What is your most prolific Blooming David Austin?

boncrow66July 1, 2014

I am interested in hearing which DA's are blooming machines in your gardens and holds up to the heat. I have Sophys rose, Jude the obscure, Lady Emma Hamilton, carding mill and Molineaux on my list for possible purchase next spring and welcome other suggestions as well. Thanks!

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Clarion(RI 6)

Sophy's Rose was a very prolific repeater for us. I say was because we grew her in a container and the Polar Vortex killed her over the winter.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 3:55PM
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shopshops

In crazy hot texas my most floriferous Austin's all three years old, are the Alnwick rose, Sophy's rose and Darcey Bussell. I also planted Mollineaux, Princess Alexandra of Kent, Princess Anne and Munstead Wood this year. They are only four months in the ground, but have produced such regular blooms. I am truly impressed with their performance.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 4:03PM
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tuderte(USDA 9a equiv.)

I have two Golden Celebration roses - one planted in 2012 and the other (an own-root) planted just over twelve months ago. They are both prolific bloomers - by the time I finish dead-heading, new blooms are already appearing. We've had a very wet Winter/Spring/Summer (so far) this year and they have both had some black spot but not too dramatic.
Teasing Georgia is another own-root David Austin plant I have (planted in May 2013) which hasn't been without a flower since mid-April.

We had a very hot Summer last year which caused Teasing Georgia to fade very quickly - no sign of that this year. Golden Celebration can take full sun from sunrise to sunset where I am and still not fade.

I have a hedge of Queen of Sweden roses - planted bare root in January 2013 - around 100 plants. They are completely disease-free, very floriferous, have a wonderful perfume, great repeat and last well as a cut flower, too. Definitely the toughest (as in most disease resistant) of all the Austins I have - I cannot recommend Queen of Sweden highly enough.

Hope this helps

Tricia

    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 5:28PM
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boncrow66

I am in Texas so they have to be able to take the heat. I should add that I planted golden celebration, Evelyn and heritage this spring so Tuderte I am glad to hear you have had such good success with your GC, mine is young and healthy and so far a good rose. Glad to hear positive comments about Sophys rose too. Looking forward to hearing more and pics are welcome too!

    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 5:41PM
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boncrow66

Tudert I would love to see pics of your queen of Sweden, I may have to add her to my list.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 7:32PM
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prickles(Los Angeles, CA)

Young Lycidas may do well for you because he likes the sun and heat. He is a willing bloomer and pretty much continuous for me, with scattered blooms here and there in between flushes. Beautiful flowers and delicious scent! Healthy here: no pm, no rust!

Another one is Bishop's Castle--thorny and painful to handle but the flowers can withstand the heat and there is a lovely sweet scent. It blooms in flushes and quick to repeat.

Yves Piaget--not an Austin--but a quick rebloomer, too, and does fine in the heat with an excellent scent etc... But Yves gets mildew--no rust thank goodness--which requires early morning shower/ misting of water over his leaves...

Good luck

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boncrow66

Thanks Prickles for giving me two more Austin's to consider and one that's not a Austin to think about as well.

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Kippy(SoCal zone 10. Sunset Zone 24)

SoCal here, Darcey Bussell wins the old faithful award. Pretty much constantly in bloom all year, every day other than if I cut/prune too much.

Bishops Castle is my second, fast repeat and very happy to do so, but wants to throw long canes. A good one for a back row.

If you like shorter necks and warm white/yellows, Crocus Rose seems to be pretty happy and blooms as well as Bishops Castle. I think this would be a good hedge rose.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 10:39PM
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Sylvia Weiser Wendel

Tamora (3 of them) went in as bare-roots this year. They started blooming in March and have not stopped -- 100-degree heat brought out some of their most beautiful blooms.
Darcey Bussell didn't bloom until May, but she's going strong. QofS bloomed early and blooms often. Tamora, however, is a flower machine, and I enjoy the continuous variation of the blooms and the cinnamon-y fragrance.
Sylvia

    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 11:26PM
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Dinglehopp3r z7A. EastTN

