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'Jude the Obscure' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 123-300
most recent 22 OCT SHOW ALL
 
Initial post 26 SEP 20 by Magnus95
I've had this rose for years and it seems to want to push for 3 flushes, but it's a slow repeater and in England it only managed 2. On a warm autumn it will form buds ready for it's third flush that will still never manage to happen.

Nonetheless i'll still always have this rose for it's fragrance. It's incredibly powerful and even richer second year onwards. Best of all it's there in every kind of weather, even freezing rain when other highly fragrant roses lose their scent.

It does get a bit of disease, but only after it's second flush is done around August, so I can't complain at all. Growth is strong and vigarous.
Overall 8.5/10 Fragrance 10/10 Disease resistence 6.5/10 Blooms: 9/10
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Reply #1 of 1 posted 22 OCT by Anita silicon valley
If you like the color and want an Austin rose very reliable but just a little darker I recommend Lady of Shalott. Here in Zone 9/10 it blooms almost continually with no disease.
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Discussion id : 133-790
most recent 17 JUL 22 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 17 JUL 22 by Hamanasu
'Guava and sweet white wine' (David Austin's description of this variety's scent) to my nose translates to 'lemon and overproofed-dough', at least in my garden on sunny days at 25-30 degrees C. Closer to 35 degrees C the tartness of lemon had changed to vinegar! The scent is much nicer at lower temperatures and today (I didn't check the temperature, but it felt more than 20 and less than 25 degrees C) the different notes had blended into something complex and very pleasant.
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Discussion id : 133-096
most recent 29 MAY 22 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 29 MAY 22 by Hamanasu
I bought this rose from a reputable UK nursery last winter when I read it was the last chance before its withdrawal. It has been struggling to establish (despite mycorrhizal fungi etc) compared to all my other recent acquisitions and has few leaves and one single bud developing. On top of that, today I had to remove some leaves that were showing rust infection (despite spraying with sulphur rose and biostimulants). Now that Lady Emma Hamilton has been withdrawn too, I regret disposing of my plant a few years ago, but it too was very susceptible to rust. I guess I'm trying to say that if this is how they perform in England (add to that the balling problems JtO is reportedly prone to) I can see the logic of dropping them from DA's catalogue. Of course when I get to smell Jude (that was really the only reason why I bought my plant) the logic of retiring it might escape me again. Here's hoping.
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Discussion id : 131-448
most recent 27 JAN 22 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 27 JAN 22 by S_Mazza
This rose has been "retired". It's still in stock at Heirloom Roses *for now* (January 26, 2022). They will not be re-stocking it. So anyone who really wants it should buy it now.

On the bright side, it's out of patent (applied in 1997, so expired 2017). So it looks like cuttings are free and clear for anyone who wants to exchange them.

(I don't have this variety - I had to choose based on limited space, and Emma Hamilton won out.)
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