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I know that rose scent can sometimes be elusive, apparently depending on weather, time of day etc... however this season I have planted one Charles Darwin, and also Charlotte... and it does not seem to matter time, weather, or how I hold my mouth, I never get a scent from these two... they are both yellows, yet I know it can't be just the colour, because Sunsprite by Kordes is one of the most beautifully scented roses I've had... My Austin Eglantyne is scented even in the beginning of a bud opening, no matter what the weather or time, also another new one, Princess Alexandra of Kent seems also frangrant any time.... Any hints? Anybody? I am seriously beginning to think of moving away from the Austins, each of the above tags said "highly fragrant" and I'm starting to feel that they are not being as truthful as they might have been.... If I'm not going to have scent then I would prefer to move to the wonderfully strong and carefree Kordes...
 
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Welcome Sheila. :)

There is a possibility that the roses may need more time to develop. Being young shrubs I'd see how they perform during next year's flowering season. Most roses don't usually reach maturity until their third year. If they are diseased that will affect their performance too but you haven't mentioned that here. Another thought is that they may have been wrongly labelled, could you confirm that one way or the other please?

Regarding Austin roses - I personally won't buy them. I find them overrated and over priced and more often than not - not as healthy as we would expect. There are many nurseries/garden centres that specialise in roses and provide a good selection. I buy mine bare root, via the internet between October and January and they are much cheaper than buying them potted.
 
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thank you Sheal, I will indeed hang on till at least next year, certainly they are young, however, my Eglantyne and Princess are also just newly planted and have scent... Charlotte and Charles definitely look like the flowers on the tags, but I hear you re the pricing and possibly the overrating... Charles has some slug damage, have sorted that out, so there are holes in some leaves, and I've sprayed for black spot particularly on Eglantyne but that's all. I will keep in mind about bare root, we don't have all that much selection in Canada for either own root or bare root via internet/mail, many U.S. firms don't ship to us.. however perhaps I will look more seriously into those possibilities, perhaps I just don't know of them yet. Thanks again.
 
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Did you purchase your Austin roses directly from a nursery? Or did you order them by mail from a company?
 
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I got them both directly from a nursery, in fact two different nurseries here in town... both good places... I might still have the receipts but I don't want to give up on them yet, maybe by spring if there is still no scent I might contact each nursery...I'd rather buy that way, at least so far I've always bought that way... in person...I think they are labelled correctly because the flowers and colour are right, just no scent.
 
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Charlotte and Charles definitely look like the flowers on the tags,
As you're absolutely sure about the identification of the roses and bought them from a local nursery, I think it would be best to contact them and query the lack of scent.

If you are interested I can give you links to British rose suppliers that will deliver to various countries.
 
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yes Sheal, thanks for any links you can send, I will also consider talking to the two nurseries I bought from, it can't help to at least get an opinion or a theory about rose scent they might have... and when I was thinking of this yesterday I realized I have not really looked to see if there are mail order firms here in Canada, I think it's time for me to become more proactive, there may be a good source here also...
 
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My apologies @sheila hall. Having looked at the four rose suppliers I wanted to recommend, none of them can deliver to Canada or America. Restrictions on importing have been applied by your own authorities.

I realized I have not really looked to see if there are mail order firms here in Canada,
I'm sure there must be, good luck hunting for them. :)
 
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Thanks Sheal. I've been having a most interesting discussion with Samantha Moore from Austin, will keep on communicating as the roses develop, and yes I will hunker down to look for suppliers but also had a discussion with another nursery here, about rose availability so I will continue on this sweet journey. I think this forum, based on what I'm seeing so far, will be a help and a resource.
 

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