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zone hardiness for Mint Julep?

Posted by michigoose Z5OH (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 18, 09 at 22:34

Long story short: I live near Springhill Nursery and every spring at this time they clearance all their excess catalog plants for 99 center per.... I picked up a bare root rose "Mint Julep" and wondered if anyone can give me a zone hardiness...i.e. not what the books say, but the farthest north you've had success with. I looked, and it seems like this one might be a warmer liking one, although some people online had planted it (with no comment on winterhardiness) in zone 5.

Thanks!


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RE: zone hardiness for Mint Julep?

No one has mint julep????


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RE: zone hardiness for Mint Julep?

Michigoose,

I'm sorry to inform you that 'Mint Julep' is kind of a connoisseur's rose -- ie, a rose for folks who don't mind lavishing extraordinary amounts of care and constant frustration for very little return, reward, satisfaction . . .

Perhaps it's their gardeners who do the lavishing, I don't know . . .


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RE: zone hardiness for Mint Julep?

It survives winter for me, but just barely. I only get a few blooms each year, but the color is pretty cool. Roses Unlimited also sells.


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RE: zone hardiness for Mint Julep?

I have it here in California. That won't help you in "hardiness zones," but I can tell you that it's not worth coddling. UGLY rose. (Yes, there is such a thing.)

Kathy


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RE: zone hardiness for Mint Julep?

Kathy, Kathy, Kathy, how wrong you can be at times! Just as is beauty, ugly is also in the eye of the beholder. I might have to not be your friend unless you take this back. Seriously, I think the blooms are cool, but I've seen pictures with a nasty gray tint that did indeed look UGLY.


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RE: zone hardiness for Mint Julep?

Maybe we can get the powers that be to start an "ugliest rose" category in the next rose show. Not taking it back. It's blooming right now here, and I just went out and confirmed my opinion. Wish I could find my camera . . .

Grey and also spotted -- gets the rose award for most botrytis blight in my yard.

K


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RE: zone hardiness for Mint Julep?

I grew it in central Fl. for several years. It didn't like the hot, humid summers but during the spring and fall I thought it was a nice rose. But I mess around in my garden all the time so I guess you can say all my roses get a little extra care. If you're not sure about it, put it in a 10 or 15 gal pot and give it a little extra care. You'll know by the end of next summer. Thank you for reminding me about this rose. Next spring I have got the perfect place here at my new home for a couple.


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RE: zone hardiness for Mint Julep?

For those of you longing to coddle something -- you can get it here -- Cottage Farms Direct -- quite cheap.

Here is a link that might be useful: Mint Julep for sale


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RE: zone hardiness for Mint Julep?

K,

WOW!!! That's about the most color-enhanced photo I've ever beheld -- anywhere!!! Better even than some of Wayside Gardens' pics! Also, I have to complement you on standing your ground regarding Mint Julep . . . I'm another beholder whose eye tells me that Mint Julep is one very, very YOU-glee rose!!!

It's curious indeed that certain novelty roses persist in commerce: Roses like Mint Julep, Julia's Rose, Grey Pearl, Irish Creme, and (regardless of protests to the contrary) Sterling Silver -- whether any of them is grafted or (hopelessly) own-root.

Unless one gets-off on something approaching horticultural masochism, I can't imagine why perfectly good garden space is squandered on such dogs, or why good money is spent on them. Let's face it -- nobody grows them REALLY well in a garden setting.

The unwitting Michigoose can pride her/himself in having dropped only 99 cents at Spring Hill.


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