I have a Lady of Shalott that I planted as a bare root this spring & once it started blooming it hasn't stopped it continually produces an abundance of flowers, also I have a Darcy Bussell that I purchased as a 3.75 gal container from my local nursery this spring, planted in a huge pot on my porch, and even with only a few hours of morning sun, it still always has a flower or three on it. My Golden Celebration, also purchased as a 3.75G container, also planted in ground this spring has done an awful lot of growing (maybe due in part to the cornmeal I sprinkled on it for the BS it was suffering from- it has since declined quite nicely) and shooting up long canes like crazy, it is almost taller than me at this point & I'm 5'6", most of those long canes flowered fairly nicely, but they often ended up awkwardly in the center of the shrub, because of the dramatic growth spurts. Lady Emma and Munstead Wood have had some nice flushes, but not as continuous as the above mentioned roses.

Jessica.

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tuderte(USDA 9a equiv.)

Hi Boncrow,

I'm attaching a photo of a section of the Queen of Sweden hedge. Unfortunately, when it looked its best we had house guests and I didn't have any time to take photos:-( I will upload another of the QOS as a stand-alone plant (I had some left over) - I think it grows nicely as a stand-alone bush, too.

Tricia

    Bookmark   July 2, 2014 at 6:12AM
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tuderte(USDA 9a equiv.)

I took this photo yesterday of some blooms on the stand-alone bush. Will go and take a shot of the bush and post it later.

Tricia

    Bookmark   July 2, 2014 at 6:14AM
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tuderte(USDA 9a equiv.)

This is the stand-alone bush - it develops a more rounded form when not grown 75cms away from the next one in line!

Tricia

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boncrow66

Wow Tricia your QoS is just gorgeous! Thanks so much for the pictures. I think the Queen will have to be added to my list. Her shade of pink is so pretty, can she be kept shorter and still produce as many blooms? I can't imagine that that shot of the hedges was not at her best because it is a stunning sight and I am sure in person even more beautiful. I bet the rest of your gardens are just as magnificent.
SoCal I wasn't considering Darcy Bussel but everyone keeps saying what a reliable rose this is for them and you confirmed it for me. And I have thought about crocus rose but wasn't sure if I want crocus or Jude, that will take some more thought :).
Sylvia, I keep forgetting about Tamora, thanks for letting me know it's a blooming machine, I won't be forgetting add her to my list. I have also heard other posters say Tamora has been a good rose for them too.
Jessica, I have thought about Lady of Shallot and lady Emma Hamilton and had decided on LEH but may have to compare the two again. I have seen the pics you have post of your new garden and it is very pretty.
Also glad to hear Darcy bussel is doing well for you too.

My list keeps getting longer and I love hearing about everyone's roses, makes me excited for next spring to get here!

    Bookmark   July 2, 2014 at 10:01AM
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Dinglehopp3r z7A. EastTN

Narrowing down a list of beauties like these is very difficult, I pondered for a while about whether I should go with lady Emma or lady of shalott & eventually decided I needed both & I am so glad I did, they are probably my two favorite roses, I am a sucker for that apricot blended with yellow color. The main differences are: LOS blooms much more, with smaller flowers than LEH, but the coloring on those flowers is absolutely exquisite & there is a lovely soft fragrance, overall she seems like a vigorous grower. LEH still blooms regularly, just not as quickly as LOS, the blooms are larger, somewhat pinker, with beautiful, large petals, & there is a much stronger fragrance than LOS. Neither has shown any signs of disease yet. You really can't make a wrong choice, I also have heard nothing but great things about Tamora, lots of fragrant, beautiful blooms, foms a nice, round shrub....she is on my short list for next year.

Jessica,

    Bookmark   July 2, 2014 at 2:57PM
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boncrow66

Jessica I am leaning towards LEHbecause I've read she is shorter and doesn't get as tall as LOS. They are both beautiful and if I have room for both I will certainly get both but if it comes down to one it may have to be LEH due to her height. I guess I can always keep LOS pruned to a reasonable size. And you are right this is going to be a hard choice but I think once I get all the info I think I need I should be able to make the right choice for my garden. I'm sure my list will have many changes before I order lol.
Has anyone grown carding mill, Molineaux or Charlotte?

    Bookmark   July 2, 2014 at 5:16PM
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ingrid_vc(Z10 SoCal)

I've grown Carding Mill and it was excellent in my hot, dry climate. I've "enabled" several others into trying it and everyone seems to like it. Blooms a lot, disease-free, no octopus canes, apricot, frilly blooms, loves the heat.

