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Apr 26 • 2016

What to do in the Garden in April and May

Wondering what needs doing in your garden as summer draws closer? Click read more to see our blog post for gardening tips this April and May!



Mar 10 • 2016

What To Do In The Garden In March

The Gardens are starting to awaken and colour is now returning. The snowdrops are out up the back drive and the crocus in the garden are opening in the sunlight. The daffodils are showing their heads too! Although the days are cold it's time to start getting back out into the garden. When you get to work, with the winter sun on your back, it's actually quite pleasant out there!

Click read more to read on about what to do in your garden this March...



Feb 29 • 2016

This Week at the Nursery 29/02/2016

The rabbit fence is complete and so far, "touch wood", we've had no trouble from our furry friends!

The pond has been fenced back in to make it dog and child safe! But don't worry we will be creating seating areas for you to sit and look out across the water. As I'm sure you can all appreciate, the wet weather has set us back with the planting schedule. So it will be full steam ahead now the weather has improved!

Click Read More to see pictures and find out what else has been going on at the nursery... 



Feb 21 • 2016


A stunning shrub rose new to our collections, and named in 2010 by its breeder, Peter Beales, for Sir Terry Wogan, who sadly passed away last month...


Click read more for more information on this rose, and the man for which it was named... 



Jan 25 • 2016

This Week at the Nursery 25/01/2016

The Rabbit fence is being erected as we speak and plans to open out the view through the garden centre are under way. Ron our trusty handy man has been working away all morning cutting back and digging out an Aucuba. We don't like to kill off and remove plants and this was undertaken after careful consideration. It had outgrown it's spot, it was impacting on the growth of a number of other plants and was generally making a nuisance of itself.

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Jan 12 • 2016

This Week at the Nursery 11/01/2016

Over the past couple of months everyone has been working flat out to get the bare root roses potted up and sent out. This is still ongoing as the roses were late going dormant and we are still receiving them from the growers...



Nov 08 • 2015

This Week at the Nursery - 08/11/2015

The past couple of weeks have been extremely hectic!

Read on to find out what we've been up to at the nursery the past few weeks, and find out which delicious bakes are available at our idyllic tea room at the moment... 




Oct 25 • 2015

The Many Wonderful Uses Of The Rose

Any one who is into a spot of foraging will know that the rose hip is a treasure. Containing a whopping 2,000mg of vitamin C per 100g pre processing. And the petals of a rose flower can be used in all manor of things. But did you know that the leaves of roses have a use too?! Well neither did I until quite recently...



Oct 18 • 2015

Protecting Roses Against Black Spot

One of the most common questions we are asked here at Country Garden Roses is about Black Spot and other Fungal Diseases and what are the best ways to remove these pests from your garden and protect your roses from them. This is our simple guide to protecting your roses from Black Spot...



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.



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?



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.



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.



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.


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.


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



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.



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