Tuesday, November 5, 2013

New Dawn

New Dawn is a climbing rose, known for its delicate coloring and vicious thorns.

New Dawn

In my rose garden, I have a fairly new New Dawn rose that I hope to train up and over my arbor.

I am already smitten with her.   I am not looking forward to pruning her thorny canes, but I am very much looking forward to her covering my arbor with her beautiful blooms.


New Dawn is a vigorous rose, and I hope she helps hold up the arbor, instead of pulling it down!  She will grow to 10 ft wide, and 20 ft tall - at least.   I have swooned over photos of roses showing her arching canes loaded with pale pink blooms covering arbors, growing up trees, and covering sheds.  When I saw her from across a room (well, across the nursery), I feel in love at first sight.

I can already imagine her climbing up and over my own arbor, blooming abundantly, and filling the air with her delicate scent.  I can't wait for the day that I wake up to a New Dawn that resembles the one in my dreams.


New Dawn is disease resistant, fragrant, and is designated as an Earth-Kind rose.  She will grow in zones 5 (possibly 4) through 9.  She has the honor of being the very first rose to be patented (the patent has since expired).


New Dawn is the look-alike sport of Dr. Van Fleet.  Dr. Van Fleet only blooms once, while New Dawn is a repeat bloomer.  If you have a New Dawn that doesn't repeat, you may have Dr. Van Fleet instead, or you may be pruning her too hard, as she blooms on old wood.


As for the vicious thorns - I heard a great tip the other day.  If you have a few rose canes that are constantly scratching you, cut the thorns off of the cane.  It should be worth the effort, since thorns don't grow back!


67 comments:

  1. Beautiful rose photos!
    Greetings, RW & SK

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  2. New Dawn is one of two roses I have. I have 5 that line the fence row of our entrance. They stop traffic (which is not a big deal on our dirt road) but I have had people on 4 wheelers and horses stop and ask if they can pick some they are that pretty. They are VERY thorny though and vigorous for me (zone 7) and I cut them back pretty hard every 2 or 3 years. Even in November they are still blooming!

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    1. Oh, I can imagine 5 lining a fence is glorious when they bloom! Thanks for the mental photo!

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  3. Beautiful. I love the idea of removing the thorns on the parts you have to touch or pass by. Good idea!

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    1. I had never thought of doing that, and when a friend of mine suggested it, I was surprised I had never heard of doing it before!

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  4. I think new dawn is a lovely rose. Repeat bloomer, delicate color and delicate scent too. Great. It csn be coloring my aromatic garden someday.

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    1. It does have a very pretty color, and a gorgeous bloom. It really is a show stopper.

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  5. It looks like a gorgeous and vigorous rose. I was wondering if you have a post on white or creamy hybrid Tea roses. I was trying for a row of a rose called White Sail, but can't find it anymore.

    Your arbor will be wonderful when it is full--love the shape of that rose.

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    1. Susie, I think you might like Pope John Paul II - a beautiful white hybrid tea. I don't grow it in my own garden, but you can read all about it on Christina's blog - www.organicgardendreams.com Good luck! :)

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  6. How I miss my New Dawn. It was a wedding gift and we planted it and watched it clamber over a split rail fence -- a beauty. But after a few years we sold the house and moved to our present place, and the New Dawn stayed behind. Jim and I drive by sometimes and check on it (it's visible from the road) and it is still lovely. Sniff, I miss it. So nice to visit yours here!

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    1. So sorry you weren't able to take it with you! Maybe the new owner would let you take a cutting - after all, it was your wedding present!

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  7. I think I planted this this summer...but if I didn't...I WILL...gorgeous!!!

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    1. haha - That's what I saw about a lot of roses - if I don't have it now, I will soon! :)

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  8. New Dawn is one of my favorite roses. Sadly, I am not having very good luck with my roses in this location. I will enjoy yours!

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    1. Sorry about the roses in your location. Location really is everything - with any plant!

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  9. A tip from this rose wrangler.., tie those canes as they are young and bendy. Much easier than wrangling a thorny tornado later. New Dawn is a strong girl.

    :D

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    1. I will take that tip! Thanks! I know how hard some rose canes can get, and I don't want to be fighting with this thorny girl!

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  11. New Dawn is certainly a great rose and indeed very disease resistent. In our country this rose is very common, if we have only one climbing rose it is often the New Dawn. My husband always is complaining about the thorns of my roses, I am just laughing for he never works in the garden and I don't care for her vicious thorns because I have other roses which are worse.

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    1. Interesting that New Dawn is so very common there. But she's a beauty, so I can understand why she would be so popular!

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  12. I thought I have New Dawn, but now I see I have Dr. Van Fleet, because of solitary blooming. But it's a beauty too! I'm thankful you, Holley for your knowledge and I learn a lot on your blog.

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    1. Nadezda, Dr. Van Fleet is just as pretty as New Dawn. I think these two are so hard to tell apart - except for the reblooming part - that many people have Dr. Van Fleet when they thought they were getting New Dawn.

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  13. Gorgeous rose, gorgeous photos! I love the wide open spaces around your garden. It really enhances all of your hard work.

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    1. Stacy, you are so sweet. All those wide open spaces look to me like a bunch of weeds - or future garden areas! ;)

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  14. New Dawn is one of my favorites from the garden catalogs. They all seem to feature it with some gorgeous purple clematis. Lovely! I would be tempted to try if I could just find a place to put it!

