Mass planting of Carefree wonder: amazing spring flush!

pappu(z5 IL)June 1, 2006

Planted two rows of carefree wonders last year after much debate on the forum about carefree wonder vs carefree beauty. Finally decided on Carefree wonder and boy was it a good choice! An extraordinary flush, blooms so dense that you cannot see the leaves. The pictures do not do justice to the luminous pink blooms. A mild scent but with so many of the blooms, the scent actually wafts! Great, great landscape rose.

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rosedreamer(Vic Aust)

That is just beautiful - well done

Sue

    Bookmark   June 1, 2006 at 2:27AM
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jean_ar(z8 Ar)

That is really beautiful.A real show stopper,and I love that standard rose in the pot,too.

jean

    Bookmark   June 1, 2006 at 4:09AM
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juliaam

What a gorgeous border! Can you please tell me how many bushes it took to create your border? I've never seen such a splendid rose border.

Julia

    Bookmark   June 1, 2006 at 7:18AM
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pianoman(z6 Cleveland)

Those aren't roses, those are azaleas!

Seriously, I've never seen such a display. Enjoy it and congratulations. And call the catalog companies! They ought to have a picture of this.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2006 at 7:59AM
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pappu(z5 IL)

Thanks!
Juliaam, I am afraid I planted them too closely. I was thinking that they would die back the ground and planted 14 plants 21/2 feet apart from each other. This winter they were hardy to the tips and they are very vigorous. I will have to prune more every spring, I guess.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2006 at 8:31AM
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char_rose(9norcal)

Definitely pictures for rose catalogues. Looks GREAT.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2006 at 9:55AM
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mprats(z6NJ Plainfield)

They look totally unreal. Amazing.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2006 at 11:42AM
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Patricia43(z8 AL)

Pappu, very pretty. I see you never do anything in a small way and I like that.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2006 at 2:55PM
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lesmc

Wow! Just bautiful...doesn`t even look real. You made an excellent choice.
Lesley

    Bookmark   June 1, 2006 at 3:17PM
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theroselvr

I love this rose too. I was telling my neighbor the other day, I'd own more than 1 bush if I had room. With close to 200 roses, saying I'd own more than 1 of any rose is very high praise.

Enjoy your show. Bet everyone does a double look when they drive by.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2006 at 7:58AM
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kathwhit(z8, West OR)

Wow! Thats all I can say.....Wow!
K

    Bookmark   June 2, 2006 at 2:31PM
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zeffyrose_pa6b7(6b7)

MAGNIFICENT !!!!!!

Florence

    Bookmark   June 2, 2006 at 2:50PM
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aswhad(belgium-europe)

I hope for you that someone else must do the deadheading.
;-)

    Bookmark   June 2, 2006 at 5:09PM
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paul_zone5ct(5)

Absolutely spectacular. You have not only grown them to perfection, but have captured the moment, to the very minute, when they are most perfect. I grow a few CW and I agree the Sprig flush can be breathtaking. For some reason, however, I cannot get them to put out basal shoots, and they decline after a few years.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2006 at 6:17PM
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kasiec

Oh my goodness, that is awesome!

Kasie

    Bookmark   June 2, 2006 at 9:36PM
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vivian31(z6 IN)

Wow. Well, I guess THAT made up my mind! LOL

    Bookmark   June 3, 2006 at 8:31AM
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jo_in_tx

Oh, my goodness! That is just spectacular! I would give anything to find a rose in a pretty coral/soft orange that bloomed like that!

Well done!

    Bookmark   June 3, 2006 at 8:45AM
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pappu(z5 IL)

Thank you!
They are all own root plants. They seem to be very vigorous on own root and they were mere twigs when planted last spring and grew very quick into mounded dense bushes. Very very floriferous and the fall flush is almost as good as the spring one. The only 'problem' is deadheading. for good repeat, they need to be deadheaded, unlike knockouts. Very disease resistant for me. I really love this rose! They look spectacular now and people cannot believe they are for real!

    Bookmark   June 3, 2006 at 11:39AM
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rosebud(7 Atlanta)

Beautiful pic. I have a dozen in Atlanta and they get 8 feet tall. Good choice.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2006 at 5:16PM
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ron_and_susan(z8 GA)

Pappu--Great shots of a great rose. P.S. We know how much work goes into a garden like this and wish you and us were neightor's.--Ron and Susan

    Bookmark   June 3, 2006 at 7:56PM
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dian2(z6 pgh pa)

Breath taking

    Bookmark   June 4, 2006 at 12:45AM
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carla17(Z7 NC)

Pappu, they look great! You made the right decision.

