Quest for a good lavender
I think I have finally come to the inevitable conclusion that I need to shovel prune my alba. It's a lovely rose, but it's too large for us and I've fought a losing battle for 3 years trying to keep her reigned in and tidy on 3 different support structures. She's just too much for me and for the front of our house.
I would love to find a mauve hybrid tea that makes me happy. I currently have Blue Girl. Love the color, love the bloom form, love the scent. The downside is that she grows straight up---I mean steeeeraight up the house like a ladder---and has blind shoots except at her very high tips. Attempts to cut her back yield more blind growth. Beautiful rose if you plant it in the ground and have a 2nd (and eventually 3rd) story balcony that she can poke through.
I also have Koko Loco, which is gorgeous, but it's low-growing and has a looser form, and the blooms are gone in a day and can't be cut for indoors. I think it will mature into a gorgeous garden rose, but it's not quite what I'm looking for.
Neptune makes me knock my head against a wall. I had 2 blooms last year. I had only 3 more this year, and nothing from May until now. In fact, it had no growth through the sweltering heat and drought and just started putting out new, red growth last Thursday. It usually just sits there & mocks me if the temps are over 75.
I adore my WWII Memorial, but it's such a light mauve that it really looks white most of the time. I have a few other minis and minifloras that are various shades of mauve, and I love them. But I'm looking for that oh-so-glorious juicy, big, fat bloom with lavender hues. I think the one I've considered most heavily right now is Nicole Carole Miller. I do not want Angel Face or Babs.
I'm looking for:
--Lavender [not pink, and not so light that it's white or silver]
--Doesn't shut down in normal summer heat
--Doesn't have ruffled petals
--I'd prefer high-centered, exhibition form
--I can spray periodically but I don't want a total disease-ridden dog
--Fragrance doesn't need to smack me in the head as I walk by, but it should at least be present. I don't want to order anything else that's unscented.
I don't want much, just everything.