Tuesday, 10 June 2014

A rose by any other name ...

This week has seen all the roses in the garden in bloom, with plenty of scent to fill the air. 
The roses I tend to go for are the shrubby type, that mix in well with the herbaceous plants, or shrubs, depending on the need. It's nice to have a blog space like this (I sometimes use it as a plant journal) to record these moments. There are plenty more on my wish list, but these will do very nicely for now.

This first one is a David Austin rose called Rosa 'Evelyn'. The flower has that classic old rose look to it, and a sweet delicate scent. It flowers well in my garden in June and then has a regular repeat flowering cycle for the Summer & Autumn. Foliage is healthy and appears to have good disease resistance. 

This next rose is an older one called Rosa 'Cornellia'. I first saw it as a young horticultural student, growing along a fence, as a very effective bushy climber, and was taken by it. In fact, this was the first variety of rose I owned. A regular flowerer that produces most of the Summer and Autumn. It is less disease resistant than 'Evelyn' above, but again, well worth growing.

And here is another David Austin rose. A variety called 'Gertrude Jekyll' after the famous late 19th century plants woman. Well worth reading up about her. I written about this rose before, and it us definitely worth growing. Great perfume and strong disease resistant foliage. 

This next one is a bit of a puzzle. Bought as something wrongly labelled two years ago, it produces large flowers in, what I would call, the style of a hybrid-T rose. It's strong and healthy, with plenty of fresh foliage and nicely scented flowers. Let's see how we get on.

And this is Rosa 'Have a nice day'. It's a miniature climber that has these lovely full miniature rose flowers. Foliage is strong and healthy although this plant had been in the same large pot for about four years now and it is time to liberate it. The plant flowers all Summer long and the foliage appears to be quite disease resistant. 

Another little mystery I have acquired in my travels. Definitely a shruby type rose, with a nice scent to it. It's a keeper for now, and I'll be keeping an eye out to see  how it gets along.

Finally, here's Rosa 'Maigold'. The newest edition to the garden, planted to the base of my garden arch, it produces an amazing display of golden rose flowers in the month of May, followed by a regular amount of Summer flowers. I bought this very specifically for its early show and will intertwine a later blooming Clematis through it. 


As with all roses, they will grow almost anywhere, but the better the soil, the better the growth and flowers. Good 
habits are well worth forming when growing roses, such as dead heading, regular feeding, appropriate pruning and occasional spraying for aphids and disease when needed. The advantage of the shrubby types, is that they tend to be that bit tougher and therefore need slightly less care. Always an advantage with our busy lives ...

And, of course, you can always enjoy them indoors too



Happy gardening