Roses coming in in odd colors?

evan_nj(6)June 15, 2005

I'm in year two of gardening in central NJ so I have a lot to learn about the climate. I planted a number of David Austin roses this year and last and the colors are coming out oddly. All my yellow roses are much lighter than described or past experience in the midwest led me to expect: Graham Thomas is flowering practically white, as is Malvern Hills, (both supposedly rich yellow), and Molineux (three plants) is mixed apricot/yellow rather than yellow.

Can this be just an effect of the recent heat wave? Do I have a soil problem of some sort? Or did I get some bad plants from David Austin USA.

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My Molineaux was pure yellow last year and this year it seems to have a hint of pink along the edge. Even the first flowers were pure yellow too. It could be the heat wave. Also Graham Thomas could be sun bleached too.


    Bookmark   June 16, 2005 at 9:23AM
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diane_nj 6b/7a

Heritage is near white this year, and it's doesn't get full sun. It's puzzling. I would have said the wet spring, but we've had wetter springs without this color issue. Not helpful, but similar situations. We'll have to check again with the next flush.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2005 at 4:23PM
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mprats(z6NJ Plainfield)

My molineux also came out apricot & yellow, and my Fair Bianca came out pink the first time but then the heat wave and strong sun bleached it. I noticed that the strong sun had an effect on all my roses, bleaching them mostly (even Knock Out lost its neon cherry red) and burning some petals. Even Constance Spry was bleached, which upset me given that it only blooms once a year. The sun was so strong that it made the petals of La Belle Sultane droop; the flowers barely lasted more than one day, grrrr.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2005 at 10:27PM
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