Sophy's Rose was great for me until this year. I can only imagine that the drought got to it. Almost no blooms. However, Bishop's Castle only a few feet away is still great in the heat. When I cut the old blooms, I cut way back into the bush to discourage those long canes from forming. It's quite fragrant. Yves Piaget was beautiful at a local casino in August one year when it was blazing hot, and its huge blooms are spectacular.

Ingrid

    Bookmark   July 2, 2014 at 11:34PM
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boncrow66

Ingrid you have already "enabled" me to SDLM so I will probably follow your advice on Carding mill as well. And for sure Sophys rose will stay on my list along with Tamora and Darcy Bussel and Jude the obscure. I really want to add 2 more to the list but haven't decided yet. This is just my Austin list, I have a separate list for OGR's. I am addicted to these roses! This forum has been great at helping me feed my addiction with people who introduce you to new roses that you just HAVE to have lol. :). I love it!

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 9:23AM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

My 'Molineux' always has flowers. When comes time to prune it in January or February, I always face having to cut off a lot of flowers and buds. It has excellent Rust resistance. Some people do not like the fragrance, which is rather musky. I like the fragrance myself.

Another with excellent repeat though not an Austin is 'Bolero', the 2004 version. It's also very fragrant. It is slow to establish, but other than that an outstanding cultivar.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 3:44PM
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boncrow66

Hoovb I think Molineaux is beautiful so I'm glad to hear it does well for you and is always in bloom. Is yours in all day sun or does it get afternoon shade? And is it a monster in size?

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 7:59PM
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luxrosa

NEar san francisco california my neighbors Molineaux is 7 feet tall by 5 and 1/2 feet wide, which is why I don't grow it.
Belle Storey blooms often and well in partial shade here.
Mary Rose has the longest bloom season of any of the 14 Austins in my neighbors yard, it blooms from April through late November with 4 bloom cycles a year, (each lasting from 30-34 days) = c. 128 days of bloom, which is the high average for Florabunda's here.
Lux.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 8:27PM
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poorbutroserich(Nashville 7a)

Coming rather late to the danceâ¦but I have to put in a good word for Charlotte. I purchased two bare root this spring on multiflora. AMAZING rose. Almost continual bloom. The color fades a bit in the heat but a very pretty shape and HEALTHY as a horse. One of my healthiest and she is in a hot spot with reflected heat and in a pot, to boot.
I praise her. Not a "thriller" but better than a "filler".
Tamora is fantastic.
Pat Austin is GREAT! I haven't seen the deep tones yet, she gets dappled shade but the blooms are wonderfulâ¦great as they blow out and fade.
I grown Molineaux. It's in a lousy spot here with too much shade, (although CPM does great there) but when it did bloom the shading was fantastic. I know it is recommended for the South so it's likely mine is just in the wrong place.
I'm trying Anne Boleyn, Wildeve and Charles Darwin this year, own root (just arrived a couple of weeks ago). Anne Boleyn is a bloom machine and very healthy. Wildeve and Charles Darwin are budding up nicely.
If you grow Austins, you must grow Jude the Obscure! It's so slow to build up own root (mine took 5 years) I highly recommend getting it budded.
Susan

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 9:22PM
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boncrow66

Lux sounds like Molineaux may get too big for where I'm going to be planting but I still am going to keep it on my list as a maybe. I was going to pick either Sophys or Mary rose but keep hearing great things about both so I may end up with both.
Susan glad youdid join in, it's never to late I chime in. I for sure have Jude on my list but I am glad to hear a positive response about Charlotte, I will definetely have to give her some serious thought. I have heard mixed reviews on Pat Austin so glad to hear she is doing good for you. My list is getting longer everyday, it's not going to be easy to decide lol. I'll probably dream about my list!

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Kippy(SoCal zone 10. Sunset Zone 24)

I deadheaded two beds today and counted. They both had about the same number of dead heads, but one rose was in bloom and would have really bumped out the count

2 Darcey Bussells
vs
3 Jubilee Celebrations (still had half a dozen blooms)
1 Golden Celebration (small dud of a plant)
Ambridge
Carding Mill
PAOK (still had half a dozen blooms)
Mystery Austin
Bishops Castle (the one in bloom that would have really bumped up the count)

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dublinbay z6 (KS)

boncrow66, I'm not sure where you are located, but in my zone 6 (Midwest) Molineux only grows about 3 to 3.5 ft tall at most. It is narrower than it is tall.

