Question about 'Sweet Chariot'
OK, I know it's not an OGR, but this forum is more familiar to me....
I got 'Sweet Chariot' from RVR this Spring. It grew...and grew...and grew. One cane is over three feet long, and now that it's in the ground, I pegged it to the log edging. It bloomed a few times, but not many flowers -- which I expect from a band. But I'm wondering if I got the right rose.
The growth and leaves definitely look "multiflora-like" which fits 'Sweet Chariot'. The flowers I've seen have been semi-double at best, often straight-single, and usually pale mauve-pink fading to white. They are fragrant, but smell more like Bourbon/Damask than what I'd expect from a multiflora-bred rose (which fits 'Sweet Chariot' as its described as having a damask scent).
I'm wondering if it's a soil-effect. 'Sweet Chariot' does tend to have pale green leaves at first, then they darken slowly. Planted nearby is "Bleu Magenta" which takes longer to green-up with its new leaves. I'm thinking I may need to use some acidic fertilizer in the bed next year (I don't want to add anything now). Could this be related to the flowers on 'Sweet Chariot'? Or is this what it often does in its youth? Or should I start wondering if there was a mix-up? The flowers actually resemble pale 'Blue Mist' flowers, but that rose isn't in RVR's inventory.
I'll go out back and take some pics....