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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.



Feb 18 • 2013 • Bud.LeafletsBushFAQHealRootstockShootsSuckerplant

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What is a rose sucker?

A. Suckers are shoots that grow from the rootstock rather than from the named variety which has been grafted onto it. If nothing is done then the suckers will take over the plant completely and you will have a bush that has reverted back to the root stock.

You can tell if it is a sucker if you see that it is coming from below the bud union and by the different leaf form and colour.   Suckers can appear anywhere from the bud union downwards.  Any growth above the bud union is new growth and NOT a sucker.

Don't go by the number of leaflets as a guide as that is a bit off an old wives tale.

Try to pull or break the sucker off at the base rather than cutting it, as cutting stimulates growth again. Pulling it or breaking it off at the base causes the wound to make a callous and heal over.

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



Feb 10 • 2013 • BalckBushDeeplyDideaseHumidityDryFAQGardenMildewRainfallRoot.GrowthSpotWaters

FAQ Frequently Asked Questions


Q. How often should I water my roses ?

  1. A.      Nothing is more important for a rose bush's survival and performance than water. Roses absolutely love water.
  • In general, soil for roses should be watered  deeply, but infrequently. This will encourage strong root growth. Even      during winter, occasional watering of garden roses during dry periods will help them perform better during the next growing season.
  • Water in the morning to help prevent black spot and mildew.
  • Avoid wetting the plant's leaves during regular watering, which can spread disease.
  • However, about once a week, give your rose a "shower" with a spray nozzle hose attachment. This treatment not only adds water and humidity, it clears leaves of dust, dirt etc. or other harmful insects. Never sprinkle bushes in the afternoon or evening, which can promote disease.
  • Roses should receive 1 to 2 inches of water each week. Rule of thumb is to water two to four times a week, especially if there is no rainfall, or in very hot or windy conditions.
  • Container roses will need to be watered frequently because water evaporates more quickly from plants above ground.      Initially, water the plant well to get it firmly established.
  • During growth cycles, stick a finger in the soil to check for moisture. If your finger comes out literally dry, it's time to add water. Muddy soil means the plant is getting too much water.      Moist soil should be an indicator that the water amount is just about right.

Mulch (2 to 3 inches around a bush) to help retain moisture from watering and reduce future watering needs. Mulching also helps keep the soil cool and helps control weeds. Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from. (click below)



Oct 12 • 2012 • BushColoursGardenGroundcoverGroundsPinksRoseRose NewsShapesclimbing

Rose News From Around The World


Ringling Estate Rose Garden Still Going Strong

When John Ringling's wife, Mable, planted a rose garden in the picturesque grounds of the Ringling Estate in Sarasota in the early 1900s, she probably didn't realize that her lovely rose garden would still be enjoyed by visitors today.

This 27,225-square-foot rose garden is patterned after a traditional Italian circular garden design, so one can enjoy the nearly 1,200 roses while walking in large circles. As you stroll, you will note the many varieties of colors, shapes and showiness.

There are yellows, pinks and reds that range from climbing to bush to ground cover. Some are tall and elegant, while others are smaller and charming. In the very center of the garden lies a gazebo where you can sit and enjoy the fresh scents of the many roses — which are in bloom nearly all year.

According to Deborah Walk, museum curator, Mable Ringling was in Florida during the cooler months, usually from October through March/April when she enjoyed strolling in and tending her gardens. Other gardens on the grounds are: Mable's Secret Garden, the Dwarf Garden and the Millennium Tree Trail. Although none of the original rose bushes planted by Mable survived, many of today's roses in the garden are of the same types.

"There are old garden roses such as Hybrid Perpetuals, China Tea Roses and Hybrid Musk," said Loretta Bestpitch, horticulturist and curator of Mable's Rose Garden for The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

With this many roses to care for, they must be attended to on a daily basis. The estate horticulturists supervise the five to 15 volunteers who are asked to remove the spent blooms or deadhead the roses.

"At times, our volunteers will help with other projects such as planting new roses, cutting the roses back, mulching or cleaning the paths and beds," said Bestpitch, who explained that it is important to remove the spent blooms in order to encourage the growth of new blooms. "We prune for shape and try to cut to an outward facing bud and the thickness of a pencil so there is enough strength to support the new blooms," added Bestpitch.

Rose lovers who want to grow their own should keep in mind that roses require sun exposure of six to eight hours per day. They also like to have 3 to 5 inches of mulch to keep them weed-free. Good nutrient-rich soil that is the proper pH (5.8-6.8) is also important. Furthermore, although they like to have plenty of water, roses do not like to stand in water.

