Rosa 'Molineux'

Where's 'Molineux'?

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No, that's 'Belinda's Dream'

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No, that's still 'Belinda's Dream'. 

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Not even close!  That's 'Eugene de Beauharnais'.

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No.  'Tea Clipper'.  What about...
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Closer, but not yet.  That's 'Eureka' (with the coral pink 'Bill Warriner' on the left).  What about...

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There we go!  That's 'Molineux'!

'Molineux' is one of Austin's best rebloomers, so why is 'Molineux' often overlooked?  Why is 'Graham Thomas' more celebrated, or 'Golden Celebration' more recommended?  No, 'Molineux' flowers are not so magnificent as 'Graham' or 'Golden', but let us not overlook a rose that is nearly always in bloom, that is vigorous, that is never a Diva.   

The growth habit is upright but with plentiful foliage.  No lollipops on sticks:
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Worth the hunt.   'Molineux' is a golden wonder among Austin roses here.  Excellent productivity, outstanding rust and mildew resistance.  The flowers are short lived, thought not as ephemeral as 'Heritage' or 'Windermere' and there are always plenty.  The Achillles heel may be the fragrance, which is a musty tea, but at times also brings to mind--I will be perfectly honest--the aroma of insufficiently composted horse manure. Hey: nobody's perfect. 

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This rose was a mere two feet tall in my garden for two years.  I was delighted:  finally, a compact Austin.  Year three arrived and so did an additional four feet of height.  Doesn't matter.  Great rose.  Great, great rose.

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Comments

  1. Very nice. Lovely colorations on the blossoms. Worth thinking about!
    Sandra

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  2. Molineux is in the top 5 for me. Planted 3 in the hell strip several years ago. Yes indeed , a great , great rose, even up here in BlackSpot-topia.

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