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Kathleen Harrop...anyone familiar with this climbing rose

Posted by cadillactaste zone 5 Ohio (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 28, 14 at 6:56

I am looking for something that is climbing that is "non-toxic" to dogs. That can handle semi shade. I am thinking this fits the bill. Would love for it to fill the trellis...

What is the care for such a climbing rose? I have ground cover roses...that are easy. Wasn't sure if these took more care to keep happy.

"Kathleen Harrop
Introduced in 1919, Kathleen Harrop is a sport of "Zephirine Drouhin" Bourbon rose. Noted for being more shade-tolerant than many rose plants, it is hardy to USDA Zone 5. Kathleen Harrop blooms with pink, semi-double blossoms continuously throughout the season, and grows to be approximately 10 feet in height."

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RE: Kathleen Harrop...anyone familiar with this climbing rose

Though...I do like those miniature roses...'Jeanne La Joie' (Rosa) is what this one was called. Though thorns and training it up the trellis has me a bit timid.

Of these two...which would you feel the best choice? For someone not super knowledgable of roses...

RE: Kathleen Harrop...anyone familiar with this climbing rose

Oh dear! No replies! I just happened to stumble on this as I was looking up KH references for a reply to an Antique Roses Forum query.

So, FWIW, in case you're still hanging out for a response, I am familiar with KH in the sense of having admired her often at a local specialist rose display garden, and from what I've read, but haven't grown her myself.

She's a very pretty lady indeed, but the main problem many people find with her and ZD is a strong tendency to mildew, so if you're aware of mildew being a common problem in your area, she may not be the best choice. Having said that, some people have none, or minimal mildew that doesn't seem to affect the plant's overall health and vigour, etc. The open trellis in your photo would be ideal for her, since it should give good airflow around her, which will help minimise any mildew attacks.

Apart from that, she should be very easy to train however you would like her over that lattice, and would look delightful!.. with the bonus of a lovely perfume. Old climbing roses like this don't have to be pruned much; just cut out any dead or unproductive canes at the base once a year. You can deadhead or not, as you choose (helps stimulate more repeat blooms)...really very easy-care. Some people spray with milk and water for mildew prevention, you could try the organic rose growing forum or other web references for more info on this.

If you have any further queries on this or other older type roses (i.e. not including modern hybrid teas and floribundas) I highly recommend the Antique Rose Forum here on gardenweb. It's massively popular - currently getting up to 10 new threads a day - and always lots of highly knowledgeable folk happy to share their knowledge and love/obsession for these lovely old garden subjects.

Another great resource is the website 'HelpMeFind' for info, photos and comments on all kinds of roses.

Hope this helps.

Comtesse :-)

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