Carla

    Bookmark   June 4, 2006 at 10:32AM
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caribqn

Absolutely beautiful! So many blooms and such neat little mounds! I have a Carefree Wonder, and it's over five feet right now, and very narrow. Although its blooms are beautiful, it's nowhere near as totally covered like yours.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2006 at 9:31PM
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ehann(z10FL)

Those are amazing! Seriously, they almost DO look like azaleas. Very beautiful! I consider myself enabled.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2006 at 8:17AM
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tmac96(Z5, OH)

Just curious -- which do you like better -- your Carefree Wonder or Morden Blush? I would like to get 2 or 4 roses to go at the end of my driveway and was thinking of either of these. (Your pics are truly inspiring!) Your thoughts?

    Bookmark   June 8, 2006 at 1:02PM
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silvergold(z5a WI)

Amazing - I have a small grouping of them but they never look like that together. I think I need to add a few more so they are closer together. Thanks for the post!

    Bookmark   June 8, 2006 at 8:30PM
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pappu(z5 IL)

Thank you!
Tmac, I would pick CW over MB. CW is more compact, rounded with better looking foliage than MB. MB bush is a little lanky compared to CW. Both are equally hardy for me and CW is much bigger bush than MB. CW blooms are bigger, more 'interesting' and not as easily ruined(bugs,weather, sun) as the white MB blooms. Both are great roses though, and you need them both! Plant them own root, they are very vigorous on own root and form shapely symmetric rounded bushes on own root.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2006 at 12:21AM
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msrose

Okay, so what made you pick Carefree Wonder over Carefree Beauty? You obviously made the right choice, but I've often wondered which is better and was wondering what you heard about Carefree Wonder that made you choose it?

Laurie

    Bookmark   June 9, 2006 at 9:36PM
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pappu(z5 IL)

I have both CB and CW. I would choose CW over CB. Carefree Beauty is a great rose, can be grown totally no spray. But it is a sprawling bush and throws long canes. It is not compact and likes to kinda hug the ground. A good hard rain and it totally flops around. The blooms are big, but blow fast. Repeat is good but nowhere as good as carefree wonder.

Carefree wonder is compact and branches at the ends like knockout and forms a dense, mounded, upright, strong bush that holds its shape in rain and wind. Blooms are two toned(pink with white reverse) and last much longer than CB. They are also fully double unlike CB. It is an absolute blooming machine and looks incredble right up to fall. It needs to be deadheaded and that can be a chore. It is disease resistant for me, but not totally no spray. I spray it once a month and have never seen BS or PM on it. Get it own root, it really is very vigorous on own root. And lastly, it is much more hardier than Carefree beauty.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2006 at 10:22PM
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roseperson(z5 S/E MI)

That is a fabulous show with CW. Takes a great deal of works indeed. Must be an avid rosarian. Thanks for sharing.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2006 at 11:00PM
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violetsareblue(zone 8)

Can I trade my Carefree Beauty for one of your Carefree Wonder?...lol. I preffer CW now that i've seen yours. I was disappointed when my CB bloomed to find out that it's single petalled.":( Not too crazy about single petalled roses.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2006 at 10:21PM
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barb_r(Z8 western Wa)

That display is so awesome! It definitely deserves to be bumped back up to the top for those of us who missed it.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2006 at 10:48PM
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swarmina

I just want to come lie down there next to them! Absolutely heavenly!!! Good job!

    Bookmark   June 19, 2006 at 5:30AM
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aegis1000

pappu,

Your plants are beautiful ... job well done.

Do you know of anything I should be doing that keep my CW's from balling ... like they did this spring ?

    Bookmark   June 19, 2006 at 12:33PM
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jess2132000(PA)

I really want to buy this rose and put Julia Child mixed in with it. Where I am going to plant them in some shade till noon. How does CW this rose do in some shade?

    Bookmark   March 18, 2007 at 7:26PM
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the_bustopher z6 MO

That is really quite a show. It looks good, to say the least. The individual flowers looked to be fairly good sized. Was that typical of the variety, or were you having cooler temperatures that allowed better and larger flower development?

    Bookmark   March 19, 2007 at 1:55PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Holy Cow! How did I miss this thread last year? That is just amazing. If the pictures don't do them justice as you say, I don't think my eyes could handle the sight in person. Just gorgeous.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2007 at 3:46PM
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jess2132000(PA)

Does carefree wonder bloom most of the summer or mostly in spring?

