Thinking About Roses

IMG_1025Not finished after all, as the time available this afternoon wasn’t quite long enough for the Golfer to remake all the trellis, but at least this one section gives us a good idea of what the finished boundary will be like. Despite the blue sky and sunshine of the morning, by the time we got in garden in the afternoon it has clouded over considerably and the temperature had dropped sufficiently to begin to numb finger tips – but it is January!

IMG_1020On the other side of The Wall I got two coats of paint on the framework of the other amended boundary, and also spent some time lopping a ‘mile-a-minute’ escapee from our neighbour’s garden, something that needs to be done  several times during the year if we want to avoid it throttling things on our side of the fence. You won’t be able to tell from this picture, but I have now attached three restraining wires to the wall onto which climbing rose ‘Parkdirektor Riggers’ (planted in the back right corner of this hot border) will be tied, to encourage it to grow along the wall rather than soaring above it. This is by far and away the thorniest rose in the garden and a suit of armour will be required for the job to be done!

IMG_1021Whilst on the subject of roses I have come to the conclusion that the wall at the back of the blue and white border also needs a rose trained along it – a white, small flowered, continuously flowering rose (fragrant of course) – and the Trachelospermum asiaticum will be relocated. Any suggestions for the rose?

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8 Responses to Thinking About Roses

  1. Annette says:

    What about Alba Meidiland or Climbing Iceberg, both very healthy and vigorous.

  2. Chloris says:

    Your building work is coming on, I look forward to seeing it finished. Does the rose have to be white? Blush noisette repeats well and is very free flowering. It smells wonderful. Sanders white is lovely and starts flowering quite late but it does go on for some time. A really gorgeous white rose which flowers for ages is Susan Williams -Ellis. It is not a climber but perhaps could be encouraged to climb? I can’t think of a rose which flowers as long as this one.

    • Cathy says:

      Oooh, thanks, Chloris. Yes, needs to be white – blue ‘n white border and all that. I shall look at all of those suggestions – and I suppose if I had more than one it needn’t be a climber….

  3. Anna says:

    I wonder if you will be braving the elements today Cathy to do more painting – it’s cold out there! Unable to think of any further rose suggestions at the moment but have recently become smitten by ‘Susan Williams- Ellis’ as suggested by Chloris. Both Jessica at ‘Rusty Duck’ and Liz over at ‘Gwirrel’s Garden’ grow this rose and it seems to flower for a long period of time. May well be ordering her myself.

    • Cathy says:

      I have spent some time looking at my Peter Beales and David Austen catalogues to check up on people’s suggestions – so much choice and yet so hard to find the ‘perfect’ rose! SW-E does sound lovely, but not quite tall enough for this position

  4. wellywoman says:

    I hate numb fingers. When we first moved in we were digging out willow and lifting decking in February. It was snowing at the time and the garden looked like a bomb had hit it. It was hard to see what the garden would be like at that point. Sorry I can’t suggest a rose. But the advice in the David Austin catalogue is excellent. Hope you find the perfect plant.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks WW – I have DA’s catalogue and am now looking at Snow Goose as a possibility. Yes, I remember 2 years ago when I was taking up paths and cobbled areas in February and chipping off all the mortar – boy! was that cold then! Did you take pictures of the garden when when you first moved in?

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