A tale of 6 climbers (with question of course)
Last year I planted 6 bareroot climbers against one chain link fence (to cover it up). 1 cl. blaze (regular, not improved), 1 cl. America, 1 cl. Pink Don Juan, 2 cl. St. Josephs Coat, 1 cl. Royal Gold. So - same conditions.
This year status:
cl. Blaze - amazing - huge, healthy, smothered in blooms
cl. America - gorgeous, huge, healthy, covered in blooms
cl. Pink Don Juan - a little smaller, not as many blooms, pretty healthy
cl. St Josephs Coat - covered in rust, looks unhealthy, blooms were briefly lovely but now half covered with faded shattered blooms, but growing lots of new buds.
cl. Royal Gold - about 1/2 size as others, had beautiful gold blooms in flush, now no blooms or buds, relatively healthy.
Question. Anyone familiar with st. josephs coat and/or royal gold? Do they take a few years to get established? Are they losers? I'm not one to make hasty decisions, and I have patience to wait if they'll come into their own. But curious about other's experiences.