    Bookmark   March 19, 2007 at 4:53PM
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zeffyrose_pa6b7(6b7)

I remember this picture from last year-----
GLORIOUS !!!!!

Florence

    Bookmark   March 19, 2007 at 6:35PM
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jont1(Midwest 5b/6a)

Just simply stunning is all I can say.
How many plants are there planted here???
John

    Bookmark   March 20, 2007 at 10:02PM
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socabeth(z9CA)

Yes I remember that pic! Gorgeous! When you trim them, how far do you cut them down, and do you just trim them like a shrub????? Mine don't look like yours!

    Bookmark   March 20, 2007 at 10:56PM
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decobug(z6a Idaho SW)

Do you remember what the rose is in the rose tree on the porch? It is so sweet looking...

    Bookmark   March 22, 2008 at 2:31AM
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pappu(z5 IL)

Decobug,the tree rose is electric blanket,from JP. Very hardy and I left it outside this winter and the canes are all viable. I dont think JP is offering it any more. It is a miniature version of Rosarium uterson, same salmon colored, multi petelled blooms in tresses, just smaller. It is a Kordes.
There are 14 plants in that bed, planted 2 1/2 feet apart. I now realise that I planted way too many and I should have planted them atleast 3 1/2 feet apart. In its fourth year now, the bushes are huge and reach 5 feet tall. Still a blooming machine and the spring flush is unbelievable. Very healthy and hardy.
It is in the perfect location, south exposure, full sun all day, good drainage and it doesnt dissapoint..flushes all thru the year repeatedly. When in full flush, it is a traffic stopper! But in spring, the thrips almost do it in. I have to spray a insecticide to keeps the blooms looking like in the pictures. After the spring flush, they dont seem to bother the roses.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2008 at 8:36AM
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decobug(z6a Idaho SW)

I remember seeing electric blanket in the stores a ways back... Being a kordes explains the hardiness...

Thrips are a spring bug, they probably don't like the heat of the summer...

Do you have to spray before the thrips get inside the blooms?

    Bookmark   March 22, 2008 at 12:30PM
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manya(6-CT)

Pappu-
Could you please re post your pic of Rambin Red? I have looked for it on here all winter and it is no longer available. Also, where did you buy it? Thanks in advance.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2008 at 10:47AM
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Prettypetals_GA_7-8

Manya if you will put rambling red in the search box then click on pappus post it will probably show up the "oops" message, but if you will go up to the address bar when it shows "oops" and remove the #2 on there and then hit the search arrows it will show the post. Does that make sense??? Try it cuz it works. Judy

    Bookmark   March 23, 2008 at 9:19PM
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pappu(z5 IL)

Manya, here's a pic from 2006

and in 2007 when it made it over the the top of the arbor!

I got it from springvalleyroses.com
2 yr own root

Decobug, I spray with Merit for thrips as soon as I see signs of them in spring, about twice 3 days apart for the most susceptible light colored roses..I have a hay field next to my house and if I dont spray for the thrips, I dont have a spring flush for any of my light colored roses..

    Bookmark   March 23, 2008 at 11:18PM
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manya(6-CT)

Thank you, just as beautiful as I remember. Prettypetals, will try to access old memories of other pix that way, been getting the "oops" all the time. TY!

    Bookmark   March 24, 2008 at 1:29PM
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manya(6-CT)

Pappu- Your pictures have always taken my breath away and are what we all aspire to.

Prettypetals - it works! Thanks very much for the info.

Now if I could eradicate the midge that has plagued my roses for the past 3 years I could dream about my garden.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2008 at 1:39PM
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Prettypetals_GA_7-8

Manya you are very welcome. My sis in law (aka - crzy4flowers) enlightened me to take out the 2. Whatever works. Glad to help out and can't wait to see pictures of your new gardens.
Pappu gorgeous flowers as always. Thanks to your pictures of carefree wonder i pulled up my gardenia ( which looked horrible) and planted three carefree wonders. Can't wait to see them bloom. How big do they eventually get? Thanks, Judy

    Bookmark   March 24, 2008 at 2:59PM
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manya(6-CT)

Spring Valley no longer has Ramblin Red on their web site- does anyone know of another source? TY

    Bookmark   March 24, 2008 at 4:50PM
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decobug(z6a Idaho SW)

There are only 3 left at High Country Roses

Here is a link that might be useful: High Country Roses

    Bookmark   March 25, 2008 at 3:09AM
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manya(6-CT)

Not any more- I ordered them! Thanks.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2008 at 5:27PM
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