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Rosa Filipes ‘Kiftsgate’

  Planted in 1938 in the garden of Kiftsgate Court this magnificent rambler has reached the gigantic proportions of 80ft x 90ft x 50ft high.   It is a truly remarkable sight in full flower in mid July.  This amazing rose which is draped over a huge copper beech tree and is covered with panicles of creamy white blooms with attractive golden stamens  each of which consists of 300 to 400 flower heads.   It would grow much larger if it was not severely pruned each year, as the owner’s fear it would eventually bring down the beech tree if not kept under strict control. When it was planted in 1938 it was thought to be Rosa Moschata.  It thrived unhindered during and after the war, and it was not until rose expert the late Graham Thomas spotted it in 1951 that is was named Rosa Filipes ‘Kiftsgate’ It does not have a powerful perfume but fills the air with a pleasing scent on still days.  An easy rose to grow and care for if you have the room, just remove dead wood each year and let nature take over.   More details on our web site.   Kiftsgate Court.   Chipping Campden.   Gloucestershire.  GL55 6LN Tel and Fax  01386 438 777 E Mail  info@kiftsgate.co.uk    Web Site  www.kiftsgate.co.uk

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