I love my 'Jude the Obscure'

melle_sacto(Z9/Sunset 14 CA)April 18, 2014

Partly just because of the name ;-) Today is the first day of what will be a season of lovely blooms, plus a smaller rebloom, and I wanted to share how much I adore this plant. Aside from some not-that-great mini roses I've received as gifts, Jude is the only rose for me.

I read about Jude here, several years ago, and I think I asked for (and received) a teeny Jude bare root for Christmas...must have been 4-5 years ago now. The first couple years it didn't really impress, but now that it's established it's one tough plant.

What a great shrub. I adore the fragrance, it's not the cloying rose scent but something fresh, fruity in a tropical sort of way. I love the old-fashioned blooms. I love the peachy/yellow color. I love how well it does in my climate.

Here's a photo I took outside. I tried to capture the full shrub, but with the sun etc it didn't really look that great. It's about 4' wide and 6' tall, would grow bigger if I didn't keep it pruned a bit.

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zjw727(Coastal Oregon Zone 8b)

Jude the Obscure has one of favorite scents- it's really REALLY attractive (to my nose)!

    Bookmark   April 18, 2014 at 1:17PM
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kidhorn(7a MD)

Glad you like it. I gave up on Austin roses years ago. I was never able to get any of them to stay healthy and they were kind of pricey.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2014 at 1:30PM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

I am so glad to hear someone In my zone singing the praises of this rose. I am saving one of the last rose spots for another Austin. Jude and Wollerton Old Hall are the two I want to see in person before choosing.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2014 at 4:17PM
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ingrid_vc so. CA zone 9

Your rose bouquet is absolutely glorious, and it took my breath away when I opened your post. That's probably the best picture I've seen of this rose, hands down. The outside bush is also quite attractive but I'd be tempted to cut all the flowers to take indoors!

Ingrid

    Bookmark   April 18, 2014 at 7:19PM
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bevgailgarden(7a)

This is also one for which I've been saving a spot. My 18 month old tried to smell the picture when she saw the bouquet. Achingly beautiful!

    Bookmark   April 18, 2014 at 7:40PM
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daisyincrete Z10? 905feet/275 metres

That is a gorgeous rose. It makes me impatient to see mine. I planted a Jude last winter. It has one bud on it.
I hope it does as well as yours, Melle Sancto.
Daisy

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 5:21AM
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Mountie(6b)

melle sacto,
The buds on your Jude the Obscure bush are very beautiful. I would like to have one (or a few) for myself. Did he bloom well for you during the summer?

    Bookmark   October 18, 2014 at 12:31PM
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seil zone 6b MI

Beautiful! That globular form is what I like best about most of the Austin roses.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2014 at 3:02PM
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blocke19

My absolute favorite rose too! Took a few years to establish (own root) but he's finally starting to take off! The scent is divine and the flowers like a painting. Mine's about 3x3 after 3yrs. The pink on the left is Evelyn, another slow starter for me

    Bookmark   October 19, 2014 at 11:16AM
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blocke19

Another shot. Spring 2014

    Bookmark   October 19, 2014 at 11:27AM
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Mountie(6b)

blocke 19,
What a beautiful rose you have! What does your Jude look like now (in October) ?

    Bookmark   October 19, 2014 at 2:07PM
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blocke19

Still very healthy, I spray maybe once a month or so. I cut a bunch of blooms last week because we were due a good frost but today there's maybe 3 more buds getting ready to open. Grows about a foot over the season. My only complaint (if such) is that I wish he'd get bushier, he's still quite an open plant

    Bookmark   October 19, 2014 at 5:11PM
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nanadollZ7 SWIdaho(Zone 7 Boise SW Idaho)

Beautiful pics everyone. Jude is a favorite of mine, but he took some time to get established. Jude is now starting his eleventh year in my garden, and he's a very large rose. Diane

    Bookmark   January 12, 2015 at 4:04AM
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Michaela .:. thegarden@902 .:. (Zone 5b - Iowa)

What a beautiful rose. Love the pictures... it's nice to see pictures of the full shrub, those seem difficult to find!

You guys aren't helping me narrow down my wishlist of DAs for this year... I've just added another.

:o) Michaela

    Bookmark   January 12, 2015 at 10:00AM
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ameri2nal

We love our Jude here in Chicagoland Too! Smells like Grapefruit to me.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2015 at 10:07PM
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ameri2nal

We love our Jude here in Chicagoland Too! Smells like Grapefruit to me.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2015 at 10:08PM
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