Time for bare root roses

My-favourite-roseThis is one tough and beautiful rose which I bought from Peter Beales Roses when I returned to Norfolk 10 years ago. I think it might be my favourite rose. It is Rosa Anemone, a Hybrid Laevigata. From June onwards it has large, single silver-pink flowers and according to the catalogue has ‘a touch of mauve giving it a vaguely oriental look’. It is quite a thorny rose, but as each open flower is so charming and delicate it’s worth putting up with a few prickles, plus, the single blooms are very popular with bees and other insects.

You can place an order for bare root roses throughout the year, but the rose growers start digging them up and despatching them from this month until March. I like to buy bare root roses because I’ve always received roses with a much better root system than those grown as container specimens. But the main reason I buy bare root from a specialist grower is you get an enormous and varied selection to choose from.

pink rose and pink clematis
Classic plant combination, roses and clematis.
Rosa Mme. Isaac Pereire and Clematis Proteus.

Having recently taken down an overgrown peach tree I’m looking for a small climbing rose, pale to mid-pink that will cope with poor, stony soil and tolerate a little shade. Haven’t made my mind up yet, but it’s always important to remember what else will be flowering near it at the same time. These pink Shirley poppies were out in late June this year so a handful of seeds in the vicinity of a new rose just might be a combination to work towards.

shirley poppy
Shirley poppies
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A Tale of Two Roses

Last-years-gloryWell, that’s very disappointing. My once magnificent rose that showered down from one end of the pergola has just keeled over and died in the last month. I shall wait until the autumn before I undertake the post-mortem, but digging around the roots may still not yield any answers to this total plant failure.

dead rose rosa Debutante
This is what I’ve got this year an unsightly muddle of the dead rose, rosa Debutante.
Rosa Debutante
This is what I should be getting in July, but not this year.

It is rather unsightly, but its structure is supporting a clematis so I won’t be able to cut it down until the end of the season.

Pergola-thin copy

However, on a brighter note, a couple of hardwood cuttings I took from another rose, rosa Souvenir du Docteur Jamain, are finally robust enough to start flowering. I had to leave the original plant in my garden when I moved back to East Anglia from Devon. I guess on this occasion you could say you win some you lose some.

rosa Souvenir du Docteur Jamain
Intense and fragrant the rich, very dark red rose, rosa Souvenir du Docteur Jamain.