*** Growing near Houston, TX: sub tropical zone 9a. Mild winters, hot, extremely humid summers that last half the year. No Spray garden. ***
Notes: Abraham Darby, the full disclosure.. - Oh My hell, this guy. I bought a tiny plant from Heirloom Roses back in 2010 and decided after a season or two that despite his strong growth, even in a big pot, I would get rid of him. I cut all of his top growth off and intended to throw the rest out later, but forgot. This happened three times. Two years ago, I needed to place several potted plants into the garden to keep my dog from digging up empty (and not so empty) spaces, so there Abe went. All of the pots were eventually moved out of the garden, except for you know who, because he had been receiving the Eye of Sauron for years and really I just wasn't going to spare him another thought (nor was I going to throw my back out dragging that gigantic tree sized pot of his across the yard again). Oh you know what happened next. Despite being in FULL all day Houston sun, for two years with no water he has grown and thrived, rooted through the pot into the ground in a totally awkward place, but he blooms so much now and smells so nice that I think love him. Sigh. He wants to LIVE. I've been a cruel mistress indeed.
Purchased as a band plant from Heirloom roses Sept 2010.
Sept 2011, A.D. is now about two feet wide and tall.
August 2013- My potted plant is currently a lanky and sparsely foliated 4x3, and will likely enjoy being put in the ground at the new house. Does blackspot occasionally in spring and is very thirsty most of the time. Flowers smell kind of stinky during summer.
8/2014- still haven't planted this one. It never has leaves and is so big...
5/2/2019- Abe had rooted through the pot into the ground so I had to yank that out first, then planted today near Maggie.
5/17/2021- Died back to the ground after our late deep freeze this past winter, but has grown back a little and is on the road to recovery.
2/2/2022- Died back quite a bit over last summer and now looks like it is about to die. I'm stunned. Abe just never recovered from last year's polar vortex (or whatever it was called).