The good Bishop's got it all . . . Fragrance, foliage, generous bloom, quick repeat, stems 14-inches long, and beautiful blooms:
That's what I WANT!!! You have the curse of your blessing, how dreamy!
I love this one Jeri! I'll need to look for a spot.
Sheila -- Keep in mind, it wants to be BIG. I don't know how successfully you could keep it small.
You probably know, I want to let plants do what they want and I love big, Jeri.
I love this rose, but my puny specimen gives no hint of what it's capable of. I'm thinking, once I get some money again, of ordering two or three yards of sand to lighten our gray clay. Organic matter as amendment just doesn't seem to be sufficient, and I still want to grow Teas and Hybrid Musks and suchlike. I'd love to have a good 'Bishop Darlington'.
Yeah, 'cause, Melissa, here it's a good 12-ft x 12-ft.
Had we had a faint clue what it could do, we'd never have put it where it is.
It is almost orchid like blooms.
What a color!
Melissa, probably a silly question, but have you tried adding lime to your clay soil? I always thought that was the standard remedy. But perhaps it only works for certain kinds of clay.
Comtesse, I haven't. I don't know what the ph of my soil is, but it's certainly not acid; I'd be afraid to make it more alkaline than it is right now. Once amended with a lot of organic matter it's quite good soil for many plants, but Tea roses, and Hybrid Musks, aren't among them.
P.S. We have a storm moving in right now, and have hopes of getting a lot of rain!