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Post by Guest on 19th March 2009, 11:22

TasV, I see in the Rose Talk Forums area there are separate Forums for Heritage, Modern, Climbing etc, have you considered a Forum for David Austin Roses in Australia? I realise that they would probably come under Modern Roses, but I think that considering the number of varieties available it would be wonderful to have a Forum just for the discussion of them.

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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 19th March 2009, 11:46

I agree with bulbinella, Having been to his nursery in England I am building my own garden of them cheers I have not got very many yet Sad but am collecting more all the time bounce Carole.
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Post by orchid40 on 19th March 2009, 15:11

Funny that - I've just ordered 2 - Jude the Obscure and Abraham Darby. I KNOW I said I wasn't going to buy any more but.....................
I've got about 11 DAs.

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Post by Ozeboy on 19th March 2009, 18:56

That's about the worst suggestion I have heard for east coast of Australia.
Sorry to say " They do not do well here, better leave them in snowy europe." Gertrude, Brother Cadfael and Jude will probably stay,all the others are on death row.

David Austin might start a forum then he could learn all the problems his Pommy roses have in 40 C high humidity and do something about fixing them. Probably not as most of his market would be in snowy winters and 20C summers type countries.

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Post by Admin on 19th March 2009, 19:40

I'm not so sure I agree... English roses are, as you say, modern roses and are a classification of rose, like ground covers, Teas, Hybrid Teas, Bourbons, Chinas, and I think their culture can be adequately covered by treating them like modern shrub roses whereas roses like miniatures require a different approach, as do climbers and a lot of heritage roses. If someone was to ask for a section on Bousault roses I would probably say that their culture could be adequately discussed in the heritage rose section. Now if someone asked for a section on species roses... I think they are sufficiently different to warrant separate discussion. We also don't really want to get into a situation where we have lots of little forums resulting in some sections receiving little or no use (some are already showing signs of this). Given that there is a plethora of DA roses around a forum for them probably wouldn't suffer from a lack of use but I think others may as a result of it. I think also, that if we had a separate section for each different kind of rose then some people would never look at some sections and so would never be exposed to them and I would not like to contribute to polarising people more than they might already be. So, I'm not really convinced that this is really needed. I realise that DA devotees think the world of them but when broken down into broadly defined groups I think they are really just another modern rose. However, if enough people say they would like a specific for them I can make a sub-forum under modern roses for them.


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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 19th March 2009, 21:19

Simon, I think you are probably right I was thinking with my heart rather than my head- sorry. Bruce not everyone lives in Sydney but Bulbinella lives in sw Sydney and started this thread so must have no trouble in growing D.A.'s. England has very high humidity in summer and certainly has cold frosty winters. Probably much like Tasmania although I have never been to Tasmania. Here in Mudgee we have hotter summers than Sydney and much colder winters. The flowers in England are huge as against the size we have here on the mainland. I presume D. Austin sells his roses in Australia because the people here want them, if they didn't there would be no market! Carole.
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Post by Guest on 20th March 2009, 12:16

point taken Simon and I have to agree with Carole, I was at the time I made the suggestion, thinking with my heart and not my head, it would be a shame to see other Forums fade away due to the popularity of DA roses.

I'm sorry Bruce if my suggestion offended you, you obviously have had no luck in growing or keeping DA roses in a healthy condition. On the other hand I don't have any problems at all, so far in my (small) collection of these roses I have, 5 x Jubilee Celebration (often described in catalogues as one of DA's finest roses ... and I would have to agree with this, my own plants flower almost year long, they suffer from no major problems, no more than any other type of roses I have growing) 3 x Mary Rose, 3 x Lordly Oberon, 2 x Charles Austin and 3 x Wenlock and I will be adding more this year.

I must say too that I found this part of your reply a little odd .....

