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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Rosa 'Cécile Brünner'
CLIMBING CECILE BRUNNER
Sunset zones: All (Western).
USDA zones: 5-9.
Height: 20 feet (6 m).
Blooms throughout the growing season starting in May in the maritime Northwest.
Soft pink miniature rose blooms are produced in sprays typical of polyantha roses. Buds and flowers look like a miniature perfect hybrid tea blossom.
Dark green leaves.
Fertile, humus rich, moist, but well-drained soil.
In late winter side dress with compost and a complete organic fertilizer. Feed monthly through July.
Root softwood cuttings when it begins to bloom into early summer. | Layer in summer and sever from parent the following year and transplant to new location.
Prune out old, diseased or dead canes the first 2 years. Prune back main stems to fit the growing area. Reduce side shoots to 3 or 4 buds. Every third year cut out a few of the oldest shoots.
Rainy Side Notes
Introduced in 1894, this climber was a sport of the polyantha rose, R. Rosa 'Cécile Brünner'. It is delicate looking with a miniature rose blossom growing on a very vigorous climber, so vigorous it is referred to as a "house-eater." Part of my rose climbs over an arbor (top photo); the other part is "eating" a shed, and reaching for the deck roof. This is not a suitable rose to grow on a lamppost. Give it room and let it climb over a house. Better yet, make it a mansion to climb on.
Mostly disease resistant once established in the garden, some black spot does occur. I do not spray, as this rose weathers the little amount of disease it gets without slowing the climber down.
Photographed in author's garden.