I planted florentina last summer and the blooms held up nice over the hot summer. I am looking forward to seeing it mature over the years. Anyone with Florentina add your pics especially the mature ones so I can see what I have to look forward to!
Mine likes the sun! it is in full sun from
morning to night. All of my roses are new, most planted this summer but many are frying in our heat. I am hoping the others will do better when they are more mature. If they dont i should replace them with Eden, Florentina or Bolero as these are all doing well so far. I am so impressed with Florentina. This picture was from yesterday when our weather hit 99-100 degrees. Some of these blooms are one week old and we have had quite a bit of wind as well. I need to put somthing up for it to climb on over the solid fencing because it is laying on the ground. Thank you all for the nice comments and sharing your experiences with your Florentina.
I don't have Florentina but wanted to say your bush is fantastic!
Beautiful rose, Lala. I've been a fan of Florentina for several years. Yours is a lovely example of good gardening and great SW Idaho weather (sometimes, but not right now--ha). Diane (your neighbor in Hidden springs)
Honeymoon aka Florentina
Lady in Red vs. Florentina
My Maryland rose garden 2019
That's impressive for how young it is. Mine is older and not that full. I have to really love a red rose to have it in my garden, and I do love Florentina. Here's a close up. I'm ashamed to show the whole plant. I hope her form improves this year.
This is one cluster. That's one reason I like this rose so much. One stem is a bouquet. Looking back at yours, you get more single blooms, and they appear to be quite large So many variables - soil, climate and amendments.
I remember this photo, Flowers. It sent me scurrying to HMF, and I've loved Florentina ever since seeing your photo. Your photo of Florentina really reminds me of Ascot--only it has the graceful, laxer habit of a climber. Diane
Diane, sometimes Florentina looks so much like Ascot, I wonder if I need Ascot since I don't use very many reds. I believe Ascot is darker and the blooms are larger, so there is a difference, plus it's either a hybrid tea or a shrub, according to HMF. Which does yours seem more like? I'd guess shrub. Yeah, I think I need it. I have found that these deep cool toned reds really bring out the delicate pinkness of all these pale Austins.
Some say Ascot is a grandiflora, but you're right, it looks more like a giant bush with huge thick canes (I'm not so wild about pruning those things. I remember Palatine wrote Ascot would attain 21/2 feet tall. That was the year I bought two of them. Every year after that they revised Ascot's size upward, but they're still way underestimating, as is HMF. Rouge Royale is another good red, and mine is getting bigger every year. I've reached the point where I can't photograph it well, since it hangs on the edge of a steep slope. Why didn't i transplant that thing? Diane
You need Ascot, also. Love these two.
Wow ! Florentina looks gorgeous! I struggle with red roses , where to place them and how to blend them with my others . I don’t know why I over analyze this . When I lived in Tennessee I would place a white rose between them and call it good . Not very artistic !
These are beautiful pictures.
Thanks, Lily! I have my Florentina
planted next to light pinks and some whites. l dont know if orhers like red and
pink together; but I think it looks pretty.
Flowersaremusic: Your Florentina is beautiful! its such a great rose and the leaves are very dark and healthy looking.
Thank you, HU, I appreciate that. I, for one, do love pinks and reds together. It jazzes up the pink and brings the red down a notch. I would not even consider using red or yellow for many years, but I'm so glad I ventured into some of the Austin deep, velvety reds. I'm still working on yellow. I have some, I just don't love them. Yet.
Flowers: I cant really capture a good picture of Florentina, from a distance you cant really see it does bloom in clusters. Many of the roses have buds clustered around them. I do think its growth habit is probably similar to yours. I love your Florentina!
Thanks Diane. I am looking forward to you posting pictures of your gorgeus roses this season. If the blooms dont blow away in this weather!
Lala, reds are almost impossible to get a true photo of. Your clusters are probably what I thought were huge single blooms. I'll be working on getting mine to fill out like yours and not be so wispy. But, I do agree Florentina is a great red climber.
Last summer!? Your Florentina is gigantic for being planted last summer.
flowersaremusic z5 Eastern WA adorable and funny you're embarrassed to show the whole plant, your flowers are beautiful.
Here's my experience with Florentina - I planted it in June 2019 and it grew so many leaves but no buds. I thought surely in 2020 since it was so vigorous it would grow flowers. Nope, but the leaves and canes were glossy and healthy and the plant grew large. In 2021 when I saw the first bloom I got excited but assumed there would be few - wrong again... it is loaded with flowers, and each one of them is perfect. No tattered or browning edges on the petals. It took its time to produce, possibly because of the location, soil, humidity, temperature, but made sure when blooms came out they would be perfect.
I'm not a red rose lover, but out of my 2 dozen rose bushes, this one might be my current favorite or at least current top 3. The blooms are cupped, fluffy, healthy, and perfect. I love the deep velvet red, the spray buds that open after cutting, and it even ages well in a vase, at the end of their life they just become limp and no petals dropping everywhere or brown curly edges.
I also found that to be true that it requires a couple of years to get going before really produces blooms. It also needs sun.
Vaporvac Z6-OhioRiverValley that's good to know... it's facing East right now but that spot is prime for a deck or a patio, which I may eventually get. I'll go with the patio to avoid moving it or blocking its sun.
@Lala Idaho Zone 7a Your Florentina is so gorgeous! I planted 2 of them last fall, but they are growing VERY slowly! I think there are only 2 canes on each of them, even after fertilizing and baby-ing them :(. Not sure when I can get blooms at this rate. Last week, I found Florentina in 1-gal pot from Lowes and bought a few, hoping they will grow faster than the ones I have. They are own-root though, so I probably won't get any blooms until few more years. Is your grafted or own root?
Beryl Santoso, that might be why mine took 2 years to bloom- it is an own-root rose. But though mine isn't as plentiful as Lala Idaho, it is healthy & still blooming like crazy to my liking as I haven't been home much in the past 2 years to tame or even care for any of the roses.
Beryl~ mine is grafted so maybe that is why it took off so quick.
Lala Idaho Zone 7a that is good to know yours was grafted, I do find grafted roses to take off a bit quicker, but some of my shrub ones (not climbing ones) become a bit lopsided.