Friday, April 13, 2007

The Mystery Rose

These are pictures of my "mystery rose," which was already here when we bought the house. It's a once-blooming rosebush, and it's about six feet tall. It seems particularly susceptible to powdery mildew. I think I've seen the same rose in other parts of the neighborhood, but I'm not sure. Any ideas on what this might be?
Meanwhile... I'm going to Dallas this weekend, and my modem at home is broken, so I will probably list what's in bloom on the 16th instead of the 15th.


Blogger Susan said...

I'm afraid I have no idea. The only red rose I've ever grown is Martha Gonzales and it's much different.

I've been having powdery mildew problems on a couple of my roses and have been spraying them with a solution of baking soda, liquid dishwashing soap and water (I found the recipe on the Natural Gardener's website). It seems to at least be keeping the mildew in check and when the temperatures rise I usually find that my mildew problems stop.

I'm looking forward to meeting you and seeing your garden next week.

— Susan

April 13, 2007 10:35 AM  
Anonymous Pam/Digging said...

I don't know either, R. My only red rose is different. But like Susan's, it's having some sort of problem. Maybe it's mildew. Perhaps she'll diagnose it for me when she comes over next week.

April 13, 2007 11:54 AM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

There's one on my side fence that looks pretty similar - also a legacy from one of the previous owners. Mine also is once-blooming but might be a little taller. It gets some leaf crappage but is out of the way, so I mainly see the blobs of color.
Have fun in Dallas~

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

April 13, 2007 3:06 PM  
Anonymous M Sinclair Stevens (Austin) said...

I don't know either. Does it have a scent? The white throat reminds me of 'Dortmund' or the hybrid musk 'Wilhelm'. Does it get rose hips?

Mildew is hitting Souvenir de la Malmaison this week and black spot is getting her and Blush Noisette. I think I prefer the rain and mildew to drought, though--so I'm not complaining.

April 13, 2007 3:20 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I've no idea what the name is, but it is very striking. Definitely worth fighting the mildew to keep it.

I've been trying to find a rose that will grow in Austin that has large rosehips for the birds to eat in the fall. So far no luck, but will keep looking.


April 14, 2007 5:00 PM  
Blogger r sorrell said...

I don't think I've noticed hips on this one, but I cut it back quite a bit after it's done blooming. This particular rose must have been popular at some point, because I know I've seen several other bushes around town. (It gets a little black spot, too, but it bouces back just fine every year.)

April 17, 2007 7:27 AM  
Anonymous Hilary said...

The rose is the rootstock known as "Dr.Huey". If you notice, many old abandoned buildings will have the same rose. They are extremely hardy and quite pretty when blooming. Good background rose. If left alone, it gets quite large.

April 24, 2007 1:30 AM  
Blogger r sorrell said...

Thanks, Hilary. I'm looking it up right now.

April 24, 2007 7:20 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Just want to add that it was a real pleasure to meet you and see your pretty garden during the Ground Robin! Your roses really are as lovely in person as they are in your blog. I hope I can find some that will behave as well in my garden as they do in yours.


May 01, 2007 11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like a Gallica Rose - maybe "Tuscany Superb"? Check out pictures on the Antique Rose Emporium website and you'll see the resemblance.
Happy gardening!
-- Kathy

November 05, 2007 4:59 PM  

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