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Journal of a rose gardener...to 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.

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Mar 19 • 2013 • BloomingColourClustersFlowersPetalsRose of the WeekYearclimbingfoliage

Rose Of The Week

PENNY LANE Climbing Rose 1998  14-15ft

Rose Of The Year 1998 This is the first climber to be voted Rose Of The Year in the UK. It is a significant addition to the range of repeat blooming climbers, because of the old fashioned nature of the flowers. They are filled with ruffled, informal petals which become larger and more beautiful as they expand. The colour is pearly blush with light apricot in the depths of the fragrant flower. 'Penny Lane' blooms continuously through summer and autumn on long slender shoots, usually singly, and sometimes in small clusters. The plant has flexible stems and grows vigorously to average height or more, making it ideal for pillars, pergolas, arches, wall and fences. The plentiful foliage is healthy, dark green and shiny with excellent disease resistance. Fragrant. Highly Recommended.

AWARDS Rose Of The Year 1998. GOLD STANDARD AWARD WINNER 2008 PENNY LANE   (Hardwell) 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 Harkness Roses. UK For further information  please see  Gold Standard Roses on the Main Menu.

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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Feb 06 • 2013 • Climbing.AwardFlowersGoldenNew Roses For 2013PatioSmall.WhiteSummerrepeat

NEW ROSES FOR 2013

WHITE STAR

Patio Climbing rose 6ft-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. (click below)

www.countrygardenroses.co.uk

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Jan 25 • 2013 • FAQFairyFlowerHillsLucyMalvernPhylissRamblerSummerclimbingfloweringrepeat

FAQ Frequently Asked Questions.

MALVERN HILLS Repeat Flowering Rambler.

Q. What is the difference between a Climbing rose and a Rambling rose.

A.      In the past the answer was quite simple.  Most ramblers only flower once during the summer, mainly in the spring or early summer.   Most climbers repeat flower through the summer. However over the last few years quite a few ramblers have been bred that repeat flower through the season.  Take a look at our Rambling Rose section on the web site which lists quite a few repeat flowering ramblers.   A few that come to mind are BLUSHING LUCY.  MALVERN HILLS. PHYLISS BIDE. And SUPER FAIRY.  For further information please see the ROSE CARE page on our web site.

 

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

www.countrygardenroses.co.uk

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Oct 12 • 2012 • BushColoursGardenGroundcoverGroundsPinksRoseRose NewsShapesclimbing

Rose News From Around The World

USA

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.

www.countrygardenroses.co.uk

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Sep 02 • 2012 • ColourfulFlowersHealthyNew Roses For 2013Rosebloomsclimbingfoliageperfumeseason

NEW ROSES FOR 2013

CANDYLAND

Climbing Rose  10ft-12ft  2008 An attractive and colourful climber from the USA.

The blooms are a great combination of ivory yellow over pink on well formed flowers. Easy to grow and flowers right through the season.

A vigorous and healthy rose with a pleasant apple perfume. Glossy mid green foliage. A real eye catcher. Bred by Carruth. USA

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 09 • 2012 • AlbertineCecile BrunnerClimbing RoseFlowerGypsy BoyRamblingRose Gardens

Rose News From Around The World

LONDON. ENGLAND.

Eccleston Square Gardens. London.

Open This Weekend.

Growing roses in small town gardens is a tough call. The temptation is to scale down with neat pompom roses, potted miniatures and bred-for-purpose, frequently scentless — and soulless — patio roses. Keeping them contained and small is a mistake, however, as even if it's just for one moment in summer, roses need to dominate the garden with a profusion of bud and blooms as well as intoxicating perfume.

'You may not have room for climbing roses, but you could have one heartbreaker'

To see roses at their magnificent best visit Eccleston Square this weekend, which is only open to the public on Sunday June 10, as part of the London Open Garden Squares Weekend. This is the place where, thanks to long-term Eccleston Square resident and world-renowned rosarian Roger Phillips, who has managed the garden since 1981, you will find species roses that he brought back as seed from China rubbing stems with modern repeat-flowering roses such as David Austin's Abraham Darby. Some of the 300 climbing and shrub roses planted over the years are tender, but thrive in this central London microclimate; here, the rare but sometimes temperamental Bengal Rose is only out of flower in November. Full-time gardener Neville Capil, a New Zealander who has introduced cabbage trees and other southern hemisphere exotica to the nearly two-centuries-old garden, doesn't spray the roses and doesn't mind blackspot because, he says, it doesn't affect the blooms.