I think Austins often over-grow in California, but in other parts of the country, stay closer to the stated sizes in the Austin catalog .

Kate

    Bookmark   July 4, 2014 at 2:18PM
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the_bustopher z6 MO

My best Austins are Sir Edward Elgar, Lady of Shalott, Blythe Spirit, The Prince, Winchester Cathedral, Lady Emma Hamilton, Carding Mill, Crocus Rose, Munstead Wood, Windrush, and Lichfield Angel. The others I have are a mixed bag with respect to blooming habits, but these I have mentioned are the most consistently prolific.

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boncrow66

Kippy thanks for the run down of the Austin's in your garden, sounds like there are some on my list, so that will help with the selection process.
Kate I am in se Texas and I have heard Austin's tend to grow large here.
Bustopher looks like you have a few on my list too, thanks for letting me know how your are doing.

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Kippy(SoCal zone 10. Sunset Zone 24)

Boncrow, I have decided that unless it is clearly and sold as a small rose, all of the Austins are much bigger than listed.

For me the small (30" tall or less) ones are:
Ambridge
Mystery Austin (thinking Coverdale but tagged PAOK)
Carding Mill

Medium (36-40"):
Darcey Bussell
Munstead Wood
PAOK
Jubilee Celebration

The rest range of big to big/climber in order of sizes.
Mary Rose
Bishop Castle
Golden Celebration (still younger though)
Janet (grafted wants to be a mop of arching canes-I like this)
Young Lycidas (similar to Janet but with thin canes)
Crocus Rose
James Galway
Lady of Megginch (put her in the back she wants to climb)

    Bookmark   July 5, 2014 at 4:33PM
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seil zone 6b MI

Not in your zone but thought I'd chime in that I have both Golden Celebration and Graham Thomas. They both bloom in flushes for me, not continuously, but Graham's repeat is quicker than GCs.

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Tessiess, SoCal Inland, 9b, 1272' elev

Hands down, it is the Austin rugosa Wild Edric. He's blooming now even in upper 90s temps--not a lot of flowers when it is this hot, but most of my other roses are completely shut down. Foliage is always beautiful too. This rose is also one of the most drought tolerant I've ever grown. I have not fertilized him at all since 2012 (the year he arrived from Pickering) when he got 2 or 3 feedings of fish emulsion. Grafted on mulfiflora. No soil amendments. Only gets natural mulch in the form of falling leaves from the giant ash tree he grows under (around 20-30 feet from the trunk).

Wild Edric is a very low maintenance plant. Quite the water-sipper! Mine lives next to a very drought tolerant South African sage, Salvia namaensis (which also interestingly enough blooms for much of the year). Both of these look nice year round and are favorites in my garden.

Melissa

    Bookmark   July 6, 2014 at 4:00PM
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Krista_5NY

The Alnwick Rose repeats well, compact with beautiful fragrance. Bishop's Castle is another lovely rose with good repeat bloom in summer.

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boncrow66

I have enjoyed hearing from everyone on what Austin's bloom best for you. I think I have my list narrowed down but as always this is subject to change lol.
Darcy Bussell
Tamora
Charlotte
Jude
Sophys rose
Ambridge
Lady Emma Hamilton
Carding Milll

I am still thinking about Milineaux but it will come down to space.

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boncrow66

I almost forgot I want Abe Darby too! See my list is already changing lol. I have a small flower bed in the middle of the yard that I have room for one rose, out of Charlotte, lady if shallot or lady Emma Hamilton which one would be pretty by itself surrounde by a variety of dianthus already growing there? I want a bright color like yellow or a orangey color.

