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Plant Profiles

Easlea's Golden rambler rose

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With the sun and heat in the second week in June, almost all the roses are have rushed into bloom.  'Easlea's Golden Rambler' is enjoying the view from the top of a ten-foot metal pole that wasn't, I see, nearly tall enough.  A bamboo pole tied to the top last August was the stop-gap solution. 

 

This Fall, after the frost has removed the leaves (let alone all the fragile top-growth of all the huge perennials nearby), I'll untie the rose completely and lash on a sixteen-foot metal stake, with the tip resting on a brick so it doesn't sink into the ground.  With the ice and heavy snows that we get, canes that drift out into open air, especially from such a height, would just get snapped off. 

 

When the flowers arrive each June, it's all worth it.

 

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For my money, double flowers of almost any sort are a bridge too far.  Too many petals, no "poof" of pistils and stamens.  Give me single or semi-single.  'Easlea' has several rows of petals that screen, but don't hide, the "poof."  Single flowers are frank, guileless, straight-forward; semi-single flowers like those of 'Easlea' are a bit coy and playful.  And from a pole that's already twelve feet tall and soon to be taller, not afraid of heights, either.

 

 

Here's how to grow this large-flowered, high-flying rose:

 

Latin Name

Rosa 'Easlea's Golden Rambler'

Common Name

Easlea's Golden Rambler rose

Family

Rosaceae, the Rose family.

What kind of plant is it?

Scandent, flowering, deciduous shrub.

Hardiness

Zones 6 - 9

Habit

Sprawling unless trained: It isn't called "rambler" for nothing.  The long, lax, comparatively thin canes are typical for a rambler, as opposed to the heavy stiff canes of a classic climber like 'New Dawn' or 'Eddie's Jewel'.

Rate of Growth

Fast.

Size in ten years

Twelve to twenty feet tall and wide, depending on the training.  Somewhat shorter at the cold end of its hardiness range.

Texture

Big-boned, with large leaves and flowers.

Grown for

the size and enthusiasm:  'Easlea's Golden Rambler' is one of the few yellow-flowered rambler roses that you can really cover a large area with.

 

the large, semi-single flowers, which are predominantly light yellow but with blushes of apricot or even pink; from any distance at all, though, the color reads just as yellow.  Unlike, say, the vertically-held flowers of typical Hybrid-Tea shrub roses, which point right up to the sky, 'Easlea' flowers nod gracefully outward and even downward.  They are unusually large for a rambler rose, and displayed as individuals; typical rambler flowers are quite small and born in dense and sometimes large clusters.

 

its rarity, at least on the US side of the Atlantic. 

Flowering season

The classic rose season:  June.

Culture

Easy!  Full sun and any decent soil.  Extremely pest and disease resistant, too. 

How to handle it

There are only a few large-scale yellow roses that are hardy into Zone 6, especially with such large flowers, so 'Easlea' is an exceptional opportunity to have a yellow rambler as a major feature in your garden. 

 

Plan for your rose's training (let alone the structure you'll train it on) right from the beginning.  All roses bloom better if their canes can be trained horizontally, or at least out at an angle, so a wide wall or fence would be ideal. 

 

That said, I have my 'Easlea' tied up a tall length of reinforcing rod—"rebar"—that I pounded into the ground, and it's growing and blooming with gusto.)  Because the flowers nod outward instead of pointing skyward, though, try to train 'Easlea' as high as possible:  There's a real "Alice in Wonderland" excitement in having the flowers look benignly down to you from eight, ten, or even fifteen feet high.

 

Because this shrub needs some tending (tieing in the canes, deadheading, pruning out any Winter kill, e.g.), site it where you can get to it without fighting your way through fragile plants en route.  Growing it on a fence or pergola, or up a post or pillar fairly close to a pathway would, therefore, be especially convenient. 

 

That said, my 'Easlea' is a good fifteen feet in any direction into the interior of a huge bed.  Ah, well.  It's a bit of an expedition through the August jungle to get to it, so I take a travel-mug of coffee, any possible hand-tools and all possible twine.  Oh yes, the ten-foot stepladder, too.

Downsides

As long as you've planted 'Easlea' with the understanding that it needs some attention?  None.  This is a great rose!

Variants

Other large yellow-flowered roses to consider include 'Lawrence Johnston', 'Alistair Stella Gray', and, for those you in Zone 7 and up, 'Mermaid'.

Availability

On-line; search in HelpMeFind.com

Propagation

Cuttings.

Native habitat

'Easlea's Golden Rambler' was bred by Walter Easlea & Sons, in the UK, in 1932.

 
 
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