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Sep 07 • 2014 • Roseraie de L'Hayrose of the month

Rose of the Month - September 2014

This month's rose of the month is the ever popular rugosa rose, Roseraie de L'Hay.

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May 26 • 2014

The Wonders of Foliar Feeding

Today, some of the worst problems any rose grower can face, be they novices or experts, are diseases. These come in the form of such horrors as Black Spot, Powdery Mildew, Downy Mildew, Rust amongst others. The only foolproof way to keep these monsters away from your garden is simple, have no plants. However, a garden without plants looks rather bare, so of course, this simply isn't an option. So what can we, as gardeners, do to combat the growing problem of disease? Of course, the answer most people come to is spraying with fungicides and pesticides to keep back the waves of disease and pests. However, at the Country Garden Plant Centre, we have found that Foliar Feeding is a much better way of keeping our roses looking beautiful and healthy all year around. We used to spray our nursery of 30,000 roses at least once a week with fungicides to keep black spot and rust away, but nothing we did could keep downy mildew at bay. After reading an article somewhere about a man who used foliar feeding on his large garden at home, we decided to give it a shot. We began Foliar Feeding in 2012, as soon as the leaves started to show on our roses. Since then, we feed them regularly through the growing season. Since we began foliar feeding, we've seen a huge dip in the number of roses suffering from downy and powdery mildew, and the amount of roses to suffer with rust and black spot through the season is less than half of what it was before. Foliar Feeding is what keeps our roses looking strong and healthy throughout the year, so if it can do wonders with our roses, why not try it with yours?

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May 03 • 2014 • ImageRose of the Monthblue for youmay 2014rose of the month

Blue For You - Rose of the Month

A stunning floribunda with an abundance of blue through to mauve blooms in clusters. The colourful blooms have a paler centre adorned with attractive golden stamens. The bush can get a little untidy if the spent blooms are not removed regularly. Once the spent blooms are removed the repeat is as quick as any other floribunda. There have been few blue roses produced in recent years, and even fewer good strong growing blue roses, but this is definitely one of them, and one of our favourites here on the nursery.

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Feb 17 • 2014 • Rose of the Weekharknessrosesyork minster

Rose of the Week - York Minster

York Minster - Year: 2011 - Height: 3ft to 4ft

A lovely new floribunda bred to raise money for York Minster. Beautiful creamy/white blooms tinged with amber. Repeat flowers from early summer right through until autumn. Reportedly a very healthy rose with good disease resistance. A sweet and pleasant perfume.

The York Minster Rose was launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011 with a presentation to HRH The Duke of York and Princess Beatrice. The rose also featured in the 2011 award-winning Welcome to Yorkshire garden, The Art of Yorkshire.The rose was developed by Harkness roses and funds raised from sales will help to restore and preserve York Minster for future generations. www.countrygardenroses.co.uk

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Jan 10 • 2014 • Newslettersbird feedersbird housesroses

January Newsletter

Just a quick reminder that our Bare Root Rose Season finishes at the end of JANUARY.   As the winter so far has been extremely mild, many of our roses are coming out of dormancy so we will start potting everthing up in a few weeks. Please get yout Bare Root Orders in as soon aas possible.  If the weather deteriorates and it gets much colder we will have a think again and keep you informed.

POSH BIRD HOUSE FOR POSH BIRDS

Our new range of Posh Bird houses have bea huge success, so much so that we have doubled out stock and varieties

They obviously went down very well as Christmas gifts as we almost sold just before Christmas. However the factory turned up trumps and we did not have to let anyone down.

Apart from being very decorative and beautifully finished in they also bring more birds into the garden which means less green fly and troublesome insects on the roses.

Some people hvave even put them on their window ledges nd are able to see the new inhabitants from the comfort of their sof'as.  All in all,  a resounding success and a great boon to the garden and gardeners.

Rose Cuttings Grown On their own roots This year we are growing lots of New Rose Cuttings grown on their own roots.

