Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Abraham Darby is supposed to grow like a climber in Louisiana, but mine has never done this. The canes get relatively long, but they are stiff and just not long enough to train along the fence. So this year, I pruned mine way back somewhat like a hybrid tea. I'm hoping the plant will fill out and get more thick and bushy than in past years because of this. There is no blackspot yet, so Abe is looking good. By June blackspot will have decimated this plant and it won't look so good.
In spite of the blackspot problems, I cannot resist these luscious, full blooms. This is the reason I keep this rose - not to mention the strong, fruity fragrance that I love so well. The blooms are more pink now, but become apricot as hot weather comes in. Not recommended for easy care.