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poorbutroserich(Nashville 7a)

Charlotte fades a bit (like most Austins it seems). She starts off a deep lemon yellow. Very pretty. Amount of fade depends on how much direct sun she gets. I think Lady of Shallot of Lady Emma Hamilton might be better for deeper richer color.
Pat Austin is one of my faves!
Abe really fades out for me.
I have a bush of Charlotte that is full of buds and when it blooms I will take a photo. It is against a south facing brick wall that gets blasting sun from 11 to 3.
If you wanted a yellow I would think Golden Celebration would be nice (mine has never been gold, more yellow).
Susan

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 4:41PM
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boncrow66

Thanks Susan, I think LOS or LEH might be the better choice and I will consider Pat Austin. I want something with a happy vibrant color and will not get huge. I can't wait to see a pic of your Charlotte! She is staying on my list for sure but may have to go in a diffent spot.

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Dinglehopp3r z7A. EastTN

For your consideration, here are Lady Emma and Lady of Shalott, they were both planted as grafted, bare root plants about 3 1/2 months before these photos were taken.

Lady Emma Hamilton:

Lady of Shalott:

The main difference that I notice is that Lady Emma's growth habit is much more compact, & round & she grows at a slower pace, where as Lady of Shalott grows every which way, and quickly.

Jessica

This post was edited by Dinglehopp3r on Tue, Jul 8, 14 at 1:49

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poorbutroserich(Nashville 7a)

Thanks for sharing the photos!
Susan

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boncrow66

Ooh LEH is so pretty! Thanks for the pics Jessica! I think big are pretty but I like the growth on Leh better I think. All if your rose pics are so pretty that you post. Anyone have any luck with Scepter d'Isle?

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Dinglehopp3r z7A. EastTN

Boncrow66, thank you!! As a novice, I appreciate that very much! LEH is my favorite rose right now, she's so charming. Sidenote: I just noticed a brand new basal break on her that is over 7 inches long, it must have popped out of there like corn out of it's kernel because I looked for new growth on her last week and couldn't find any. Crazy!

I have never grown Scepter D'Isle, it looks lovely though.

Jessica

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boncrow66

Jessica no one would ever guess your a beginner! And I love your solutions to different problems like your banana smoothies and corn meal for BS, I am going to try the corn meal btw. I know my list seems long and I may have to trim it down some more but I am planting all these roses at our lake house where we will be retiring in a few years so I am adding roses ever year, right now I am planting around our deck and hopefully when we get to retire most everything around the deck will be established and I can move on to different parts of the yard. So if I don't get everything on my list this go round, I will eventually lol. I plan on adding other roses besides Austin's too so it's fun to be on the forum and learn about other roses from everyone.

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dublinbay z6 (KS)

My Lady of Shalott usually has some blooms on it. Munstead Wood is a good bloomer, but seems to need a rest period between.

As to Scepter'd Isle, mine is a couple years old and not very vigorous. Perhaps it is just a more delicate plant. It is healthy, however, and while it barely bloomed the first 2 years, it is now putting out lots of blooms. Haven't had it long enough to comment on its long-term characteristics, but one reason I chose this rose is because other posters assured me it was a good bloomer/re-bloomer. Now that it has started blooming finally, I hope it lives up to its reputation.

Kate

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 7:16AM
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boncrow66

Thanks Kate, I am still on the fence about SdI so I may wait on that one. I really do want munstead wood eventually, I have only heard good thing about it but will probably wait since I'm going to have plenty of time and places to plant.

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Sow_what? Southern California Inland

Boncrow, sorry to be joining in so late. My most prolific bloomer is Claire Austin; she is never without blooms, even in the heat of summer, and the blooms are incredibly beautiful. Alnwick comes in second, and has been flushing over and over, with very short rest periods between bloom cycles. The schizophrenic (colorwise) Carding Mill is another strong bloomer, and is pictured below (taken today). If you are considering Carding Mill, be aware that she is a rose of many colors.

jannike

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 4:55AM
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boncrow66

Thanks Jannike, I have heard only positive things about Claire Austin and will be one I will consider. Your Carding Mill is beautiful. I think the changing colors would be pretty and always a suprise lol.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 8:17AM
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Marlorena(Z8-9 England)

..so far I'm very pleased with this English rose 'Thomas á Becket'... it has a gorgeous old rose scent... and is blooming prolifically although I've not had this rose long enough to compare... but it's fast becoming one of my favourites and I've had problems with Austin's in the past....
it's growing up a short obelisk as I expect it to reach 5 foot unpruned...