   Advantages of Own-Root Roses

Own-root roses have increased vigor and bloom plus higher disease resistance. Also eliminates complicated pruning.  Instead just sheer back to promote more foliage and blooms.

Own-root roses have longer life expectancy.

In cold climates, roses on their own roots tend to be not only hardier, but also to remain true to the original variety should they die back in winter. The bud union of a grafted rose is the most vulnerable spot to cold and it can be easily damaged in a cold winter. In contrast, own root roses can freeze all the way to the ground and because they have their own root system, they come back as the same rose originally purchased.

Own-root roses naturally send up shoots from the soil, which eventually creates a shapelier bush than a grafted rose, plus more flowers.

Decreased likelihood of rootstock suckers.

The elimination of grafting guarantees that your roses will always be the same rose you selected when it was purchased. If you’ve ever had a beautiful yellow rose turn red or white, you know what we’re talking about!

In the early stages they are smalle and cheaper to post or deliver due to being a lot lighter in weight.

At the moment we are only producing The old fashioned Shrub roses and selected climbers

If you are interested in Rose Cuttings grown on their own roots, drop us an e mail andwe will keep you up to dte with avaiilbility etc.

OUR MAGNIFICENT SEVEN ROSES.

We are often asked "Which are our favourite Roses" ? And "Which roses would we recommend" ? Unfortunately our favourites change quite often as their are so many fabulous new roses coming on the market every year.  Which roses we recommend is easier as we always have a few criteria that never changes.  HEALTH, PERFUME AND RELIABILITY.   Health is always top of our list as their is no point in having a beautiful rose if it s covered in disease through the summer.  Perfume comes next as this is always what most customers ask for. Reliability . All good roses should perform well year after year with the minimum of fuss.

With these rules in mind we have arrived at OUR MAGNIFICENT SEVEN Each of our seven has proven Reliable, Healthy over the years and they always delight us with their various perfumes and colours

For full details pease see the  OUR MAGNIFICENT SEVEN  on our Web Site

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Dec 15 • 2013 • InstituteJamJerusalemRose of the WeekWomensconfectionfloribundaspectacular

Rose Of The Week

JAM & JERUSALEM Floribunda 2010.   3ft An exciting addition to our floribunda section and looks sure to be popular with Women's Institute Members. The blooms are spectacular confection of salmon and orange blends which fade to pink and yellow as the blooms age. A healthy rose with foliage of Glossy Olive green which shows the blooms off to perfection. A neat bushy plant that will brighten up any garden or should be quite happy in a large container.  Flowers from early summer right through to the autumn.The colourful blooms will give a great display as a cut flower in the house. Mild and pleasant fragrance. Bred by Fryers. AWARDS  . Gold Standard Award 2010 Certificate of Merit Belfast 2012 Australian National Rose TrIals. Bronze Medal 2009

Specially named for the Cheshire Federation of Woman's Institutes.  Also known as SAGA.

Jam And Jerusalem was also the name of a hilarious BBC comedy sit com starring Sue Johnson, Jennifer Saunders, and Dawn French.

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.

www.countrygardenroses.co.uk

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Dec 14 • 2013 • ContainerFlowerFragranceGardenSummerThe World's Best Rosesfashionedlovely

The World's Best Roses

THE WREN floribunda 2008 , 3ft

A very attractive modern rose with a lovely old fashioned look Massesd of blooms thoughout the season of  apricot fading to pink.  The show starts in early summer ang goes on with hardly a break until the first frosts.  The healthy medium green foliage sets the blooms off to perfection. Will grown in the garden or a large container, but for the best results place in full sun. Makes a good cut flower A very pleasant sweet fragrance. Bred by Kordes in Germany.

AWARDS Gold standard Award 2010

Also known as Floral Fairytale and Afternoon Delight

Named to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Women's Royal Naval Service. The Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS; popularly and officially known as the Wrens) was the women's branch of the Royal Navy . ... First formed in 1917 for the First World War, it was disbanded in 1919, then revived in 1939 at the beginning of the Second World War, remaining active until integrated into the Royal Navy in 1993.