Robust survivors

New roses are planted with mycorrhizal fungi to stimulate root growth and first-year roses are given a feed of powdered chicken manure, not just in early spring along with the rest of the roses, but at the beginning of autumn as well. Capil will also give them a leaf mulch at the end of winter. "Roses are survivors and I think they actually perform well under stress," he says. He simply prunes back the shrub roses by a third or a quarter at winter's end. "The important point is to prune with the bud growing outwards. And if you cut back repeat-flowering roses by half after they've performed, they'll flower again." Capil, who will be on hand to offer advice, promises a lot of colour this Sunday. The exquisite butterfly-like flowers of Rosa mutabilis will greet you at the main gate, together with the more demure sugar-pink climber, Cecile Brunner. Roses such as apricotflowered The Garland scramble into every tree. Alister Stella Gray's soft yellow blooms will smother the arbour near the garden shed. The point to learn from this sensational garden — which also holds the National Collection of Ceanothus, and has a hundred-plus camellias — is to think big, just this once. You may not have room for even several of the climbing roses and shrub roses of Eccleston Square, but you could have one heartbreaker. Coax Francis E Lester into an apple tree. Grow Albertine over the garden shed. Train The Garland against the house wall. Got a garden seat? Copy the visionary at a Norfolk garden I once visited, where five Gypsy Boy roses crowded around a bench, serenading the enchanted visitor with their burgundy flowers and sublime fragrance. The clever gardener also trained the rambling roses to shimmy up the walls and left the remainder of the long flower-studded stems unpruned, so they bent over, and cascaded right down again. Let other shrubs be workhorses, offering different features through the year. For a few glorious weeks in June — sometimes beyond — let roses rule your garden. Eccleston Square Gardens, SW1, open this Sunday June 10, from 2pm to 5pm; an Open Garden Squares ticket can be used, or bought at the main gate for £12.

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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ROSE OF THE WEEK

One of the most common requests we have is to suggest climbing roses that will grow on a North wall .  Over the next few weeks we will highlight all  the climbers we have  that will  tolerate a Northern aspect.

However you have to accept a simple golden rule.

“More sun. More flowers”

MME CAROLINE TESTOUT

Climbing Rose. 1901.  15ft

Over a century old but still grown in gardens around the world.

Very large globular blooms of clear satin pink.

A good vigorous climber with a long flowering period.

Excellent disease resistance .

A Useful rose as it will cope with a North wall, poorer soils and partial shade.

An excellent rose for arches, pillars pergolas and walls where the lovely scented blooms can be appreciated.

Heady Fragrance.

It is said that the original Mme Caroline Testout was a milliner, who bought the name of the rose to promote her business.

MME GREGOIRE STAECHELIN

Climbing Rose. 1927.  10ft-12ft

A fine climbing rose with huge blooms of soft rosy carmine with crimson shadings.

The blooms are ruffled and can come singly and in small clusters.

Summer flowering but a breathtaking sight in full bloom.

If spent blooms are not removed, very large pear shaped fruits are produced that change slowly from green to yellow gold.

Lovely dark green foliage with good disease resistance.

Tolerant of a North wall  situation and very vigorous.

Originally from Spain and is also known as 'Spanish Beauty'

Has won numerous award including,

Bagatelle Gold Medal 1927.

American Rose Society John Cook Medal 1929.

Royal Horticultural Society  Award Of Garden Merit. 1993.

Scented.

MORTIMER SACKLER

Shrub Climber David Austin  2002.  6ft-8ft

A rose of rather different character from other English Roses.

The medium sized, soft pink flowers start as pretty, rather pointed buds, opening to loosely double cups that are held in large, open sprays.

The growth is tall and airy, with dark, very nearly thornless stems.  A dainty and extremely healthy rose for the back of the border and equally good when grown as a climber.

Will tolerate a North wall.

Lovely Old Rose fragrance with delicious hints of fruit.

The right to name this rose was auctioned on behalf of the National Trust to raise funds for their gardens..  It was bought by Mrs Sackler for her husbands birthday.

NARROW WATER

Rambling Rose. 1883.8ft-10ft

(Rose Of The Week)

Large trusses of semi-double lilac pink flowers on a vigorous upright plant.

Repeat flowering Noisette which is always welcome in a rambler.

It is reminiscent of 'Blush Noisette' the original Noisette rose.

Best in sun but can cope with a North wall situation.

A very desirable rose to have in the garden.

Quite a stunning sight when in full bloom with the added bonus of a lovely perfume.

Narrow Water Castle stands on a narrowing section of the Carlingford River between Newry and Warrenpoint.   This river marks the boundary between Eire and Northern Island.

Discovered in 1883 and introduced into the UK by Daisy Hill Nursery in Circa 1901

For further information , see ‘What Rose Where’ on our web site

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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ROSE OF THE WEEK

One of the most common requests we have is to suggest climbing roses that will grow on a North wall .  Over the next few weeks we will highlight all  the climbers we have  that will  tolerate a Northern aspect.

