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Journal of a rose gardener 20/08/16

This Month in the Journal of a Rose Gardener

Companion Plants, Which to choose, Border Colour, Competing plants, Crowding a rose, Poor air circulation...and much more. 



Journal of a rose gardener…Focus on Hybrid Teas (10/08/16)

Focus on Hybrid Teas...What are they? Where did they come from? When does it flower? 

Find out now here... 



Journal of a Rose Gardener...Choosing a rose 03/08/16

Purchasing a rose?  Is it suitable for your intended function? How much care you are supposed to give it? Is your soil fertile and well drained? or poor and dry? Does the intended position receive enough direct sunlight a day?

These questions and more answered this week.



Journal of a rose gardener...Blackspot 25/07/16

Rose Blackspot, appears as soon as leaves appear on roses in early spring, and will continue until the leaves fall in autumn.

It infects the leaves, causing leaves to turn yellow and fall. Small, black lesions may also appear on young stems.

To learn more about combating black spot, click



Journal of a rose pot or not to pot 21/07/16

We are often asked by customers whether they can place the rose which they have chosen in a pot in the garden. If the rose is a patio (for example. Diamond, Elizabeth, Queen Mother) , compact floribunda (Ballerina, Darcy Bussell, Flower Carpet) or compact climber, (Cinderella, Good as Gold, Star Performer) it will be happy in a pot, but hybrid tea roses, larger climbers and ramblers will struggle.



Journal of a rose gardener...Weeds..tearoom..shows 07/07/16

Its been busy, busy, busy here at the Nursery , so we thought we would give you a heads up on the following, planting pond margins, dealing with problem weeds, deadheading roses...and more

The tearoom is in full swing providing legendary homemade cakes and scones.

We are at Shrewsbury Flower show, Wem Vehicles Of Interest Show, where we would love to meet you and a offer advise.



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 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.



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.



Dec 04 • 2013 • ChristmasGARDDENLUXURYRoseRose NewsTELEPHONE


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.
is proving very popular. Once again a very popular and inexpensive Christmas Gift
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



Oct 16 • 2013 • ClimberContainerFlowersGardenRose of the WeekWhite


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.



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:



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.



Jun 29 • 2013 • BotanicalEdistoMemorialNew YorkOrangeburgRosariansRose Gardens

Rose News From Around The World



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.



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