The Abbaye de Cluny rose is a variety which seems to be quite happy in
my desert garden. I planted this Hybrid Tea/Romantica just two years
ago, and it was a star in its first summer, with the blooms opening
beautifully and lasted amazingly well in the summer heat.
This year was quite different - early summer 2009 had cooler than usual
temperatures and quite a bit of rain which, for most of my roses, was a
blessing, allowing them a long, mild period of growth and bloom. Abbaye
de Cluny, however, did not appreciate this at all, and its generous
initial flush of blooms did not open properly. Instead there were
browned edges, and balling.
Now that our dry heat has resumed, the mid-July blooms are opening
nicely, though it is largely between flushes. My young plant is
currently 3 1/2 feet tall and wide, and is growing in a pleasing, even
vase shape, with good foliage top to bottom.
I have heard the Abbaye de Cluny rose proposed as an alternate selection
for Just Joey - its seed parent - in climates where the incomparable
Just Joey is not hardy. While their color is similar, their form is
not, and they seem to like quite different conditions. Just Joey had a
magnificent first flush this year, and has continued to bloom very well
as the heat has increased. Since my Just Joey is a mature plant, with
seven years in the ground, further comparisons will have to wait while
Abbaye de Cluny catches up. But at this time, I believe that both
plants are wonderful garden plants in my climate.
Abbaye de Cluny rose bush .
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