HelpMeFind Roses, Clematis and Peonies
Roses, Clematis and Peonies
and everything gardening related.
DescriptionPhotosLineageAwardsReferencesMember RatingsMember CommentsMember JournalsCuttingsGardensBuy From 
'Belle Portugaise' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 160-096
most recent 22 JAN HIDE POSTS
Initial post 22 JAN by Pereirelover
Does somebody know if she's Hardy zone 8b? I've got a hot, sunny garden near Leuven in Flanders Belgium.

Reply #1 of 8 posted 22 JAN by Robert Neil Rippetoe
I think it would love it.
Reply #2 of 8 posted 22 JAN by Pereirelover
I'm gonna do it!
Reply #3 of 8 posted 22 JAN by Robert Neil Rippetoe
Gets BIG, needs support and lives a very long time.

I've seen ancient specimens in central California.

It used to be very popular and is now virtually forgotten.

Spectacular, but only once a year.....
Reply #4 of 8 posted 22 JAN by Pereirelover
Size isn't an issue. She has 15 meters in full hot south facing sun. Once flowering isn't a problem, I've got two Kiftsgate roses, Wedding day, Paul's Himalayan musk and apple blossom too
Reply #5 of 8 posted 22 JAN by Robert Neil Rippetoe
Great to have that much space to play with.. Very nice!
Reply #6 of 8 posted 22 JAN by Pereirelover
I've ordered half the inventory at Loubert roses lol. Due to climate change I'm trying Teas and China's
Reply #7 of 8 posted 22 JAN by jedmar
We have been trying out Teas and Chinas in Switzerland Zone 7b since over 15 years. Survivors are Anna Jung, Archiduc Joseph, Bon Silène, Comtesse de Leusse, Dr. Grill, Empress of China, E. Veyrath Hermanos, Lijiang Rose, Marie van Houtte, McClinton Tea, Mlle de Sombreul, Mme Antoine Mari, Mme Driout, Monsieur Rosier, Mutabilis, Old Blush, Papillon, Professur Ganiviat, Safrano, Souvenir de François Gaulain, Unermüdliche; as well as many Noisettes.
Of course they are never as lush as in Italy or southern France.
Reply #8 of 8 posted 22 JAN by Pereirelover
Thank you for the reply. Our Flemish garden in Belgium is 8b and our garden is sort of a Clos, surrounded by walls. It's very hot and dry, especially the past 15 years. Nearly all my normal roses struggle with the heat and go in standby mode. So I started with Teas and Noisettes now. I currently grow: Rêve d'or, Maréchal Niel, Mme Bérard, Gloire de Dijon, Safrano, Lorraine Lee, Mme Jules Gravereaux, Baronne Henriette Snoy, Elie Beauvillain, Devoniensis, Malmaison (bush and climber), La France, Catherine Mermet, Maman Cochet and white maman cochet, Filippa Pirette, Archiduc Joseph, Noëlla Nabonnand, Souvenir d'un ami etc..
Discussion id : 123-569
most recent 28 OCT 20 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 28 OCT 20 by SallyBordi
Our Belle of Portugal blooms in flushes through the year in Northern CA, San Francisco Bay Area, the Peninsula. My Grandpa planted it so it must be 70-90 years old. It’s been munched on by deer and goats and it just climbs higher and keeps going with out any care even through our driest 3 months of Mediterranean climate drought August-October. Half of its roots are probably growing under the cement pad it is planted next to offering some protection and moisture. It is on the West facing side of the house. It would like more sun because it reaches out to it. I’ve failed many times to grow it from cuttings and air layering. I will try inflicting a larger wound on the stem next try.
Discussion id : 111-541
most recent 16 JUN 18 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 16 JUN 18 by BrianH
I love roses, but this one has to be the most sublime things I have ever set eyes on. It is huge, tough, with the most delicate, perfect booms. I hope to be in a warm climate to grow this beauty someday. Susan Louise, its seedling [or, I believe, huge bush sport] is also an unusual, ungainly, perfect delight.
Discussion id : 35-890
most recent 24 APR 09 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 24 APR 09 by Jeff Britt
When I was in high school, we lived in house that shared a Belle of Portugal with the house next door. It had been planted along a long gone fence and had grown to great proportions. It was never pruned (we would have had to erect scaffolding to do it) and sent canes rocketing skywards every summer. The flowers were a marvel. The color always reminded me of the inside of a conch shell, a magical blending of pale pinks and glowing yellows on the inside of the petals. The flowers were huge and always prized in a bud vase. I recall a wonderful fragrance, not strong but very intense. The bloom period was just too short, you wanted it to go on forever.

If I ever live in a house with enough land, I will plant one.
© 2024