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Tell me about Blue Bayou (Floribunda, 1993)

Posted by molineux 6b (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 4, 14 at 14:03

I've had my eye on this lavender Floribunda for some time now. More than one rosarian has noted this as the most beautiful lavender rose. However, I have absolutely no experience with it. Heirloom should be offering it own root next year. I was thinking about planting it with Blue-for-You in a bed devoted to lavender roses. Two others I'm considering is either Royal Amethyst or Melody Parfumee (as an Angel Face substitute, which I've never been able to grow to any satisfaction).

How do these roses do own root? Is Blue Bayou fragrant (I've read contrasting reports). I spray so disease resistance shouldn't be an issue. I[m more interesting in knowing about the plants vigor.

This pic of Blue Bayou by Nanadoll at another RF thread made my jaw drop.


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RE: Tell me about Blue Bayou (Floribunda, 1993)

Lavender roses are my favorite and when I saw that picture my jaw dropped too-- I had to have it. Imagine my excitement when I found it was bred by Kordes, just north of here. But, I found Kordes is not selling it direct anymore. No clue why--

Now they are really pushing floribunda Novalis (Poseidon) lavender rose. You might consider it as an alternative. It was awarded the independent all German Rose trial badge for hardiness and blooms. It is very close to Blue Bayou in color and very beautiful.

http://www.rosebreeders.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=51184&sid=f2e54425e2ba4eb20ee0c30965a4736f

Here is a link that might be useful: Novalis Rose HMF


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RE: Tell me about Blue Bayou (Floribunda, 1993)

  • Posted by seil z6b MI (My Page) on
    Wed, Jun 4, 14 at 16:26

That is beautiful! But I see it's really hard to find. I have Love Song and I'm very happy with how much it blooms and how healthy it is for me.


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RE: Tell me about Blue Bayou (Floribunda, 1993)

Not answering your question, but why do you say it'll be available at Heirloom next year? Did you contact them about it or are you assuming?


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BLUE BAYOU is listed as sold out at the Heirloom site. I'm assuming it will be available again next year. If it isn't then I suppose I'll substitute either BLUEBERRY HILL or WILD BLUE YONDER. I really want to stick to Floribundas as the bed is intended for hedging and garden display rather than cut flowers.

Image of Wild Blue Yonder by pat_bamaZ7.


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It's a weak grower that lacks vigour and it is fairly disease prone to BS in particular.

Forget BB all together Patrick and just get Poseidon (Novalis). Apart from a lack of fragrance, you will not be disappointed in any other regard. It's the best rose currently available in this colour scheme and I've tried most of them at one time or another as I'm fond of Lavender roses.


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No fragrance? Well that scratches Poseidon permanently off my list. Sorry but I only grow strongly perfumed roses.


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Understood, but shame nontheless. It's an exceptional rose in all other regards.


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Melody Parfumee has a heavenly fragrance, more on the pink side than blue, lightly stippled, HT style blooms with good substance.

Blueberry Hill is a nice healthy rose, own root, very hardy. I don't think I've noticed much of a fragrance. I like the semi-double blossoms better than Love Song, but that's a matter of my taste. Love Song blooms more than Blueberry Hill, but it tends to ball and wilt for me when it's wet and humid.


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I've smelled BLUEBERRY HILL before and for me it has a strong fruity (apple) fragrance. Glad to know it grows well own root.


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Patrick, I agree that that pic of Blue Bayou by Nanadoll really IS extra special!! WOW!!! :-)


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I have two Blue Bayous, and neither one of them do very much. They have pretty silvery lavender flowers, but not many of them. My best of the lavender floribundas are Blueberry Hill, Blue for You, and Simply Marvelous. Melody Parfumee, for me, is quite pretty, prolific, and highly fragrant. It grows to be quite tall and is very prone to blackspot. It is a grandiflora rather than a floribunda, just in case that matters.


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