YORK MINSTER

FLORIBUNDA 2011    3FT-4FT

A lovely new floribunda bred to raise money for York Minster. Beautiful creamy/white blooms tinged with amber.  Repeat flowers from early summer right through until autumn. Reportedly a very healthy rose with good disease resistance. A sweet and pleasant perfume.

The York Minster Rose was launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011 with a presentation to HRH The Duke of York and Princess Beatrice.  The rose also featured in the 2011 award-winning Welcome to Yorkshire garden, The Art of Yorkshire.The rose was developed by Harkness roses and funds raised from sales will help to restore and preserve York Minster for future generations.

Awards. Gold Standard Award 2012

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.

www.countrygardenroses.co.uk

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Dec 04 • 2013 • ChristmasGARDDENLUXURYRoseRose NewsTELEPHONE

CHRISTMAS NEWS

Don't Forget.
Last Posting Day For Christmas Gifts
Friday 20th December
  Christmas Closing Times
We are closed for the Christmas period from Monday 23rd December until Monday 6th January 2014.
Please note : No telephone orders will be available during the holiday period. You may order On Line at any time over the holiday period but there will be no deliveries until Tuesday 7th
January 2014. WIN A ROSE GARDEN
 Test your rose knowledge with our on line Rose Quiz.
Answer all twenty questions to win around £200 worth of roses
Full details on the web site Home Page LUXURY BIRD HOUSES
 
We have recently introduced an exciting collection of luxury garden bird houses. Check out our web site and explore our extensive range of bird houses and feeders, inspired by real buildings found around the world. Our replicas are fully functional bird houses, but with a breath-taking amount of attention to detail. Please explore at your leisure, click on any of the pictures to find out more information about each design, we hope you will find the right model for you.
MAKES A FABULOUS CHRISTMAS GIFT
OUR SCENTED CANDLE RANGE
is proving very popular. Once again a very popular and inexpensive Christmas Gift
SPECIAL ROSE OFFER
For the next few weeks We are offering Three Beautiful Red Hybrid Tea Roses for the price of ONe Buy One and get an extra Two ABSOLUTELY FREE (Supplied Bare Root)
See web site for details. WINTER ROSE TIP
Most roses are winter and frost hardy in the ground as the roots are well below ground level
Roses in Pots and containers are more susceptible to frost damage if the temperature goes below freezing. To make sure your roses are safe during excesive frosts, wrap BUBBLE WRAP materiaal around the outside of the pot and tie with string or wire to save it blowing away.
May we take this opportunity to thank you all for your custom. A Merry Christmas and a Rosy New Year From All At www.countrygardenroses.co.uk

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Nov 06 • 2013 • ContainerOrangeThe World's Best Rosesbloomsfloribundaolivesalmon

THE WORLD'S BEST ROSES

JAM AND JERUSALEM

Floribunda 2010  3ft

An exciting addition to our floribunda section and looks sure to be popular with Women's Institute Members. The blooms are spectacular confection of salmon and orange blends which fade to pink and yellow as the blooms age. A healthy rose with foliage of Glossy Olive green which shows the blooms off to perfection. A neat bushy plant that will brighten up any garden or should be quite happy in a large container.  Flowers from early summer right through to the autumn.The colourful blooms will give a great display as a cut flower in the house. Mild and pleasant fragrance. Bred by Fryers. AWARDS  . Gold Standard Award 2010 Certificate of Merit Belfast 2012 Australian National Rose TrIals. Bronze Medal 2009

Specially named for the Cheshire Federation of Woman's Institutes.  Also known as SAGA.

Jam And Jerusalem was also the name of a hilarious BBC comedy sit com starring Sue Johnson, Jennifer Saunders, and Dawn French.

