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Which Yellow Austin: 'Happy Child' or 'Poet's Wife'?

8 years ago

Despite my better judgment I added The Poet's Wife to my David Austin USA order today.

http://www.helpmefind.com/gardening/l.php?l=2.70799

With new Austin rose introductions I tend to wait a few years and several public garden visits before committing to a purchase. After all these years I'm leery of his marketing hype; especially considering how badly his roses misbehave in California.

Over 20 years ago I planted Happy Child in SoCal (z-24) and truly enjoyed its beautiful flower and relatively stable color.

http://www.helpmefind.com/rose/l.php?l=2.1877

Unfortunately, it grew in reverse and eventually declined to nothing. It never got taller than 40 inches, which is great, but never had more than two canes at a time, forming a thin sparse bush. Perhaps I had a dud or the location was wrong. In contrast, Kathryn Morley was planted at the same time, ten feet away, but grew densely like a grandiflora on steroids. I wouldn't mind giving Happy Child another try up here in more temperate NorCal (z-15) if it grows well in the Bay Area.

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