[ David Austin might start a forum then he could learn all the problems his Pommy roses have in 40 C high humidity and do something about fixing them. Probably not as most of his market would be in snowy winters and 20C summers type countries ]

........considering that we here in Australia have no 'native' roses and apart from the number of 'Australian bred' roses bred specifically to handle our conditions (and even all of these are 'descendents' from roses that are natives from other countries) we, as gardeners/rose lovers do manage to grow many different varieties/types of roses very successfully.

Perhaps the successful growing of these roses by many people in some parts of this country is a testament to their skills as good gardeners and their dedication and love of these magnificent roses.

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Post by Guest on 20th March 2009, 22:36

I would like a seperate forum for DA's.
I can't grow them in my area, (must be a testament to my poor gardening skills and lack of love and dedication) so a seperate forum saves me the time of looking at posts I am not real interested in.

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Post by Admin on 20th March 2009, 23:00

There will be no DA forum.

EDIT: I just don't think it is needed.

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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 20th March 2009, 23:17

I agree Simon we don't need a D.A. forum ' Those who can will - Those who can't will miss out on the beauty and joy that these plants give. Carole.
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Post by Admin on 20th March 2009, 23:39

For me it's not about that Carole... but I also look at things through a different set of eyes... I just don't think we need a forum for DAs when English Roses is just a marketing name for another group of modern roses... just like Generosa is from Guillot. I don't know much about Genarosa roses yet but nearly fell into the marketing trap the other day when I saw some potted roses labelled as Generosa roses and thought... that's different... but they looked awful in the pot so I figured... same thing... different name. David Austin roses in general grow perfectly well down here in Tas. You only need to look at the beautiful photos BillnDee posted tonight to see that and I am quite happy with them on the whole despite shovel prunning some last year. I also think they have much to contribute to the ongoing development of roses in Australia for Australia. I'm looking at it from a forum maintenance point of view where I don't want to create divisiveness and making separate forums creates divisiveness and when there is divisiveness or polarisation of views and opinions rose varieties tend to disappear and whether you like them or not that is a tragedy. So I say celebrate your all your roses as roses and enjoy what you like and be tolerant of those whose tastes are different from your own. People often feel the same way about Delbards too and I have to say that so far I am under whelmed by the Delbards in general. I have quite a few that are at the two year mark now so hopefully at the three year mark they will start to perform (you know the saying... with roses the first year they sleep, the second year they creep, and the third year the leap). When you say that the DAs have beauty and bring joy... well every rose does that for me... I look at them through rose coloured glasses Wink lol!

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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 21st March 2009, 00:04

Simon. I thought that I was agreeing with you that we do not need another forum.
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Post by Admin on 21st March 2009, 00:06

Yep... me too lol! Just explaining my point of view that's all Smile

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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 21st March 2009, 07:05

Just came in from work, this is my point of view, We do not need another separate section to this FORUM, we have lots of sub section to look at. If DA's can not fit into one of these, I will be dammed.. I look at all the section on here for my own interest. Yes I like the DA's, there on the other hand, I do not like all of his roses. Is there a saying or two " beauty is in the beholder and a rose is a rose by any other name".

Deb, you say you can not grow them, could you enlighten me/us why they do not grow for you. Mushroom calls me the secretary for DA, maybe I could talk to him with your problem, maybe he could help you to grow them, Regards David.
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Post by Ozeboy on 21st March 2009, 12:26

Possibly there are some DA's that will grow OK here but I have had difficulty finding them. Season before last I purchased around 12 and was not happy with all except 4 or 5 so decided to give them another season.
I am now discarding them and sending to a friend in a less humid area.
Bulbinella I do not have the ones you mentioned, perhaps I am missing out on having these grow beautifully in my area.
I can see beauty in all roses that grow well whatever the variety or colour.
Some are just too difficult to maintain. All the things in my yard have to be healthy, the pony, chooks,bees and roses etc. There are roses that will do very well here so those are the ones I will be growing. The modern roses like Da's and HT's are mostly protected PBR and those are the ones sold in most nurseries at a very profitable price. Unfortunatly nearly all fall short of being desease resistant on the east coast of Australia where the greater population live.

