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West, Billy
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most recent 29 DEC 12 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 27 DEC 12 by raingreen
Hello Billy,

I admire your book on Tea roses. If you have the time: you do not include the rose 'Safrano' on your list of recommended varieties. Is this because the flowers don't develop well in warm weather?


Reply #1 of 1 posted 29 DEC 12 by billy teabag
Thank you Nate!
In 'Tea Roses...' we especially recommended 'Safrano' for its winter blooms but in a warm climate it is as you suggest. The summer blooms are very different. Less well developed - insignificant, fleeting things.
Is this your experience?
'Safrano' is one of the loveliest roses in the garden in the cooler months here in Perth. Apart from the sublime buds and blooms, it has very nice foliage and the new growth is a gorgeous purplish-red colour. Such a generous rose too! It repeats remarkably quickly, and forms many hips if the spent blooms are left on the plant.
I found it was somewhat mildew-prone in its early years but has become stronger and stronger and more disease resistant with age.
'Safrano' - and 'Isabella Sprunt' - are personal favourites and I would hate to be without either of them.
Do you grow 'Safrano' and / or 'Isabella Sprunt'?
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