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Feb 13 • 2013 • BeautifulBloomEnglishLady.RosesPetalsRose of the WeekStandardfloribundagold

Rose Of The Week



Floribunda  2009  3ft


Now it has been included in the Gold Standard range this beautiful rose should gain in popularity and get the recognition it deserves.

 Stunning blooms of changing pastel shades as the bloom matures.  In the early stages the bloom is a lovely peachy shade which develops into an apricot blush, and eventually pales to a soft cream shade.

As the petals open they reveal superb stamens of gold, maroon or chocolate.  It really is an impressive display of colour.

A good repeat flowering habit throughout the summer, and excellent health and disease resistance.


Highly recommended


Named after Susan Daniel the opera singer, and the rose helps raise funds for the 'Help For Heroes' charity.'


Glasgow Certificate Of Merit 2009



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.

Bred by Harness Roses. UK

For further information  please see  Gold Standard Roses on the Main Menu.


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Feb 06 • 2013 • BloomBlushChildHealthPinkRose of the Weekbloomsfloribundafloweringspecial

Rose Of The Week



1997  2ft-2ft 6ins

A superb low growing floribunda with masses of well shaped blooms of blush pink.    Lovely shiny foliage and a good long flowering period. One of our favourite roses as it always seems to be in bloom and has excellent health. The quantity of flowers is quite outstanding.   When this comes into bloom at the nursery it causes plenty of interest and we sell out quite quickly.

A lovely gift for that "Special Child". Scented. Named for CLIC. Children with cancer and leukaemia.

Also known as 'Glacier Magic'

GOLD STANDARD AWARD WINNER 2006 SPECIAL CHILD  (Taniripsa) 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 Rosen Tantau in Germany 1997 Introduced into the UK 2002

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Jan 24 • 2013 • BloomBudsBushesColdGrowingMarketRose NewsThornWarmerroses


Mumbai, Jan. 18:

A warmer winter this year has turned out to be a thorn in the flesh for rose growing farmers. In Pune and across Bangalore, the winter temperature has increased by 4 degree Celsius. Both these centres are major areas for rose cultivation. The higher than normal temperature has resulted in an earlier bloom of roses. This, in turn, has advanced the arrival of the roses in the market. Planters project that at least 25 per cent of the blooms are set to arrive in the market much ahead of Valentine’s Day this year. The ongoing concern of floriculturists is that the sharp rise in temperature could lead to damage and consequent rejection of export consignments. In the domestic market, most planters are expecting a glut that would result in prices plunging. Roses fetch the maximum value during the week preceding Valentine’s Day, with prices rising as high as Rs 10 a stem in the wholesale market compared with Rs 2-4 on an average day. For the fiscal 2011-12, India exported about Rs 320 crore worth of flowers, half of which were roses. Usually, roses take around 45-50 days to grow. Farmers generally begin pruning the rose bushes by the first week of December. This tends to yield a good crop by January 26. Between January 26 and February 14, roses are stored in cold rooms, and then shipped to Amsterdam ready for the auctions, to be finally shipped across the retail markets in Europe. This year, farmers’ fear that the buds are bound to be ready to harvest by January 21, five days ahead of schedule. “These roses would not be accepted by exporters, because they would be too early for dispatch to Europe for Valentine’s Day buyers. Farmers would be forced to sell it in the domestic market, putting pressure on prices,” said Milind Manerikar, Chief Executive Officer of Sankalp Farms, a major rose grower near Pune. He said that if the rose buds do get exported, they are bound to suffer damage due to the early blooming. This, Manerikar says, could result in disputes between the buyers and the sellers. Bangalore-based rose farmer Shreekant Shivappa said that such temperature rises prove to be a double whammy for farmers. “On the one hand, prices of all agriculture inputs are increasing and on the other, the farmers’ margins are shrinking. Rose farming is increasing becoming an unviable business,” he said. Agriculture expert Jagadeesh Sunkad said that such unusual weather is a result of climate change. “Not just roses, even other cash crops such as rubber and tea are bound to be affected given the undue stress. It is time we send an SOS to the government,” he said.

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Sep 09 • 2012 • BloomBudsFlowersFragranceGardenNew Roses For 2013Wonderfulfloribundaplant



Floribunda  2ft-3ft

EBB TIDE is a wonderful floribunda to add to your garden. Deep smoky purple buds open to full old-fashioned flowers the colour of rich plum velvet. Intense spicy clove fragrance only adds to the attractiveness of this rose. This very hardy floribunda will bloom all season long well into frost.  A captivating garden focal point that keeps getting better the longer it's established. Please note that young Ebb Tide plants may bloom in shades with a pinkish or reddish cast. The blooms will darken to purple as the plant matures.