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.

www.countrygardenroses.co.uk

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Oct 16 • 2013 • ClimberContainerFlowersGardenRose of the WeekWhite

ROSE OF THE WEEK

White star

Climbing rose

2009  5-8ft

A lovely award winning small white climber which flowers all summer long. Plenty of attractive repeat blooms of white with golden stamens and the petals have a ruffled appearance. Quite versatile as it will grow on a South or North facing wall and is quite happy in the garden or container. Healthy glossy medium green foliage which is very disease resistant Scented. GOLD STANDARD AWARD WINNER

Since 2006 a few roses are selected each year for this prestigious award. Based on cumulative information from invited independent judges, the Gold Standard is awarded to worthy varieties. Health, floriferousness, scent and commercial appeal are all considered key factors in the final choice. For further information please see Gold Standard Roses on the Main Menu. Bred by Harkness. UK

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.

www.countrygardenroses.co.uk

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Sep 30 • 2013 • AFTERNOONALISONBLACKCAMELOTFloralbright

NEW ROSES FOR 2014

JAM AND JERUSALEM

We will be adding the following roses to our collection for the new 2014 season. All the descriptions and pictures can now be seen on our web site.

AFTERNOON DELIGHT ALISON BLACK BACCARA BRIGHT AND BREEZY CAMELOT FLORAL FAIRYTALE JAM AND JERUSALEM LADY MARMALADE nEW LIFE PERFUME PASSION PHYLISS PIPPIN RED LETTER DAY SAGA SCENTED GARDEN SNOW GOOSE SPICE OF LIFE THE ALBRIGHTON RAMBLER THE COUNTRYMAN THE LADY GARDENER THE WREN THOMAS A BECKET TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS YORK MINSTER

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.

www.countrygardenroses.co.uk

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Sep 17 • 2013 • Rose of the WeekScented Rosegolden weddingroses

Rose of the Week - Golden Wedding

Height: 2ft - 3ft
Year: 1990
A superb rose with good deep yellow blooms and strong healthy growth, a combination that has made this rose ever popular. Flowers through the summer and autumn and is a great rose for cutting. Handsome glossy dark green foliage which makes this rose a perfect and attractive gift for that very "Special Occasion" It's just as happy in a container on the patio or in the garden. Visit: https://www.countrygardenroses.co.uk/shop/view/825-Golden-Wedding-Floribunda-Rose/

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Aug 06 • 2013 • BudsLady MarmaladeRoseRose of the WeekSpicyYear.Bushbloomsperfume

Rose Of The Week

ROSE OF THE YEAR 2014 Lady Marmalade Floribunda 3ft An exciting new floribunda which has been awarded Rose Of The Year 2014  a title which it truly deserves. The compact bush carries masses of bright tangerine blooms which appear all summer long and well into the autumn and the first frosts.

The rounded buds open into a cupped bloom with heavily reflexed petals which open to wide bright flowers with a contrasting yellow centre. The blooms arrive in large clusters which can carry up to 10 or 11 blooms in a cluster, and will keep on appearing if you dead head regularly. The breeder has given it a 5 star rating which means it will grow and perform well under most conditions. A highly recommended modern rose with lots of old world charm, plus the bonus of an excellent spicy perfume. Bred by Harkness

"Lady Marmalade" is a song released in 1974 which was a world wide hit.  The song was also featured in the film "Moulin Rouge"

Advance orders taken. Available from November / December 2013

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.

www.countrygardenroses.co.uk

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Jun 29 • 2013 • BotanicalEdistoMemorialNew YorkOrangeburgRosariansRose Gardens

Rose News From Around The World

AMERICAN MEMORIAL GARDEN

TO GET INTERNATIONAL AWARD

Edisto Memorial Gardens is poised to be catapulted into the international spotlight.