Bestpitch explained that it's also important to choose the right rootstock for your area.

"Make sure you choose a rose that performs good in Florida or the area where you reside. Florida roses do best when grafted onto Fortuniana rootstock; other parts of the country prefer Dr. Huey." Garden and miniature roses do well on their own roots.

Typically, the roses in Florida are cut back hard (hard pruning) during the first week in February. "After a hard cut, it takes approximately 45 to 60 days (depending on variety) for them to display a dazzling show of new blooms," explained Bestpitch. However, newer cutting techniques currently being employed by the estate are in hope of keeping the roses blooming all year long.

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.




Jul 07 • 2012 • BushCharity RosesMercyPinkPottedRosefloribundaplant



Mercy Rose

Mercy Ships UK has released a new ‘Mercy Rose’ potted plant which is now available to buy.

Proceeds from the sales of the potted plant will go towards funding the world’s largest charity hospital ship that provides free medical care and humanitarian aid to the poorest countries in Africa.

The launch of the potted plant follows the success of the initial Mercy Rose bare root plant which was launched last year in August.

These unique pale pink roses have been developed over time to provide a floribunda bush rose that blooms from June to late autumn. A cluster of up to nine buds reveal delicate shell-pink flowers with a fresh, spicy perfume. The Mercy Rose potted plant is now available from Mercy Ships and costs £11.95.

The Mercy Rose is grown by Harkness, specialist rose growers for over 130 years. Funds raised from the sale of the Mercy Rose help pay for the medical care provided on board the Africa Mercy which is currently finishing a six-month field service in Togo, West Africa.

You can acquire either the potted plant or the bare root plant direct from Mercy Ships by calling 01438 727800 or by e-mailing [email protected].

About Us

Imagine a ship crewed by doctors, nurses, water engineers and agriculturalists visiting some of the world’s poorest countries. Now imagine their life-changing services offered free of charge…

Right now dedicated volunteers from around the world are bringing hope and healing to thousands of people who could never have believed it possible. Welcome to Mercy Ships, a compassionate response to a world where many have lost hope

. What we do

Mercy Ships provides free surgery and medical care, and partners with local communities to improve health care, offering training and advice, materials and hands-on assistance.


There are lots of ways that you can support the work of Mercy Ships such as financial donations, fundraising, volunteering and much more. Your support will help Mercy Ships save lives and improve the quality of life for poor people in developing nations.

call 01438 727800 or by e-mailing [email protected].

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



Apr 14 • 2012 • BlossomBushGenusLuiaeMultifloraRosaRoseRose Newsplants



Rosa Dadu


A new species of multiflora rose bush reaching 30m in length, 5m in width and 5m in height was discovered on Dadu Mountain (??????), Greater Taichung, making it the largest type of multiflora rose bush in the country.

Wu Ching-shu (??????), an ecologist at Dadu Mountain, said earlier this week that he uncovered a new genus of baby rose endemic to Taiwan, during his field studies on the mountain in April last year.

"Following my field studies on the then-largest wild baby rose bush in southern Dadu Mountain, I happened to come across a different genus almost five times larger in size than the one I had observed," Wu said.

Unlike the other native species of Dadu Mountain, the Rosa luciae, the back of the leaves of the new genus, which Wu has provisionally named "Rosa Dadu," appears to be villous, Wu said.

Wu said the Rosa luciae are commonly seen in Greater Taichung, Changhua County and Miaoli County, with the flowers blooming around the beginning of April.

Research shows that there are about 30 bushes of Rosa luciae nationwide, with about 20 on Dadu Mountain, Wu said, but added that the number could be higher.

The new species has grown about 100,000 buds, which would gradually blossom into white flowers with five heart-shaped petals. Its shrubs are entwined around trees and among brushwood, with the blossoms emanating the fragrance of roses and attracting bees, Wu said.

Yang Kuoh-cheng (??????), an associate professor at Providence University’s ecology department, said the villous leaves differentiate the new species from the native genus Rosa Luciae, adding that the name "Rosa Dadu" commemorates the location of its discovery.


In related news, National Cheng Kung University said a new species of rose whose petals can change color in sunlight has been cultivated at a rose garden in Changhua County and could offer enormous potential business opportunities.

The new species, which is awaiting verification by the school, was bred by experts at the rose garden two years ago.

University officials said that when the bud starts to open, the edge of the petals gradually turn from light pink to neon pink.

When the flower fully opens, the color becomes much deeper as it is exposed to stronger sunlight, university officials said.

After verification is completed, the university will register the new species with the Council of Agriculture.

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