No More Austins for Me
Over the years I've tried quite a few and not many have stayed for long or blown me away with their beauty. I hasten to add that, except for Young Lycidas, I haven't tried any of the most recent productions, and haven't even gotten close to trying the majority of them. Overall though, they've been fussy plants that did well in the beginning and then, for one reason or another, declined. Abraham Darby, Sister Elizabeth, Wife of Bath, Charles Darwin and Janet, all of which I loved, are in that group. Granted, my climate is difficult, hot and dry, but I still would have expected a better success rate. I'm also put off by octopus arms since I don't have the room, and Pretty Jessica, which I thought would be a good rose, has very fleeting blooms. The only two Austins that have done well and which I find beautiful are Bishop's Castle and Potter and Moore. Sophy's Rose does well for me but doesn't totally thrill me. Young Lycidas, which I bought bare-root, should be mature enough by now to judge, but it hasn't been much of a bloomer for me. Hopefully that will be different by next year.
Has anyone else tried the English Roses and found them to be less than ideal in their particular garden?