... growing and hybridizing all kinds of plants in zone 6b Maryland since the 1980's.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Rosa fedtschenkoana

It never really went "all out" with a lot of blooms all at once, but true to its reputation has been blooming here and there ever since it started (way back in Spring). And it's been bulking up into quite a shrub with cool gray foliage. Thanks a million to Patrick Guidry for making sure I finally got to grow this exceptional rose species!!! I'd been trying to get it for probably 20 years [on waiting lists and backordered and discontinued and mislabeled, etc.] Then, when the first plant Patrick sent me didn't make it, he insisted on sending me another. Well, he was right, once it got established it took off! And I've been making good use of its pollen. I've been putting it on rugosa alba, carolina, virginiana and davidii elongata. Some of the hips look pretty promising!
Oh and by the way, Kim Rupert's description of the foliage scent is pretty accurate - something along the lines of smoke and fir trees - I can't remember exactly the words. 

2 comments:

  1. Do you still grow this rose? I absolutely need it! I want to find a way to combine eglanteria apple scent with fedtschenkoana smoke scent into a remontant shrub rose. It would be mind blowing if I could get those two qualilites plus moss!

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  2. Do you still grow this rose? I absolutely need it! I want to find a way to combine eglanteria apple scent with fedtschenkoana smoke scent into a remontant shrub rose. It would be mind blowing if I could get those two qualilites plus moss!

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