Rosa 'Abraham Darby' and Rust

Rosa 'Abraham Darby'

No, I was not eating Nacho Cheese Doritos out in the garden.  Rust is the heel of this Achilles. This is some of the Rust 'Abraham Darby' was shedding everywhere:  It's somehow fitting, though hopefully unintentional,  that a rose named for a hero of the British Industrial Revolution, with all that iron and iron machinery, should Rust so badly.

Abe's Rust

Such a gorgeous rose, so fragrant, but the Rust is dreadful.  Cheeto-ville.  It's gotten to the point where I'm ready to dig it out.  However, because of those wonderful flowers, Abe is getting another chance to clean up.  I trimmed it back, pulled off all the foliage, and laid down fresh mulch:
 
Rosa 'Abraham Darby'

Let's hope for the best.  Otherwise it's bye-bye Abe.  When it has leafed out and blooming again, I'll update you about it.   
Rosa 'Abraham Darby' Update 7/21/2012. Abe is still here and still rusting. I cut it back every so often, thinking to finally dig it out, but I would miss the flowers terribly. So it grows back, rusts some more, and exasperates me yet again. This past week, cut back and leafing out yet again, I got out a 1 liter spray bottle, mixed up a small amount of fungicide, and sprayed Abe thoroughly. He looks fabulous now. For a while.

Comments

  1. I've heard you say Jubilee Celebration was a lot like Abraham Darby in color and form, though on a more compact plant. Have you found it to be like Abe in the rust department? I've got an extra JC and am thinking maybe I should replace Abe with it.

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  2. I love JC. Rust resistance far far far better on JC. A much different grower tho--all of six of them have stayed petite, 30"x30", and foliage a bit sparse.

    Another rose, offspring of Abe, quite similar, with superior rust resistance is 'William Morris'. WM utterly lacks Abe's fragrance, unfortunately...there's always something!

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  3. Thank you! Abe's current spot would probably do fine with JC's smaller stature. But I have to agree with you on Abe's delicious fragrance.

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