First Blooms On Alnwick

Sow_what? Southern California InlandMay 8, 2014

I am blown away by the prettiness of this rose. Every aspect of it, from the fresh spring green of the foliage, to lovely shape of the shrub, to the unbelievably pretty pink of the blooms now smothering the little shrub. I planted this bare root in late March when temps were in the mid nineties, and it's the last of my Austins to bloom. I couldn't have created a prettier plant if I had a magic wand. Isn't it nice when a rose presents even better than expected? I just hope the magic lasts.

The picture below doesn't come close to doing justice to this Alnwick rose. If I can fit it in, I'll take a picture of the whole shrub.

jannike

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Mendocino_Rose(z8 N CA.)

I'm glad you are pleased with it. I like this rose too.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 9:01AM
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annesfbay(9b Sunset 15)

It is very beautiful!

Anne

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 10:35AM
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mauvegirl8(Texas)

Very nice photography!

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 11:25AM
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Sylvia Weiser Wendel

I have two of these and the first flush was intense. Alas, it seems to be over now.
Does anyone know if DA is de-emphasizing this rose for some reason? It wasn't on the English Roses list at Otto & Sons Rose Days (they have a DA test garden). It's obviously growing well in southern California, so I have no idea why it wouldn't be listed. How does DA determine which roses should be retired and/or quietly relegated to obscurity? Another example is "Skylark," which while prominently listed in the catalogue doesn't seem to be in stock anywhere around here.
Thanks,
Sylvia

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 1:44PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

How does DA determine which roses should be retired and/or quietly relegated to obscurity?

1. How well it sells.
2. If they have a new one that is very similar to the old one, but is a better or slightly better performer.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 6:55PM
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fogrose(zone 10/sunset 17)

Wish I could grow Austins but they hate my garden. Sigh.

Nice photo. Glad it's doing well for you.

Diane

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 9:05PM
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jumbojimmy(Australa)

I used to grow this rose few years ago. The blooms were very pretty. However, I got rid of mine because: 1) mine was baldy infected with a virus and 2) The scent was wonderful in the beginning but from there, I could not detect any fragrance.

Gradually, my taste changes. I like big rosettee shaped blooms (i.e Evelyn, Tea Clipper, Princess Alexandra of Kent) than cupped blooms.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2014 at 1:01PM
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sidos_house

Beautiful, Jannike. I just planted The Alnwick Rose this winter and am looking forward to its first bloom. Looking forward to a shot of the entire shrub from you! I love DA's roses.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2014 at 9:30PM
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boncrow66

Beautiful rose! Love DA roses!

    Bookmark   May 9, 2014 at 9:58PM
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