Up until 3 years ago I used to go to Swanes, look at their catalogue of DA's and HT's and pick myself out a new rose or two and didn't know any difference. I do know they were all grown at Narromine due to the flat landscape and kinder weather for roses. Their Dural nursery is kept reasonable with an abundance of fungacides and some pestercides. However round about now (March to April) the whole lot defoliate and look like crap. They have a rose show at different times of the year and guess what, all the blooms come from Narromine.
Three years ago my children bought me a computer to keep my grey matter in reasonable condittion and I found Rose Exchange. One guy posting (Larry ) was showing great pix of Tea roses and mentioned good for heat and humidity. He recomended two, CREPUSCLE and Mrs B R CANT for me to start with. Since then I realise how suitable these roses are for Australian heat and humidity, they have species ancestors in China where it is like Australia. They are evergreen, flower all year and look fantastic as a garden shrub. They are very different to the winter dormant English and European roses that are bred to survive in snow.

Pardon my frankness , there are better roses than the PBR's at the nurseries but they won't tell you about them as they can't make money from them.

I must conclude by saying " Thank you Larry ".

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Post by Admin on 21st March 2009, 13:46

Yep... I feel the same way Bruce about the photos Deb has posted. I've not had the pleasure of meeting Larry (have read some of his posts and know he is a VERY eloquent and knowledgeable man and I wish him a speedy recovery in the future) but it wasn't until Deb started posting photos of her Teas that I started thinking about them and now... well... the rest is history... Comtess de Labarthe (Duchess de Brabant) has kicked into gear and has doubled in size in the last month and pretty much all the Tea cuttings have struck (I like that in a rose) and I too think they are the way to go and suit my minimalist approach to gardening better than most others. There are some DAs that I still really want to try. Constance Spry is the top of my list and I'd like to breed with some of the better ones but overall I just see them as another modern rose with a lot of the modern problems. Now... DA has never tried to hide the fact that he first and formost selected for beauty (of bloom) ahead of everything else so I really don't expect that much of them. In recent times he has started selecting for disease resistance (like Mrs Doreen Pike... a DA stlyed hybrid rugosa that is very hardy and disease resistant and has nice shrub form... check it out here: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] this rose is my inspiration to want to breed with R.rugosa) and hardiness as well as a better form in European climates. I think there is much to be learnt from the way he did it though. He, like every other thinking person on the planet, was tired of the HT monopoly and knew people wanted something different. He decided to take the old roses and put them with modern roses to introduce old rose form with new rose remontancy. Now if someone over here was to do the same thing but instead of putting modern HT and floribunda into the old roses they put in the Teas instead I think we could have a product more suited to Australia with all the charm of the floofy DA style roses. They will never replace the Teas but they would help to make modern shrubs that are better here in a greater variety of forms. Bruce... I'd love to see B R Cant. Do you have any photos? The account of it in the Tea book makes it sound like a very desireable garden plant and it appears to be quite fertile. I have a list of Tea cuttings that have taken here. I'll PM you the list and you are welcome to any of them come winter when I knock them all out.

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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 21st March 2009, 14:56

Simon, how much "Constance Spry" do you want. C.
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Post by Guest on 21st March 2009, 16:39

Tasv says.... Now if someone over here was to do the same thing but instead of putting modern HT and floribunda into the old roses they put in the Teas instead ...

Tas what do you call an HT? Teas crossed to Hy Perpetual and like, which came from the old European roses. HP and HT both suffer from decreased tolerance of heat and blackspot, which came from their cold climate old rose side of the family. ( also picked up more black spot along way when richer colours had to be bred in).
BTW all you have to do then, is work on getting a damask fragrance, darker pigments (and unusual colours) and get rid of the dam twiggyess so they stand up nice in a vase and you again will have followed the last 100 years of rose breeding ideals.
JMHO

Don't know how others find them but rugosas are a total failure in my garden. Nice spring bloom then they promptly turn to toast (not sure which looks worse, dead burnt rugosa leaves or blackspot riddled leaves, a choice of 2 evils I prefer to pass on). Seen some in Sydney in a public garden the they looked just like mine. Also saw some a private garden in Sydney and they looked the same. Asked a friend in QLD he says he can't grow them. It would make sense they do not like the heat and humidity, after all they grow wild in Alaska, Siberia and the snowy northern regions of Japan. I bet they are hardy little devils, however hardiness, (in the UK and USA meaning tolerant to cold) is something I don't need right now.