During a visit to Orangeburg last week, Pat Shanley of the Great Rosarians of the World™ steering committee announced the gardens have been nominated for and will be receiving the distinguished Great Rosarians of the World™ Rose Garden Hall of Fame Award for 2014. As Jay Hiers, superintendent of the Orangeburg Parks and Recreation Department, gave Shanley, who is also vice president of the American Rose Society, a tour of Edisto Memorial Gardens, she explained the purpose of the award. “This award is to promote a wider knowledge and appreciation of our treasured botanical gardens to the rose growing world and the gardening public,” Shanley said. “I believe that the Edisto Memorial Rose Gardens meets all of the qualifications and more. In addition, the garden is a major part of the recreational and educational facilities in Orangeburg, and this is a major accomplishment that should be recognized.” To be considered for the award, a rose garden must be open to the public (with or without a fee); be recognized as having an outstanding design or historical significance; display an outstanding collection or broad display of roses; and/or promote rose growing with educational outreach programs. Hiers said he is pleased Edisto Gardens will join this select listing. “We are definitely pleased to be considered for the Great Rosarians of the World™ Rose Garden Hall of Fame out of all the other rose gardens across America,” he said. There are nearly 5,000 rose plants in the main display at the gardens, which is open year-round to the public, dawn to dusk, free of charge. Edisto Memorial Gardens grows and evaluates new, unnamed varieties of roses in its ARS Award of Excellence Test Garden, which has space for more than 270 specimens. Hiers is currently testing five Great American Rose Selections entries for 2013. After two years of testing, their merits will be considered, and qualifying varieties will be named and released for sale within the rose industry. The city of Orangeburg also offers the ARS Kidz n Roses program, which is available to local schools. Accompanying Shanley on her tour of Edisto Memorial Gardens were rose hybridizers Girija and Viru Viraraghavan, the 2006 Great Rosarians of the World™ honorees. Gene Waering, who is on the executive committee of the American Garden Rose Selections program, was on hand, as well. Waering and Shanley, along with Peter Kukielski, co-authored the book “Sustainable Rose Garden,” which focuses on creating environmentally friendly yet enduring rose gardens, with sustainability as the key. Recognition by GROW™ will bring local, national and international attention, Shanley said.

“The gardens that have received this award in the past have reported it has been instrumental in helping them to receive the support, both public and governmental, that allows them to continue to provide outstanding services to the public,” Shanley said. “The existence of our botanical gardens is continuously threatened by the economic conditions and restrictions felt by most municipalities today. Recognition by GROW™ gives them the visibility to stay in the forefront as necessary institutions that need to have their funding continued, at the very least, and hopefully to have it increased.” During their tour, Waering and the Viraraghavans proposed the idea of adding a Species Garden to Edisto Memorial Gardens that would feature and help preserve many of the original roses that are the foundation for today’s varieties. GROW™ Rose Garden Hall of Fame Awards for 2014 will be presented on Saturday, May 31 next year at the Great Rosarians of the World™ Lecture Series — East at The New York Botanical Garden. According to Shanley, the gardens receiving the award in addition to Edisto Memorial Gardens in Orangeburg will be: Biltmore Rose Garden, Asheville, N.C.; Heritage Rose District, New York City; City of Sakura Rose Garden, Sakura, Japan; Portland International Rose Garden, Portland, Ore.; and Balboa Park Rose Garden, San Diego, Calif. HISTORY OF THE GARDENS The Edisto Memorial Gardens is a place of history and beauty. In 1865, a force of less than six hundred Confederate soldiers gathered on the land that is now the Gardens. Soldiers temporarily halted the advance of the Union Army. On February 12, 1865, outflanked by a much larger force, these defenders were compelled to withdraw to Columbia. A marker honours this site.

This site was first developed in the 1920's with some azaleas on 5 acres of land. A playground was added in 1922, and a greenhouse and nursery facility in 1947. To extend the season of beauty, the first rose garden was planted in 1951. Currently, there are more than 82 beds of roses ranging from miniatures to grandiflora to climbers. The fountain was moved from the Memorial Plaza and placed at the entrance to the Gardens in 1950 to honour the brave individuals who gave their lives in 1st & 2nd World Wars, Korean War, and the Vietnam Conflict. The name was changed to the Edisto Memorial Gardens. The Gardens attract visitors from all over the world because they are filled with award-winning roses, azaleas, and other flora and faunas. The Orangeburg Festival of Roses, one of the Southeastern Tourism Society's top twenty events, is held in Orangeburg the weekend before Mother's Day in May each year to celebrate the blooming of the City's roses.

