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angel face vs love song

Posted by view1ny 7 (My Page) on
Sat, Dec 14, 13 at 17:45

In the Witherspoon catalog, these 2 roses look almost identical. Anyone grow both? Which do you prefer? Is one a better rebloomer? More blackspot resistant?


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  • Posted by maryl Z7 Okla. (My Page) on
    Sat, Dec 14, 13 at 18:30

I hate to rat on an old favorite, but Angel Face left my garden years ago because of it's lack of blackspot resistance. I spray, but am not religious about it and Angel Face in my climate demanded regular scheduled maintenance. She's a beauty though and if your area doesn't face the B.S. pressure that we southerners do, you might want to give her a spin...... Sorry, I don't grow Love Song. Many of the lavenders/purples however are known for having rather poor B.S. resistance, but I've not heard about Love Songs yet.....Maryl


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thanks, maryl. Brooklyn is in BS territory & I'm better off with a rose that is a bit resistant. The lavender roses are so tempting & I want to find the best one for my zone.


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View1, I love the lavenders too! Poseidon did very well for me this year. It is supposed to be an FB but I bought it rooted on MF and it grew to 6 ft. Gorgeous, healthy and floriferous. Still trying to push new growth really...
I also purchased Love Song on Huey and it didn't do a thing...2 blooms.
Don't know why Poseidon photo is upside down and don't know how to fix it. Sorry.
Susan


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  • Posted by seil z6b MI (My Page) on
    Sun, Dec 15, 13 at 11:17

Love Song! While Angel Face can be beautiful it is notoriously black spot prone and not nearly as vigorous a grower as my Love Song was this season. And the colors are VERY different! Angel Face is a red based mauve while Love Song is much more blue. LS has more petals but still opens reliably in humidity and blooms in much bigger sprays and more often than AF does. IF it winters well for me it will be a much better rose all the way around.

Angel Face
Angel Face photo af2013_06080017_zpsadcb7507.jpg

Love Song


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I'm not pushing Angel Face necessarily, but the blooms on my AF are not pinkish at all, probably slightly more lavender than the Love Song pictured above. There must be quite a bit variation in color in AF's blooms. I'd suggest Blue Bayou, but that caused a little ruckus on the blue roses thread--heheh.
Diane
Here's Angel Face.


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Thanks all for the pics. The color variation between the 2 AF plants is amazing. I guess the best way to buy a rose is to wait to see a bloom. Where I live that's in June but no way I'm going to wait till then to buy more roses (which to be honest I'm not sure I have room for.)

Love Song & Poseidon are beautiful & I just wish I had more room.


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Yep -- I wasn't going for either of the two -- my thought would be that you would be MUCH happier with Blue for You. Or even with something like Enchanted Evening, which is also a good one in that lavendar florrie category and might be easier to find.


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  • Posted by seil z6b MI (My Page) on
    Tue, Dec 17, 13 at 15:09

Depends on what kind of form you're looking for. I don't have Blue for You but I think it has the least petals and fragrance of the three. LS has a lot of petals and a more old fashioned cabbage rose form with a nice but not strong fragrance. AF has fewer petals and more traditional HT form with a very strong fragrance. I think the color difference has a lot to do with the the climate and soil differences between our two locations. My AF will often fade to that more lavender color as it ages.


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Even though I love Imposter which is single-petaled, with each petal appearing to be hand-painted, I really prefer flowers that are packed with petals. So far, love song is the closest to what I'm looking for.

Thanks for the suggestions.


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  • Posted by seil z6b MI (My Page) on
    Tue, Dec 17, 13 at 19:18

I think you'll like LS best. It has good color, blooms a lot and is a healthy rose. And it does have a lot of petals!


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I like Love Potion which is sort of between the two. Not as fussy as Angel Face but a better bloomer than Love Song in my garden. I bought a tree Love Song and a bush Love Song on Dr. Huey roots. The bush has flowered more, but Love Potion still out performs it. Love Song's flowers are magnificent. I'm hoping mature roots will do the trick. Angel Face has fruitier scent and Love Potion is a little sweeter. Angel Face has cute ruffly flowers and a nice shaped plant.

Don't know why my Love Songs never got going this year. I noticed the tree versions at the Huntington were kind of sleepy as well. I mean it's not even growing many leaves and stems. But when the flowers come on, they are outstanding.

I heard so many good things about Neptune. That's supposed to be a big plant. I have Enchanted Evening too. That's a pretty rose, not too big and blooms all year. I really like it.


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My new Love Song (on Dr Huey) didn't bloom well for me, either...beautiful blooms in the spring, but then nothing all summer and only two blooms for it's "big" fall flush. I didn't detect any scent with mine when it did bloom. Hoping it will improve as it matures.


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