Need suggestions: Firefighter & Francis Meilland
I planted one each of Francis Meilland and Firefighter last April. They are both beautiful roses, but didn't do much at all for me as far as blooming. Francis Meilland gave me one gorgeous rose, Firefighter gave me two. The bushes themselves are puny looking too. I have them planted in the same bed. I also have a floribunda planted in the same bed that bloomed almost continuously all season, it was its third season though. Most of my roses are good bloomers, so I'm pretty sure it's nothing I've done wrong. I can deal with sparse blooming, just a few roses per flush, but just three between them during the whole season isn't worth it. They are both such beautiful and fragrant roses I really am pulling for them to do better. Does it just take these two awhile to get established or could it be that they would do better in another area? I believe they are getting plenty of sunlight, mostly afternoon.