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Post by Guest on 21st March 2009, 18:06

cree wrote:I would like a seperate forum for DA's.
I can't grow them in my area, (must be a testament to my poor gardening skills and lack of love and dedication) so a seperate forum saves me the time of looking at posts I am not real interested in.
mmmm .... perhaps not your gardening skills but I do get the drift that you don't like them .... so possibly your lack of dedication to them and your obvious dislike of them.
I'm sure that (as with other roses) there are some that don't do so well over here, perhaps you were unlucky with the choice of DA's you selected, having said that, it would be interesting to hear why you can't grow them.

Susan Irvine had this to say about DA's ... "They seem to cope well under Australian conditions, some growing considerably larger than the estimated sizes given in English books" .... Garden of a Thousand Roses.

I'd have to agree with her, my own DA's have grown much larger than estimated in any book or catalogue.

Ozeboy wrote: Their Dural nursery is kept reasonable with an abundance of fungacides and some pestercides.
I don't know about anyone else here, but the only thing I spray any of my plants with is Seasol ... and I feed my soil regularly with manures and homemade compost, I don't use any chemicals in my garden and for many years now I've always believed that using chemicals (including artificial fertilisers) on a regular basis is not good for gardens ... I am positive they must create some sort of 'weakness' in plants .... much the same as a chemical dependance affects humans.
I often also wonder how many 'new' gardeners have inadvertently killed their plants with the use of chemicals due to their lack of knowledge while all the time thinking they are 'helping' their garden to resist pests & disease.

Ozeboy wrote: Pardon my frankness , there are better roses than the PBR's at the nurseries but they won't tell you about them as they can't make money from them.
I agree ... unfortunately this is a sad fact of life in this money driven world we live in.

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Post by Admin on 21st March 2009, 18:39

Cree... I I agree with your senitments... and I think it worth noting that I have not said anywhere that this is what I want to do. These are your words only. I call an HT anything classed officially as an HT and I know the line is blurred in early HT but as far as I am concerned this is irrelevant. I don't want to use HT at all. Some floribunda have a form and habit that I like and would consider using them. Please re-read what I have said. I said there is much to be learnt by the way he has done it and I am not talking about the marketing machine that is DA roses. I am talking about working old rose shape and form into a modern rose and that it would make sense to do this with Teas instead of HT (of any incantation) or floribunda for Australia. Everything you say is true and you know I agree with you. I agree with you on most things. I would, however, prefer that if you have a point that you don't direct them at me and just make your point. Idea

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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 21st March 2009, 19:17

Bulbinella, You certainly talk a lot of common sense I really hope you continue to contribute to the forum. I personally like all sorts of roses. The only ones I won't buy are singles they do nothing for me. We have one or two but only because they were here when we moved here, David refuses to let me get rid of them. Very Happy Very Happy I look forward to reading your postings Carole.
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Post by Guest on 21st March 2009, 19:28

Ok you want my DA history and stats. I'll try to remember.

