Monday, April 25, 2011

Golden Celebration

My Golden Celebration (shrub, Austin, 1992) is a four-year old own-root rose, now easily 10 ft tall.


It is gorgeous in spring, with a profusion of huge, perfectly shaped orangey-yellow blooms with a strong citrus fragrance. They last up to a week in a vase (very long for an Austin) retaining their fragrance for a long time.


I am trying to grow mine as a climber on an arbor, and it does well this way except for about 4 ft of naked canes at the bottom. I prune it as a climber too, cutting back flowering laterals in winter and leaving the main basal canes alone (there aren't that many of them yet).


It has no mildew or rust in my climate, and only a bit of blackspot most springs. Unfortunately, repeat is not spectacular although I have heard from several people that older specimens do repeat reliably. I'll just have to wait and see :).

39 comments:

  1. Las flores son espectaculares, con un color preciosos, parecen de oro!!!!
    Un beso desde Valencia, España
    LOLA

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  2. Thank you, Sheila and Lola. I am glad you liked them, I am enjoying spring very much.

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  3. Golden celebration looks terrific in your garden Masha, David Austin Roses don't fair so very well in the North East of Scotland.

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  4. Oh, you picked a favorite of mine today and I love them on a trellis. Yours are gorgeous and so full. What a great rose to cut and bring inside for the fragrance.

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  5. Alistair, interesting. I hear from people in the North (zones 4 and 5) and Austins do well for them there.

    I am glad I did, Donna! Thank you.

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  6. There is something so beautiful in a yellow rose...they are stunning...not sure how my climbers will do...many have died right back but hopefully they will emerge and grow stronger this year

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  7. Donna, I hope your climbers do well this year! The yellows ones are beautiful because those yellow blooms go wonderfully with green leaves and the blue sky...

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  8. Beautifull, I can almost smell them from out of my screen ...
    Nice warm yellow color.

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  9. Hello masha,
    Your golden celebration is wonderful: I planted that rose three months ago..I'll be patient..
    Bisous
    sophie

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  10. The yellow roses are the favorite of my mother ... beautiful colors, beautiful pictures .

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  11. Masha, what a lovely homage this post is to 'Golden Celebration'! The first photo and the third with GC on the arbor just take my breath away. I wouldn't be surprised when GC is sold out at David Austin Roses in Texas after you published your post :-)! Thanks for the treat!
    Christina

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  12. I have often admired this rose. Don't know why I've never put one in my garden. It looks lovely on your arbor.

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  13. Thank you, Marian, I wish I could send you some fragrance :)

    Merci, Sophie, I hope yours will do well. I can't wait to see pictures!

    Thank you, Dani, I am glad you liked them.

    Thank you, Christina, and I hope they send me some royalties when they sell out :)

    Thank you, HolleyGarden, you need to make a trip to Tyler and tell us about it!

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  14. Oh what a beautiful rose.It is good to hear when there are no little diseases that bother it. I love the color.

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  15. I would love for you to do a post on how to 'prune' these roses that could go either way (i.e. large shrub or climber). :) I don't know how and I am scared to add one of these monsters without knowing.

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  16. Thank you, Lona. Roses are climate-specific, so what does well here might not somewhere else.

    Jess, thanks for the idea. I will think about it. Don't be scared, get it and let it grow - the rose will forgive you if you cut a cane wrong. Just observe, and do it right next year :).

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  17. Love to hear about that one. I chose 'Teasing Georgia' and 'Crown Princess Margareta' for my yellow Austins instead, but they're so young that I can't say much about them. How nice to think that GC and maybe others will be stronger repeaters as they age.

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  18. VW, I am glad you liked it - I know you love Austins. I wouldn't call CPM yellow, here it is orangey-apricot. I am not sure about Austins being good repeaters - my CPM certainly isn't :). Maybe GC will be my first one.

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  19. Mmmm, you made my day with this post! Beautiful Roses and photos, and great information. That last photo of the Roses in the vase would be perfect framed and hung on a wall where you could see it every day! Just gorgeous!

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  20. Thank you, Beth. Great idea, maybe I should do that - I would certainly like to look at it in winter :).

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  21. Great pictures of Golden Celebration, thanks!
    David Austin roses are among my favorites.

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  22. Thank you, Lois, I like them too.

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  23. Oh, how lovely ! Your roses 'Golden Celebration' look wonderful ! I wish I could smell the fragrance from all the blooming roses...

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  24. Thank you, Sandra. One day they might come up with a way to photograph fragrance :).

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  25. My favourite yellow rose ! Here it repeats very much till frost.

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  26. Masha, This is truly a spectacular rose. I have 3 shrubs of this rose and each Spring, it never fails to bring that WOW factor to our garden. I love the way you have it climbing with the naturally nodding blooms hanging, a very lovely effect. Great post.

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  27. Merci, Isabelle. I am glad to know it repeats for you, there is hope for me then...

    Thank you, RR. Three shrubs of it must indeed bring the WOW factor. I hope I will get to see pictures.

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  28. Just gorgeous, Masha. I'm a sucker for yellow roses, but I don't think most Austins would be happy in my no-spray Florida garden. I've seen Graham Thomas growing nearby no-spray. Very tempting. Thanks for your delicious photos.

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  29. If I keep reading your blog I will need to buy a new garden with space for lots of roses! Stunning, stunning rose this one.

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  30. Thank you, Sweetbay.

    Thank you, Sherry, I hope you get your yellow roses - maybe some Teas? GC will certainly blackspot (it does it even here).

    Christine, thank you, I hope your Icebergs do well.

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  31. Hi Masha,
    A very yellow golden celebration. Beautiful foto's from the Austin; very, very beutiful roses. I enyoi it.
    Lovely greetings, Elly

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  32. Thank you, Elly. I am glad you liked them.

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  33. What amazing colored blooms! I like peach and yellow blossoms so much more than red and pink.

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  34. Thank you, Tracy, I am glad you enjoyed the pictures.

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  35. Thank you, Sandra. I am glad you liked it.

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  36. Thanks for this info, Masha! I'm now thinking of trying one climbing Gertrude Jekyll and one climbing Golden Celebration. The fact that it lasts a long time in a vase is a big plus.

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