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    1. Thanks for reminding me I need to add a clematis next to her - and jackmanii would be perfect! :)

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  15. New Dawn - gorgeous name for a gorgeous flower! Hope your dream will come true, and it looks like it will :)

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    1. Oh, if only half of my garden dreams come true, I'll be happy! :)

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  16. I have been hearing about the rose a lot lately. My FIL came over & said he had too much shade...with him was my SIL. I said that climbing golden showers have fared well as being shade tolerant. My SIL said this would look good with your New Dawn rose. I had no idea what that rose looked like...& even more shocked that it's pink...my MIL doesn't care for the color...all that being said it' beautiful. I remember you saying that there are two type of rose lovers...those who like orange & those who don't. I hate the color orange but in roses...it's becoming one of my most favorite :)

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    1. I started out loving pink roses, then orange roses, every shade in between, and now I'm back to pink! I guess I love them all!

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  17. I am kicking my self right now! I am growing autumn clematis over our arbor and am really really thinking of growing this beautiful rose after your post! My goodness is she stunning! Had me laughing at across the room! HA! Have a great day tomorrow!!!

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    1. I have never grown autumn clematis, but from photos I've seen, I'm sure it will be glorious!

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  18. New Dawn is one of the roses I would absolutely love to have in my garden – if my garden was twice the size! It will look stunning when grown to full size on your arbour, and it looks really beautiful already, lovely flowers. I have a very thorny rose too, called Freedom, I wear heavy duty garden gloves when pruning, helps a bit but sometimes the thorns just goes through the gloves. I am not sure about cutting off the thorns as there are thousands of them and they are tiny, would take me days to do it!

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    1. I'm beginning to enjoy the thornless roses more and more as I get older! :O

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  19. It's a lovely rose. I hope you find a way to manage around the thorns.

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  20. I'm swooning over your photos! Sounds like a winner all the way around--and it's hardy to zone 5 (maybe 4)! Wow!

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    1. Me, too! There's just something about those beautiful blooms that make me fall in love!

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  22. It's a beautiful Rose and they say takes over everything so an arbor is the perfect place. I really did not have any place for her since she is so big unless kept pruned a lot and did not want to battle those thorns. :) Love her though.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. She really can be a monster! I hope I can control her!

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  23. I love New Dawn even though she is a mean girl. She grows on an arbor with Niobe clematis, and I like the combination. Just remember to have a good pair of rose pruning gloves, because pruning New Dawn can be a "daunting" and painful task without them!

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    1. I do have a set of rose pruning gloves. I rarely wear them, though, because I think they're hot, but maybe I'll have to make an exception and wear them around her!

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  24. Such a beautiful rose Holley, I love the colour and formation of the flower, it should look glorious covering the arbour and probably does already.

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    1. I think she really will be beautiful when she grows to maturity. I hope that she's not too much for my arbor!

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  25. What a beautiful colour Holley, no wonder you were smitten, but are you sure you have a large enough arbour? She sounds like a rather vigorous beauty, can she be kept in check easily?

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    1. The arbor is quite large - about 10 ft tall, and 8 ft wide, but I do worry that, as the rose takes over the arbor, the entire thing may eventually come crashing down in a storm one night! And no, I don't think she can be easily kept in bounds. I'm hoping the arbor will be big enough for her to spread out upon.

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  26. lovely blog :)
    http://saltskinned.blogspot.com.au

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  27. What a sweet looking rose. I kept thinking that Tony Orlando must be lonely.

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    1. I should have written my post about him! ;)

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  28. A true beauty! :)

    Sheryl @ Flowery Prose

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    1. The longer I have her, the more I like her! :)

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  29. New Dawn, what a beautiful name for a beautiful rose. Love the delicate pink color, if I could only capture it in stained glass. That is a great tip on the thorns, I guess I never gave it a thought they wouldn't grow right back. Your garden is heavenly, Holley.

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    1. I was shocked that I hadn't thought of that thorn trick before! Not sure I could do that to every rose, but maybe the ones that grab me as I'm walking by will get the treatment!

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  30. She is a beautiful beastie. I had her for years before she succumbed to Rose rosette disease. I bet she'll definitely cover your arbor. You'll enjoy her year after year, and she gets very little blackspot on her shiny leaves.~~Dee

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear yours got RRV. I hate to think of when that terrible disease finally reaches my garden. :(

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  31. I have admired this rose and wished for a sunny spot to grow her! New Dawn is a classic, and she deserves her spot in the rosarian's heart. Thanks for the tip about the removal of thorns. I would not have thought of that!

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    1. She really is a classic - goes to show that sometimes the oldies really are the goodies!

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  32. This is a rose of my childhood, New Dawn. I saw a Dr. Van Fleet that covered an entire city lot over time, neglected but still beautiful.

    I have White Dawn, pale in comparison but still with that delicate scent of the others and with the same lovely bloom shape but a less vigorous grower.

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    1. Oh, my - the sentence about Dr. Van Fleet covering an entire city lot is scary!!! I will have to watch my New Dawn a bit closer than I figured! Makes one realize the fairy tale of the castle being covered in roses could actually happen!

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  33. A beautiful climber I have always wanted.

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    1. She is a beauty. Even though mine is quite young, I am quite pleased with her.

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  34. Your New Dawn rose is gorgeous. P. Allen Smith is also a big fan of New Dawn.

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    1. I think she has a lot of fans! I'm beginning to realize why!

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