The Edisto Memorial Gardens displays past and current award winning roses from the All-America Rose Selections. Some 4,800 plants representing at least 75 labeled varieties of roses are always on display in the Gardens. This site is also honored to be one of only 15 official test gardens in the United Sates sanctioned by the All-America Rose Selections, Inc. This test garden, which was established in 1973, is dedicated to recognizing up to five of the most desirable hybrid rose introductions each year. In 2008, The Gardens became affiliated with the American Rose Society's testing program - Award of Excellence. This program picks the top miniature and mini-flora roses in the US. The rose named 'Edisto' is one of these winners. Also in 2008, the Noisette Garden was planted. This rose is they only class of rose to be created in North America - Charleston,SC to be exact. Currently 55 varieties are on display and more added as they are found. The 200th Anniversary of the Noisette Rose will be held in August of 2011 at the Edisto Memorial Gardens.

The Children's Garden Christmas is a drive through light display coordinated by the City of Orangeburg, the Parks and Recreation Department and the Department of Public Utilities. This event features a one-half mile trail through the Edisto Memorial Gardens featuring 30 animated displays, 20 still displays and 60 lighted cherry trees. The Kids Walk with an additional 18 displays. The lighted displays vary in size from 6 feet to 20 feet tall. The Gardens are illuminated seven days a week from the Monday before Thanksgiving to New Year's Day for everyone to enjoy free of charge. In July 1992, a major new theme was added to the Gardens with the establishment of the Horne Wetlands Park. This 2,600 foot boardwalk takes the visitor into a Tupelo/Cypress wetland that lies between the Display Garden and the North fork of the Edisto River. The Park also features a boat dock with a gazebo. The boardwalk is fully handicap accessible. The Gardens also feature a butterfly garden, a serenity garden, and a sensory garden. Also, a beautiful terrace garden has been developed on the river side of the Arts Centre. The Edisto Memorial Gardens are open seven days a week from dawn to dusk. Admission is free to the public.   Over 600,000 visitors experience the Gardens each year. Visitors come from all fifty states and some foreign countries. The Gardens are located within the City limits on U.S. Highway 301 just four blocks from the heart of the City. The average peak Spring blooms of crab apple, azaleas, dogwood, etc. is from March 15 to April 15. Roses begin blooming soon after the middle of April and continue until the first killing frost of November.

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.

www.countrygardenroses.co.uk

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Jun 19 • 2013 • AmericanGardenOakRoseRose NewsSmellTornadoTreesroses

Rose News From Around The World

TORNADO  WRECKS ROSE CENTRE

American Rose Center in the USA still cleaning up after May tornado.

The Gardens of the American Rose Centre in Shreveport will reopen later this month. The center lost 37 trees and sustained roof damage to all its buildings when an EF-1 tornado struck on the afternoon of May 16.

The headquarters of the American Rose Society is humming these days with the sound of chainsaws from tree removal contractors taking down the mostly pine and mature oak trees. Executive director Jeff Ware said tornado warnings are common, but this one was different. The staff huddled in their administrative building away from windows.

“There really wasn’t time to be frightened. We just did what needed to be done for safety. Then, we peeked outside and it was a different world," Ware said, during a recent interview at his office that was without power for a week. "The ground was covered in white hail. The temperature changed so quickly because of the a hail on the ground that it produced a fog. The whole area in the garden was covered in a dense fog. It looked like we were on another planet.”

This time of year, you’d normally smell the roses when you drive into the centre even with windows up, but that’s no longer the case. Ware said the severe storm took a toll on the rose bushes with winds that clocked about 100 miles per hour and dime-sized hail.

“Many of the roses were just stripped of leaves and blooms, and basically they’re stocks now. We expect most of them to come back, but we’re watching about 1,000 rose [bushes] that may eventually have to be replaced," Ware said.

The loss of trees will bring more light into the American Rose Centre, which will benefit the roses. The American Rose Centre has set aside a special account to help pay for the damage called "restoration."

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.

www.countrygardenroses.co.uk

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