Our Favorite Coastal Roses
by VGCLJ member Ruth Barnett
Finding a beautiful rose that offers a lasting bloom and a lovely fragrance is easy. Finding one that likes damp coastal weather and doesn't need a lot of chemicals to keep it healthy and happy is another thing. But they are out there and some of our members have been kind enough to share their favorites. Thanks to each of you who took the time to let us know what they are.
"We like the old standards like Double Delight and Mr. Lincoln because of their sturdy, reliable bloom. Our favorite is Mt. Hood, a prolific bloomer all year...and the white roses last nearly two weeks when picked!"
"My best coastal roses are Cecile Brunner and Blueberry Hill. Most everyone is familiar with Cecile--grows beautifully and has those little baby pink blossoms. It has been almost pest free for me. I had an episode with little green worms, but after I stripped the canes of all of their leaves and growth, it has been perfect. "Blueberry Hill is a fairly new rose (within the last 5 years), and is similar to an old rose floribunda. I have had no problems with beasts or fungus at all. The flower is lavender with 5 or 6 petals."
"I love Graham Thomas, one of David Austin's roses. Even though not classified as a climber, it acts like one growing happily over my fence. The beautiful yellow cabbage-like blossoms bloom constantly. It grows on it's own, is remarkably hearty and vigorous and resists mildew and mold with a simple application of the Organa Foliar Spray."
"We love Cecile Brunner. We sometimes forget to fertilize and yet it blooms nearly year round. We live off Tecelote Canyon. Sometimes we have fog until 11 am and yet have no problem with powdery mildew."