I bought one of these a few years ago and it has proven to be vigorous and easy to care for. My issue is it is always listed as everblooming. Mine has one huge flush in spring and then no blooms. I do have some blooms now but this is the first time. Any ideas why mine is not acting as everblooming. I do water regularly and the soil is pretty fertile. I haven't fertilized much yet as the bed was new and loaded with compost when I planted it.
My Peggy Martin is giving me a fall flush of blooms. Peggy (the woman who had the found rosť that bears her name) told my friend that it will bloom in the spring and again in the fall. Mine started around first of March and petered out the end of May. It started again mid to late September and with the last cool spell I noticed there are very few buds left to open.
One thing I have noticed with my antiques and found roses is that they do not need the super soil that regular roses need. Perhaps you are loving it too much. I never deadhead or prune intentionally. Mine is not climbing as fast, it got trimmed by a wayward cow in June, but is very healthy. I even forget to water it sometimes in the summer since it sits on the backside of a fence covered by my coral vine.
I can't remember the last time I fertilized any of my roses.
Mine seems healthy but its growth is amazing and the canes get so long it must be trimmed. I was hoping for a plant that had a longer bloom time and was tempted to remove and replace it but its such a vigorous and hardy rose I decided to leave it. Mine has a few blooms right now (for the first time by the way) but I would'nt call it a flush and they just started here, not back in September.
I've been keeping my eyes open for one here in New Orleans that I can ask the owner for a cutting. So far, I've only found one in the graveyard and another on a house too high-falutin for me to work up the nerve to knock! :)
You know, this reboot gave me a thought. Have you given it epsom salts ever? Was just thinking that a boost in the late summer or when it stops blooming might give it a refueling. Your really good composted bed might be the reason it is doing so well. It spends all its energy growing rather than producing blooms. Mine is covered in buds right now but still hasn't gotten much bigger from last year, maybe mine needs a compost boost.
Really interesting suggestions...I have never even put compost on my Peggy and it blooms from January (now!) through June...then shuts down for a bit during the heat...then begins as soon as the heat breaks...or we get rain (ha!)...It is usually still blooming at Thanksgiving, but then that seems to be cold-dependent...
Could there be different varieties such as there are with Cecile Brunner?...