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we are looking at purchasing either the rosa damascena or the rosa centifolia for mass planting in western colorado. we are distilling lavender and other aromatic crops for essential oil and hydrosol. where would we purchase quality old antique roses for mass planting such as centifolia or damasena. and what do you think would do best in zone 5 of colorado? we are interested in easy keepers and fragrant plants


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Rosa damascena is hardy down to zone 4b/5a so should be OK in your zone 5 area. There are 2 types of Damask roses.....Summer Damask and Autumn Damask. Summer Damask is a once bloomer in summer. The Autumn Damask is classed as a once bloomer in summer but apparently can have scattered bloom in Autumn. Summer Damask grows to 5 feet. Autumn Damask tends to be slightly shorter.
Rosa centifolia is hardy to zone 4. This shrub can grow up to 6 feet tall in ideal conditions.
You could try Vintage Gardens mail order. They are in California. Here is their website....
www.vintagegardens.com
You could also try Pickering Nurseries. They are a very good company and, although they are in Canada, they do ship to the US. Here is their website.....
www.pickeringnurseries.com

11 Nov, 2009

 

PS....If you are worried about the hardiness or if you are in an area where you have a lot of wind in the winter, you can always apply a nice mulch around the roots 6 inches or more deep.

11 Nov, 2009

 

thank you for your prompt and helpful information. you live in a beautiful area!

11 Nov, 2009

 

You're welcome Sallylouise.....I'd love to see photos of your mass plantings when they are in. I bet they will look (and smell) incredible. :o)

11 Nov, 2009

 

well, we certainly will take some pics once we begin. we have a website
www.dayspringfarm.net - it has a few pics of our small lavender field.
yes - someday, Lord willing, we will have incredible aroma, indeed.
i was wondering about roses from CA. one nursery here in colorado does not like to get roses from CA due to higher likelihood of importing bugs or disease. that is opposed to importing from OR or Canada. what do you know about that?
thanks

12 Nov, 2009

 

I don't know too much about roses from CA. I would think that if the nursery which is shipping the roses is a reputable one, the roses would be in very good health. Probably best to ask on an American based site about that question though.....try Garden Web. They have a whole area for rose questions and I'm sure some one there will be able to advise you.
www.gardenweb.com
Click on "garden" under the forums tab and then click on "roses".
I do know Pickering Nurseries in Canada are very highly rated and people from the US do order roses from there quite frequently.
I'll check out your website....good luck with your roses. :o)

12 Nov, 2009

 

thanks again. the info has been most helpful!

14 Nov, 2009

 

Lovely website and farm Sallylouise. :o)

14 Nov, 2009

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