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By Dorjac

Essex, United Kingdom Gb

I am asking. Why is it that this lovely apricot rose is blooming so well? There is a very long drought where we live in Essex. This lovely rose, perched on practically leafless stems, has bloomed early for weeks on end. It faces nearly north. It is totally unloved and neglected. If I grew it there would be greenfly and mildew, blackspot and not so many flowers, even blind shoots. Any one know the name of it?




I don't know what variety it is, but I think it looks dreadful - sparse, bare stems with very little foliage, although the flowering is good. Looks like it needs a good prune, a feed and a long drink. What's happening is the plant is flowering prolifically as a response to drought - many plants this year have and are flowering early and prolifically in the South, a phenomenon last observed in 1976 when we had severe drought. It's getting its flowering in while it can, as conditions are so extreme. Roses are usually extremely resilient and will withstand long periods of drought, although they may not look great during extreme weather conditions.

18 May, 2011


Thanks Bamboo. It is amazing how early this rose was in full bloom. It's a rented house, so I don't think anyone will look after it.

18 May, 2011

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