Anyone grow Carefree Celebration?

linrose(6b KY)February 17, 2009

I ordered this just because it's supposed to be orange and because it's a Radler rose (Knockout et al.) but I haven't heard anything first hand about it. I'd like to include it in a yellow/apricot/orange bed that already has Carefree Sunshine in it along with Westerland and Jude the Obscure and Pat Austin.

When I placed my orders I kind of went crazy with the yellow/apricot/orange roses this year. I hope I didn't blow it too much.

What do you think?

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I had it last year. It faded to light apricot the next day, not much orange at all. Compared to all the shrubs which bloom a lot nowadays it is a sparce bloomer. Pretty good disease resistance but did get some spots here in the deep South. It may do better where you are.


    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 5:36PM
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alameda/zone 8

I planted it this time last year - it gets afternoon sun, has grown well and made a big shrub. It blooms all the time for me and I like the apricot color. I just wish the blooms were a bit bigger. Buts its been healthy, green leaves and I may get another. I think you will like it. I would like to hear more reports on it.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 5:58PM
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Hi, Mine bloomed OK but it didn't get tons of sun. My sister in law had hers in full, full sun and I believe she said hers bloomed great and got huge. Mine wasn't real orange either but it was pretty. Judy

    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 5:58PM
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This is a beautiful bush, always blooming and disease free, but it is not orange. Mine was more of a coral.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 7:14PM
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linrose(6b KY)

I'm reviving this thread because I received my new Carefree Celebration a couple of weeks ago and I'm excited about it! It had two blooms on it when it arrived and its color was an intense orange-coral. It has faded to a light coral but I don't consider it unattractive. Coral is a difficult color to work into a garden so I will place it carefully but I am impressed with how long the blooms last. This baby is now pumping out new buds. It is more double than I expected but, yes, the blooms are rather small. Hopefully if it produces many blooms at a time the effect will be lovely.

This is how it looks now, with the original two week old blooms and new buds coming on. The bud color is exactly like the new bloom color.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2009 at 7:23PM
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Livin Easy..great rose..disease hardy and stays orange

    Bookmark   April 18, 2009 at 7:48PM
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linrose(6b KY)

I had Livin Easy for only one season but it succumbed to the Easter freeze of 07. I liked it though, I might try it again, thanks for reminding me of it.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2009 at 8:04AM
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Cindi McMurray

Linrose, who did you order your Carefree Celebration from?
The photo is beautiful.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2009 at 6:43PM
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alameda/zone 8

I will comment again now that my roses are blooming. CC is blooming its head off, I love the color, the leaves are healthy and I like it so much I have purchased another. It has made a huge shrub. I didnt prune it alot this spring......Its only downside is that the blooms are not huge but there are lots of them so the bush is always attractive. Like this one alot!!

    Bookmark   April 20, 2009 at 12:00AM
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linrose(6b KY)

I got mine from Chamblees.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2009 at 5:10PM
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In WI with too much shade, it blooms beautifully, with lovely coral-orange blossoms!!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2011 at 11:20PM
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Hi, Advice appreciated. Trying to select new coral/orange rose for 60 foot planter.I have had great success with landscape rose called Drift in coral in my succulent garden.
they bloom continuously need no care but are not what I want for new planter. Currently have Ficus Repens and Hydrangea in the planter but it is just too sunny for hydrangea.They get leaf burn and I need to move them back to other side of the house where they did well. Roses I am considering are Coral Beauty,Carefree Celebration,Matchless Mother, Grand-Duc Henri, Tintinara, and Memories. I really love a larger blousey type of blooms and the landscape roses are great at a distance but small blooms.The planter is deep and 24 " wide and not enclosed on the bottom for good drainage.I want to be able to cut blooms for the house. Sun & water are no problem but choosing ten of the right roses is the challenge. All advice appreciated.Ficus is out of control as I am trying to espalier it and supports not all in yet.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2014 at 6:40PM
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