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"Darlow's Enigma" rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 146-559
most recent 26 JUL SHOW ALL
Initial post 14 JUL 23 by Deborah's rose Garden
Give him his own space on a fence or as a hedge, and let him be. So bright, fragrant and healthy. I have planted this rose in 3 gardens now. No fertilizer or pesticide. No pruning-which is a good thing as the thorns are sharp and numerous. The lovely scent carries 5-10 feet.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 26 JUL by MADActuary
I have one Darlow's Enigma on own roots, and you hit the nail on the head with your comments - and more than once!
Discussion id : 133-465
most recent 24 JUN 22 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 24 JUN 22 by Mihnea
I planted two Darlow's Enigma last August and they have been developing well in my alkaline soil, in full sun. There's scent and they do bloom continuously.

And given all the good that's being reported about this rose, I have a mind to allow my pair to develop freely aside from fertilizing and mulching them in spring. I would want to avoid even deadheading them, to allow them to set hips.

Would be great to have your opinions however, especially if anyone regretted not giving their DE bush a structure by pruning it at least in the first few years.
Discussion id : 133-094
most recent 30 MAY 22 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 29 MAY 22 by ldmont
Has anyone used Darlow's Enigma in breeding or raised any chance seedlings from it? (The lineage section for it is empty.)

I ask in part because I had a chance seedling with lovely intense white double flowers pop up in my yard several years ago, at a time when my only white-flowered rose was Darlow's Enigma. This seedling is a somewhat sprawling climber (not upright like DW) and its flowers do not resemble DW's at all, except for being white. So I'm wondering if anyone using DW has had a similar experience.
Reply #1 of 4 posted 30 MAY 22 by jedmar
Empty, but there are several descendants listed. Please check.
Reply #3 of 4 posted 30 MAY 22 by ldmont
Thanks very much. None of the descendants look like my chance seedling, which has tight fully double flowers so perhaps DE is not one of its parents.
Reply #2 of 4 posted 30 MAY 22 by Robert Neil Rippetoe
Yes, it's fertile both directions.
Reply #4 of 4 posted 30 MAY 22 by ldmont
Thanks very much. Not surprised as my Darlow's Enigma does set a lot of hips.
Discussion id : 131-202
most recent 16 JAN 22 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 16 JAN 22 by zlesak
This is just a guess, but with the narrow flower buds and way the clusters of blooms are abundant and how they branch, I see a resemblance to 'Nastarana'. I wonder if it may be a volunteer seedling of 'Nastarana' crossed with something more cold hardy. This is just a guess admiring this rose for some time and appreciating its unique combination of characteristics. Do others think it shares some/enough unique similarities with 'Nastarana' for this to be a reasonable possibility?
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