|Julia Child rose|
I have her squeezed in a small space between the walkway and my front door, in a spot a little too narrow for her. She's not a large rose, growing to around 3 ft x 3 ft. But here, she would actually be a much prettier rose bush if she had a little more room to grow. Of course, you know us rose lovers - we will stick a rose anywhere!
I love Julia Child's bright yellow blooms. It is the color of the room I had as a child. You just can't be unhappy or mad in a yellow room! (O.K., psychologists say that yellow makes one angry, but that just ticks me off!) Anyway, who couldn't love a bright, cheerful, delightful ray of sunshine in their garden? Julia Child rose really delivers.
Julia Child rose is a floribunda shrub rose, hardy in zones 5 through 10, and resistant to blackspot. It has been an unusually cool spring, although not too wet here, and some of my roses are showing signs of blackspot (I don't spray). But not my Julia Child rose. She's as clean as a whistle (whatever that means).
One other thing about disease: I purchased several Julia Child roses, planted them in a row, and one, and only one, came down with a fungal disease. I absolutely thought I was going to have to take it out. But, eventually it has become as healthy as the rest. I believe that the soil in that spot was not as good as the rest of the soil in this area. Having problems with a rose? Maybe, just maybe, it's your soil!
Julia Child rose has a distinctive fragrance. Not too rosy sweet, but with a touch of what some say reminds them of licorice. I don't like to eat licorice, but I do love the scent of this rose. It is, of course, named after the famous chef Julia Child.