
A "tea clipper" was a type of British ship used to bring tea from China. I've been re-reading the Patrick O'Brian series of books about naval warfare in the early 1800's and all things naval have been on my mind lately.


    Bookmark   April 25, 2011 at 7:07PM
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jerome(z9 CA)

I'll plant it where it can get really large (like Teasing Georgia) and just wait. Other Austins were very shy about blooming here (Brother Cadfael comes to mind) and after about 6 years in the ground have come to flower much more. I'm not in a rush, and it doesn't look like I'm moving anytime soon... :-)

    Bookmark   April 25, 2011 at 10:12PM
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kstrong(10 So Cal)

Hmmm -- not stingy at the Barona Casino's Display Garden of Austin roses. But a huge plant (and to make matters worse, they plant them in threes, per D.A.'s recommendation) and then they intertwine them all together. Tea Clipper is one that doesn't need that treatment. I put it on my list after viewing that one as one I'd like to get.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2011 at 10:18PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Not stingy at Barona? Well I will keep trying with mine then. Thanks for that comment kstrong. 'Jude The Obscure' took five years to bloom well. I keep thinking TC is the same, but it has been four years now without improvement.

I'll see if The Blue Juice does anything.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2011 at 3:05PM
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One of my newer release David Austins has been giving out some stand out lovely blooms like in the spectacular photo above. Though, at the moment my garden is quite wild and I haven't bent to find its name in the grass. Now I know it is Tea Clipper !

    Bookmark   April 27, 2011 at 8:37AM
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jerome(z9 CA)

Does anyone have any full-bush shots of the plant? Mary's is a wonderful shape, large but a true shrub and so attractive it can stand on its own without blossoms. I saw it right in early spring as it was finishing leafing out.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2011 at 9:47AM
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peachiekean(z10A CA)

Nice rounded bush

    Bookmark   April 27, 2011 at 3:50PM
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buford(7 NE GA)

OK, my Tea Clipper finally popped! And I ran out to take pictures before the tornadoes hit (only kidding, I hope.)

Here is a shot of how it looks from our deck. Next to it is Frau Karl Druschki. Keep in mind that I know I have to move one of these roses. The Viburnum just exploded in growth this year after being about 4 feet tall for 3 years. Although I do like the color contrast between TC and FKD. Sort of like a creamsickle.

Here's a closer picture. The growth habit of my TC is a bit lanky, much like Teasing Georgia. I have been trying to keep it in bush form, but this year it put out very long canes. I even took it down in the fall, but it didn't matter. So I think I will let it go along the fence

Here you can see the long canes, the blooms on top are laterals. I'm training the canes under the netting I had to keep my cat from jumping over the fence.

And now some blooms!

    Bookmark   April 27, 2011 at 7:03PM
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the_bustopher z6 MO

So far I have not been overly impressed with Tea Clipper. For me it has been just an extended once-bloomer. I have not gotten any repeat bloom on it at all. Perhaps it will improve with age since these Austin roses take time. I also do not care for the aging qualities of the flowers that fade from a nice apricot coloring as shown above to a color like dirty dishwater. It wants to bleach out to a cream and almost tan color. The jury is still out on this one.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2011 at 11:56PM
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jerome(z9 CA)

Thanks for all the pictures. They're beautiful. I don't mind the way the blooms age in this climate/color scheme. I am getting more and more pleased to be getting this rose! Thanks to Peachiekean!

    Bookmark   April 28, 2011 at 3:03PM
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