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



Aug 22 • 2012 • BloomBranchesCanopyLargest.BushRoseRose Facts & TriviaWhitegardeners

Rose Facts and Trivia

-- The world's largest rose bush is in Tombstone, Ariz. It is almost 200 years old and when in full bloom is adorned with more than 200,000 white blooms. Its trunk is nearly 6 feet in diameter, and its branches form a canopy large enough to shelter a crowd of 150 people. -- An estimated 150 million rose plants are purchased by gardeners worldwide every year. -- Until the early 19th century, dried rose petals were believed to have mysterious powers. Napoleon gave his officers bags of rose petals to boil in white wine to cure lead poisoning from bullet wounds. -- One of the oldest paintings in the world depicts a five-petaled pink rose. It resides in a cave on the island of Crete and dates to about 1450 B.C.

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




Jun 25 • 2012 • BestBloom.RosesGardensHorticulturalRHS.ShowsRoseRose GardensSummer


Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden 

Royal Horticultural Society.

The Ten Best Rose Gardens. Roses are soon to be in full bloom in gardens across Britain. Here are 10 outstanding RHS Gardens and Partner Gardens where you can see roses at their very best this summer.

RHS Gardens and shows

RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey

Celebrating its first anniversary this summer, the Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden creates a memorable summer spectacle with more than 4,000 roses interplanted with 5,000 herbaceous plants. Designed to demonstrate the full range of rose types available to modern gardeners, from true old roses, English roses and floribundas (cluster-flowered) through to rose species that are rarely seen in a garden setting, this garden boasts more than 150 cultivars. The colour scheme, of hot to cool and back again, creates a visual impact that complements perfectly the impressive range of scents.

RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon

More than 2,000 roses from nearly 200 cultivars are found within Rosemoor’s two rose gardens that make up part of the formal, hedged gardens in the 65 acre estate. The Queen Mother’s Rose Garden bursts with more than 60 modern cultivars of hybrid tea (large-flowered) and floribunda roses, with a mix of climbers to clothe the central arbour, arches and obelisks, while the Shrub Rose Garden mixes 130 old-fashioned and traditional selections. Visit Rosemoor for Rose Weekend, 23 – 24 June.

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Essex

The Modern Rose Garden at Hyde Hall reaches its full glory in June when the roses erupt into a wonderful display of colour and fill the air with a heady fragrance. The area, bounded by yew and box hedges, is planted in a formal style with a range of colours from deep, velvety red through oranges and yellows to pale creams and crisp, clear whites. Obelisks add height and structure for climbing roses and late-flowering clematis.

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Surrey

From 3-8 July, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will bring together some of the UK’s best rose growers in the ‘Romance and Roses’ marquee. Bursting with blooms to buy at the peak of perfection, the marquee will also be home to the rose nurseries’ new roses for 2012, alongside floral interpretations of some of the great love stories of myth and literature, such as Beauty and the Beast, Romeo and Juliet, and Lancelot and Guinevere.

RHS Partner Gardens

Houghton Hall, Norfolk

The rose garden at Houghton Hall is divided into two contrasting areas: one stately and formal, the other in a looser style. The outer garden has an informal, cottage style, and the roses are interplanted with Philadelphus, rosemary, peonies and euphorbias. It is a mass of colour, perfume and variety, and a great place to see how roses can look when grown alongside many other kinds of plants.

Cambo Gardens, Fife

Staging its Rose Festival from 22 June to 7 July, Cambo Gardens has a collection of more than 100 climbing and rambling roses, particularly in the Walled Garden and Woodland Garden. See ramblers such as Rosa ‘Paul’s Himalayan Musk’ and R. ‘Wedding Day’ growing up trees, through shrubs and hedges, on ropes, walls, trellises and pergolas.

Hever Castle and Gardens, Kent

The four acre, walled rose garden in the grounds of Hever Castle boasts formal beds, densely planted with more than 3,000 roses. Each bed contains just one cultivar, creating impressive blocks of colour and scent. Seek out cerise Rosa Buxom Beauty (‘Korbilant’) and Rosa Champagne Cocktail (‘Horflash’).

Coughton Court, Warwickshire

The Rose Labyrinth within the historic Walled Garden at Coughton Court is undoubtedly the jewel in the garden’s crown. More than 200 different selections of shrub, climbing and rambling roses are grown, along with a wide range of herbaceous underplanting, such as geraniums, violets and achilleas. Rose cultivars include Damasks, Albas and Noisettes as well as many other old-fashioned English roses.

