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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Rosa 'Dream Weaver'
Sunset zones: All (Western).
Height: 10-12 feet (3-4 m).
June through first hard frost.
Clusters of coral pink buds open to three to four-inch, rich warm pink blossoms, carrying 30 petals, and a fragrance of old roses. The roses fade to lighter pink as the flowers age.
Dark green leaves.
Humus rich, moist but well-drained fertile soil.
In late winter side dress with compost and a complete organic fertilizer. Feed monthly through July.
Root softwood cuttings in summer.
Hardwood cuttings in fall.
Layer branches in late summer.
Prune to remove dead canes. Every 1 to 3 years, cut 2 of the oldest canes back to 18 inches (45 cm).
Rainy Side Notes
I planted 'Dream Weaver' in 1998, fully intending to build an arbor for it that same year. Because I put the cart before the horse, the arbor never came to be, and ten years later, it's still not there. However, the rose plays "tangle" with Clematis 'Hagley Hybrid' and an unknown variegated lacecap hydrangea in the corner of the house, where it bakes in a southern exposure and receives very little water (about an inch a month during our infamous drought). This rose has proved disease resistant in my organic garden, after it became established. It's a beautiful climbing rose I would recommend for any Northwest garden, organic or otherwise. Treat it better than I do, by giving it a generous arbor or fence to climb on, fertilize and water it more often to see a splendid display of this dreamy rose.
'Dream Weaver' blooms all summer long, and in the Pacific Northwest, it flowers well into January during a mild winter. For an instant bouquet cut one stem with its cluster of coral-pink blossoms.
Photographed in author's garden.