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 9:14AM
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harryshoe zone6 eastern Pennsylvania

Here's Tamora rolling into flush #3 this morning. About 75 buds/blooms. She is not just my best Austin, she is my best rose.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 11:58AM
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mauvegirl8(Texas)

Young Lycidas and Bishop's Castle

This post was edited by mauvegirl8 on Wed, Jul 23, 14 at 18:05

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carla17(Z7 NC)

I see lots of people growing Boscobel and Strawberry Hill. I think SH must be a bloom machine but I do not grow it.

Carla

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 1:20PM
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boncrow66

Marlorena your Thomas a becket is beautiful, I love the deep pink color. And Harryshoe I can't believe your Tamora has that many buds, that's awesome. I already have Tamora on my must have list for next spring. I really appreciate everyone's responses and I am doing my research constantly and rearranging my list but so far Tamora has stayed at the top of my list. I have also decided in Ducher for a white rose and Darcy Bussell is top of the list too. Those 3 are for sure going in my garden next spring. The rest is still to be decided lol.

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mustbnuts zone 9 sunset 9

It gets hot, hot, hot here. Central CA. Been over 100 and mostly over 105 degrees plus. Looks like we are working our way back up to 110 to 113 again. Prolific DA's? Has to be the newer varieties. Jude the Obscure is a WIMP! After growing it for several years, it is getting shovel pruned in the fall. Same for Evelyn. Ambridge is pretty prolific but it is not on it own's root and after 15 years or so is reverting back to rootstock.
New ones on their own root that don't stop blooming? Munstead Wood--absolutely fabulous. Same for Princess Alexandra of Kent. Also Pretty Jessica. Peach Blossom is another one but it gets very tall in my area and I treat it as a climber or pillar rose.

Peach Blossom


Munstead Wood

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 12:30AM
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boncrow66

Mustbnuts your munstead woods is pretty. I don't expect my roses to be covered in blooms from spring till fall but i do want a good rebloom. My Evelyn was planted own root this spring and has not stopped blooming, I wouldn't say she is a blooming machine but she does put out about one or 2 blooms a week and I am perfectly happy with that and I think after she matures she will put out more blooms than that for me.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 10:33AM
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rosefolly

Without a doubt, in my garden it is 'Leander'. I grow two of it trained as climbers. One is on a trellis against the front of the house and one is on the fence in the back.

They flush heavily several times a summer if you deadhead them. It is one of my DH Tom's favorites. A thoroughly satisfying rose.

Rosefolly

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 1:18PM
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melodyinz8a

For me it is Golden Celebration and the Ingenious Mr. Fairchild. Neither have stopped blooming since May this year.

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boncrow66

It was so helpful to hear about everyone's best blooming Austin's, I really appreciate all the valuable input. I have been pleased with the Austin's i already have planted this year and now feel confident that whatever I choose for next spring I will be making a educated decision based on everyone's helpful info. Thanks everyone!

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garden_peggy

Mary Rose has been beautiful. Starting to bloom again even without deadheading.

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boncrow66

Mary and Sophys rose are for sure in my list but I may have to choose one and I'm not sure which one it will be.

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I don't know if this will help you in any way, since I only have three; Graham Thomas, Munstead Wood and Molineux. It's Molineux. This rose had an odd growth pattern this spring when it was in a pot. It sent out some long canes that made me think that I might actually have a climber. When I moved it from the pot to the ground several weeks ago, I cut back the long canes, buds and blossoms. It immediately put out a lot of new growth and new buds- lots of them. At first I removed them and then I finally gave up and just let it go. It has been a blooming machine and I haven't even had it a year! So far it hasn't put out any more of the long gangly canes that made me wonder if I had the right rose.

Graham Thomas needs to be moved and did not fare well last winter, Munstead Wood and Molineux are new this spring from D. A. Munstead Wood and Molineux were bare root and all are own root.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 10:52AM
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Kes4353, thanks for the letting me know how your DA's are doing. I'm especially glad to hear Molineaux is such a good bloomer for you. I only have 3 DA myself, Evelyn, golden celebration and heritage. Evelyn was throwing super long canes for me too but I just cut them back even with the rest of the canes and they are getting the idea. My GC has decided it wants to climb so I trainging on my porch railing. So far I love all my Austin's and can't wait to add more.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 2:18PM
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