Millgate House, North Yorkshire

The garden at Millgate House in Richmond, North Yorkshire, shows just how versatile roses can be. There are more than 70 rose cultivars throughout the compact town garden: clambering up stone walls, trained as standards, and grown as shrubs in herbaceous beds. Especially spectacular displays come from lemon-yellow Rosa helenae and Rosa ‘Maigold’, which is draped along a cast-iron balcony, making the most of limited space.

Nymans, West Sussex

The classical rose garden at Nymans shows that it is possible to have beautiful roses without using pesticides. Each week, from leaf burst to October, the plants are sprayed with an organic solution of milk, garlic, seaweed or compost tea to keep major pest and disease populations at bay.

RHS members can visit each of these RHS Partner Gardens free in June.

Details of all our roses are available on our web site.

Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



Mar 05 • 2012 • BloomBushesCuttingsGardenHorticultureNurseriesRoseRose Gardens

Rose news from Around the world



Besides building a business, a town and a school for orphaned children, Milton S. Hershey’s support of local horticulture earned him his own rose.

Having a town named after you is cool enough, but having your own rose? Now that’s cool.

When asked to sponsor a national rosarium in Washington, D.C., Hershey instead decided to create a “nice garden of roses” in his hometown.

Working with horticulturist Harry Erdman, Hershey designed a 3½-acre rose garden that included a small pond and more than 12,000 rose bushes of 700 varieties. The Hershey Rose Garden opened to the public in 1937.

The following year, the American Rose Society honored Hershey’s support by naming a rose after him. In 1940, the M.S. Hershey Rose, a scarlet-crimson red (velvet-black red) was planted in Hershey Gardens.

Unfortunately, the number of M.S. Hershey Rose bushes dwindled over the years. But now officials and supporters have launched a campaign to bring the beautiful namesake rose back to its former glory.

Using cuttings from existing bushes, the rose is being bred by two nurseries. Several of the new bushes, developed with advanced methods to fight disease, will be planted this year. By next year, 75 of the rose bushes will bloom in the gardens.

The Hershey Gardens encompasses 23 acres of themed gardens, colorful seasonal displays, unusual trees, and a magnificent outdoor butterfly house that houses 300 butterflies.

As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, the garden is planning to create a M.S. Hershey Tribute Garden to showcase the revival of the special Hershey rose bush.

The new garden will feature a variety of trees and annuals. A special tribute to Hershey will feature a special circular seating area that will include 75 commemorative naming opportunities. A quote by Hershey also will feature prominently in the garden: “The more beautiful you can make the place look, the better life the people will have.”

The tribute garden will overlook the community that bears his name.

Hershey “dreamed of building a community where residents could enjoy a wonderful quality of life,” said anniversary co-chairwomen Trish Foulkrod and Ashie Santangelo.

“He valued horticultural beauty and made it a priority in his community. Attractive green lawns and manicured beds created a beautiful setting for his thriving town.

“Today, Mr. Hershey’s legacy of horticulture can still be found throughout our town.”

For more information on the 75 donor opportunities or the tribute garden, contact the Hershey Gardens membership office at 63 W. Chocolate Ave., Hershey or call 717-534-3492.


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Jan 27 • 2012 • BloomFloristsRose NewsSt Valentines Dayroses




On a sunny plateau near the Colombian capital of Bogotá, millions and millions of roses grow. By Valentine’s Day, they will have been harvested, rolled into bundles, boxed, X-rayed for hidden drug shipments and loaded onto cargo planes destined for Miami. From there, they’re packed into refrigerated trucks and shipped to wholesalers and distributors all over North America, eventually arriving at the florists, grocery chains and corner delis of Canada. In 2010, this country imported $23.5 million worth of roses from Colombia. In fact, almost a third of all cut flowers sold in Canada are imported from Colombia—our number one supplier—including $14.1 million worth of carnations and $9.6 million worth of chrysanthemums. Those numbers will likely grow. Last August, the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement went into effect, securing a market for Canadian wheat, pulses and newsprint while eliminating the tariffs on Colombian flowers: It was previously 10.5% on roses. The numbers have yet to be crunched, but by October, 2011—just two months after the agreement came into force—chrysanthemum and carnation imports had already surpassed 2010 levels. For local growers—who cultivate $1.4 billion worth of flowers annually, a large portion in Ontario’s Niagara region—the bloom fell off roses long ago. Colombia’s equatorial climate, with warm days and cool nights, allows roses to grow year-round. Moreover, labour costs in the country are so low and roses so durable (they can be shipped without water or soil and last for a week or more after harvesting) that a 4,000-kilometre journey isn’t a problem. Still, local producers worry that the agreement may threaten stronger Canadian categories: tulips, orchids and daisies, among others. For the time being, at least, they’d love husbands to consider the romantic potential of a gerbera daisy.

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