I am definitely, at long last, planning on ordering Basye’s Legacy which has been on my wish list for a good half dozen years, but in addition to shipping, plants from CA must carry phytosanitation which adds to the cost of a package, so I feel like, out of principal, I should round out my order, just to avoid paying $60 for one single #$&@ band… (This is how it begins… I’ve already determined the kid’s gonna hafta get a full scholarship anyway.)
A medium flat box holds six bands.
I have a no-spray Central Texas garden without irrigation that really separates the excellent from the exceptional (and kills all others). BS pressure is high.
I would love to hear folks experiences/thoughts with this (relatively random) assortment under consideration:
Dinky – Dunno much about it, but it looks like something I want to play with. Of course the extreme bloom-power shown in online photos probably implies a modicum of sterility, and I know nothing of its health. 'Dinky' Rose
Shadow Dancer – I’ve been wanting to work with some stripes. Is there a candidate that folks think would be preferable? Some of the Delbard painter series can probably be had cheaply here in a month or two, but they are grafted onto Doc Phooey which can present issues for me here for some reason. 'Shadow Dancer' Rose
Lyda Rose – Perhaps not as disease-resistant as I had been led to believe, and the reviews I have heard have been mixed, but this had been one I was wanting for some time as well. 'Lyda Rose' Rose
Blue Mist – was considering in lieu of Lyda Rose after hearing mixed reviews of latter, but wonder if this suffers many of the same faults with a particularly uninteresting pedigree?.. 'Blue Mist' Rose
Heinrich Karsch – allegedly thornless older cultivar about which I have found little information. A mauve that arose from two older orangey polyanthas, so I don’t know what kind of color gets passed on… 'Heinrich Karsch' Rose
Sweet Chariot – used in many of the mauves of today, but perhaps far enough that there is more and better modern stuff to use rather than going backwards? Plus, it’s diminutive size makes me think planting it in my tough garden would be tantamount to releasing a chihuahua in the Serengeti to fend for itself. (Same might hold for prior one as well…) 'Sweet Chariot' Rose
Jeanne LaJoie – years ago, something made me think this worth acquiring, and although I’m not aiming for old pinks, she does look quite appealing to me.
Keith’s Delight – is intriguing, but probably a thuggish, thorny struggling thing in my climate. (Had a seedling of Mr. Nash x Rugelda here, and while the blooms and foliage were attractive when fresh, I called it “Dirty Kleenex in Barbed Wire” for the way the smelly blooms faded. It also suffered BS. I wonder, had it been given more acidic soil…) 'Keith's Delight' Rose
Moje Hammarbert – I have been interested in Rugosa genes, but again, I very much doubt this would be remotely happy in Central Texas.
Thanks for any insights.