However you have to accept a simple golden rule.

“More sun. More flowers”

CASINO

Climbing Rose.

1963.  10ft-12ft

This really is one of the best yellow-flowered climbing roses around, and its floriferousness is quite remarkable.

The soft yellow, double, quartered blooms are well formed, very full and fragrant.

They hold their large, old fashioned shape well and  and repeat superbly, often up to 5 times per year.

The hips if deadheading is not completed, are large, round and attractive.

Also makes an excellent cut flower.

Dark green glossy healthy foliage which has good disease resistance.

Best in sun, but will tolerate a North wall.

A good rose that has not received the attention it deserves.

National Rose Society Gold Medal Winner in 1963.

CHAPLIN’S PINK CLIMBER

Climbing Rose.

1928.   15ft plus

 A popular old rose which is not so widely used these days which is a great shame as it is very beautiful and versatile.

Although it is called a climber it is also known as a rambler as it has a rambling habit and mostly summer flowering.

The blooms are vivid pink which are not to everyone's taste, and have golden yellow stamens.    

The blooms are produced in large clusters of 8-12 and are very free flowering and last for ages, with some scattered flowering later in the season.

Glossy mid green foliage plus a nice musky fragrance.

Grows to 15ft plus and is suitable for growing up trees and will also cope with a North wall.

Well worth a place in any rose lover's garden.

Bred by Chaplin Bros.  UK

AWARDS

Royal Horticultural Society, Award of Garden Merit.  1928

Royal National Rose Society Certificate of Merit. 1928

Royal National Rose Society Gold Medal 1928

Also known as Chaplins Pink.    Chaplins Pink Cluster.

CITY OF YORK

Rambling Rose.

1945.   15ft

This lovely old Rambler has been around a while, but we have included it in our Rambler section as we have had so many requests for it as it is considered to be one of the best of the repeat ramblers.

Most ramblers are only summer flowering, but this is one of the few that repeat well.

It produces large clusters of creamy white blooms with attractive yellow centres, plus quite a good perfume for a rambler.

Leathery glossy green foliage which has excellent disease resistance.

A very versatile rose as it can be grown up trees, is shade tolerant, can be grown on any aspect including a North wall and will cope with poor soils.

Won an American Rose Society Gold Medal in 1950

Bred by Tantau. Germany 1939-1945. There are some date differences of opinion regarding this rose.

DANCING QUEEN

(Rose Of The Week)

Climbing Rose

2004.   8ft-10ft

Large beautifully shaped blooms of bright pink with a continuous flowering habit.

It always seems to be in flower and the blooms keep coming right through until the autumn.

In our opinion one of the nicest climbing roses to arrive on the market for some while.

Plenty of large, dark green, semi glossy foliage with a good health record.

A very attractive rose with a good perfume.

A super rose to have either side of the front or back door.

Will grow on a South or North facing wall.

GOLD STANDARD AWARD WINNER 2006

DANCING QUEEN  (Fryfestoon)

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 Fryers Roses .UK.

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

OTHER ABBA RELATED ROSES

Mamma Mia,   Super Trouper.

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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Aug 05 • 2011 • Rose Newsblush noisette.noisetteclimbingfloribundahybrid teapatio rose

ROSE NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

NORTH AMERICA

BLUSH NOISETTE

200 Years Of Noisette Roses

The 200th Anniversary Celebration of the Noisette rose is to be held in the City of Orangeburg’s Edisto Memorial Gardens on August 20th, 2011. The event will take place in the Fine Arts Building, 649 Riverside Drive starting at 10:30 am.

This event will the highlight the only class of roses ever created in North America and specifically South Carolina. The Noisettes were created on a rice plantation just out of Charleston in 1811 by John Champney. By the friendship of Philippe Noisette, the rose traveled to Europe and played a significant role in what is now known as the “modern roses”.

August 20th. will be marked by speakers familiar with the Noisette rose. These speakers are known nationally and internationally for their work with the rose. Also, potted Noisette roses will be available for sale to the public. A garden tour will be held at the end of the talks.

There will be a keynote speaker that day. That speaker is Mrs. Peggy Clement of Charleston and a direct descendant of Philippe Noisette. Mrs. Clement will speak about her family’s history and have a two week exhibit in the Fine Arts Building. It is hoped that she will be able to bring relatives from France and Haiti when she comes on the 20th.

So, plan to attend this historical and interesting event.

This event is open to the public and free admission. For more information contact Jay Hiers 803-533-5870 or [email protected]

MME ALFRED CARRIERE

CREPUSCULE

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Over 1000 varieties to choose from

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