I Want (But Shouldn't) Reine de Violettes
I didn't really understand all the fuss about RdV although I love purple roses and it's certainly very pretty. Then I saw and smelled a single bloom in person and I haven't been the same since. It's the combination of beauty and fragrance that did me in. I know I'd have to rip out another rose to make room for it (and it looks dauntingly large in photographs I've seen) and I doubt it could stand the heat, but I can't seem to stop thinking about it. Has anyone successfully grown this rose in a hot, dry climate? Is the rebloom even halfway decent? Does it always have such a wonderful fragrance? I'm almost hoping someone will talk me out of wanting this rose. Blackspot is not an issue here and mildew only a minor one, but many roses that I've discarded have left because the blooms have fried so quickly. Any input, positive or negative, would be much appreciated.