I planted my first DA around 1989 I think (so that means I have been growing them for 20 years). Wow were they nice roses. Let see, Mary rose, Pretty Jessica, Constance, Gerty, Sophie, I don't remember I think about 12-15. What great roses they were. Most bloomed in abundance for the whole season which was mid June till the first frost which was early Oct (4 months). This was Washington State, very cool short summer, lots of rain and moderate winters with a little snow..just about like England.
Moved to Bellingen NSW, hot steamy and rains all summer long, planted 6 about a week after I moved in, was a total failure. Mary rose, Graham T, can't remember the rest. They were awful, blackspot, no leaves, nothing nice say about them. Had to take them out and toss them before I sold house as they were an eyesore.
Came here, Hot not very humid. Friend gave me about 20, new plants that came from a nursery. Been in the ground 6 years now. All are gone now except for; Mary rose does ok and will stay. Pilgrim is full of blackspot and leafless most of the year I need to get it out but is so big and thorny I will have to hire someone. Jane A gets mildew and almost no repeat. Crocus blackspot, defoliates, a few blooms during the rest of the year. Sophy mildew in spring, blackspot the rest of year, flowers crisp from Nov through March. Charles A, mildew and blackspot, poor repeat. LDB flower crisp on all but the coolest of days, blackspot all summer, needs to go. Gerty almost no repeat needs to go. Dark Lady maybe, blackspot and defoliated most of the year, flowers crisp in summer. I think there are couple more out there. Culture, water every week more often in summer. Sheep 4" deep 3 times a year. Sudden impact spring and autumn. Lucerne mulch 2 x a year. No spray. Same as all the roses in my garden.

Do I hate them, not at all. If I hated them why would I have planted them in the last 3 gardens over the last 20 years? They are just not suitable for where I have lived in 2 out of 3 locations. They don't like the heat, nor do they like humidity. I can show beautiful pic's of them taken in spring from this garden, the rest of the year they look bad. If I moved to Sweden I would not be growing tea roses, eh? Not suitable.

As far as trying more DA's in this garden, only if they have a published pedigree so I can see what is in them. If I see warm climate roses then I would be very open to try it. Does Tea Clip have tea in it? and what else? Who knows, so I will leave it on the shelf and spend my money on classes of roses I know do well here.

Tasv,
Maybe I am not being clear. What I am trying to say is if you cross teas with old cold climate roses, you will in many cases bring in blackspot and certainly loose the tolerance to heat that warm climate roses have in spades. End result of old Europeans and teas = HT or similar with all the same problems.
But at least you would have avoided the yellow breeding and that I guess could make a difference. Ditto, great minds think alike..(Well sometimes). LOL

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Post by Guest on 21st March 2009, 19:31

Roseman I thought Mermaid was you favorite rose. I remember you trying so hard to make me plant it on a arch over a path.

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Tasv,
Maybe I am not being clear. What I am trying to say is if you cross teas with old cold climate roses, you will in many cases bring in blackspot and certainly loose the tolerance to heat that warm climate roses have in spades. End result of old Europeans and teas = HT or similar with all the same problems.
But at least you would have avoided the yellow breeding and that I guess could make a difference. Ditto, great minds think alike..(Well sometimes). LOL

Again... I agree with you on this. It is important to choose the parents carefully and it is funny that you bring up Mermaid because this rose could well be part of the answer and I am a big fan of this rose for many reasons. The work being done with the hybrid bracteata is inspiring and showing excellent results in climates very similar to our own. Of the hybrid bracteata Mermaid is available here in Australia. My first choice would be Muriel or Out of Yesteryear (this is a most beautiful rose) but I can't locate them anywhere (if anyone knows of them here I would walk over hot coals to obtain specimens). If you had the space to train a Mermaid over an arch and tame it ruthlessly then why not... it has much to offer. Personally I have chosen to purchase the species rose, Rosa bracteata, and start a line of my own but Mermaid might also hold the key to alternative work and would be an excellent acquisition. You can keep Mermaid under control if you really wanted too.. if I can tame Rosa laevigata then anything is possible. I asked someone once how big such and such a rose would get (the details escape me right now... it was a long time ago) and their answer was 'it will get as big as I allow it to get. I thought fair enough... I'm all for choosing the rose to suit a position and letting it have its way but if you had your heart set on putting a Mermaid on an arch... then who am I to comment?

Annette... conversations on RT seem to have a way of 'evolving'. I think so long as people are rational then this is a healthy thing. I feel this conversation evolving in the direction of hybridising.... so I'm going to ask that this thread stops and I'll start a new one in the hybridising section. I would ask everyone else to direct their thoughts in this direction.

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