Six on Saturday: Coming Up Roses

Most of the roses here that are having a second flush seem to have done so later than usual, waiting till September to really get going again. ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’ is undoubtedly the star of this late showing, flowering perhaps even better than earlier in the year and proving to be a real trooper. There are two ladies actually, one on either side of the bench, but the lady on the left is not flowering quite as well.

She will make up for this relative inferiority when the adjacent crab apple ‘Evereste’ is fully ripe, making a glorious combination of apricot shades, still a few weeks away yet.

Under the clematis colonnade there is some colour in each of the four beds of roses, but not a lot, and the roses here are a little disappointing – I wanted low growing varieties and made the mistake of purely searching the David Austin website, which focuses on the more showy in-house English shrub roses and had a very limited selection of what I had in mind. The local insect population is not as fussy though, as you can see by this visitor to Rosa ‘Regensberg’:

I can’t fault David Austin for his Engish shrub Roses and have found space to squeeze in even more, which arrived today; neither can I fault the guarantee, having notified them of two non-performers that I bought nearly 3 years ago. Within minutes of my email, replacement plants were on order, with no grilling whatsoever on my rose care regime. They too have arrived, defoliated and ready for the winter, but I shall wait till we have some rain before I plant them out, and at least another month before I defoliate all my existing roses, a practice I have taken on board following a conversation with one of the David Austin team a few tears ago. By defoliating before the leaves drop, it reduces the chance of blackspot spreading from diseased leaves.

I suppose I shall run out of space for roses one of these days…

In the meantime, I have found additional pleasure in the discovery of Colchicum ‘Water Lily’ popping up out of the blue amongst couch grass and mock strawberry under the apple trees:

Even more exciting was the discovery today of a single bloom on my Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’, a long-awaited replacement for the original plant which flowered non-stop for three years before its eventual demise. I love this plant and it may only be a single flower, but it makes me so happy!

Jon the Propagator kindly hosts this Saturday meme so do check out his blog and others, who may or may not also be featuring things that make them happy.


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26 Responses to Six on Saturday: Coming Up Roses

  1. pbmgarden says:

    I love that Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’–very pretty. The roses look beautiful.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie – I must check back and see when the roses were reblooming last year, but I am fairly sure it was earlier than Septembee

  2. bcparkison says:

    I don’t have the right kind of roses …How…by the way do you defoliate? not by toxic chems I hope.

  3. Heyjude says:

    Goodness your roses are looking good. When do you cut them back then?

    • Cathy says:

      None of the others are flowering as well now, although Strawberry Hill has been flowering almost continuously. I prune early in the new year

  4. tonytomeo says:

    Gee, roses already?! I wait for winter, although they can start foliating almost immediately after defoliating here. I do not pluck the leaves, but merely rake them all away during the pruning process. Of course, the climate here happens to be ideal for roses, and less ideal for their pathogens.

    • Cathy says:

      Well no Tony, it’s not roses already, it’s their last hurrah. We get blackspot here in varying degrees

      • tonytomeo says:

        I mean the new arrivals. I would expect for them to arrive during bare root season.

        • Cathy says:

          Ah, well, here in the UK some roses are available in potted form all year round. The bare root season here won’t start till about November. I prefer potted roses partly because I don’t have to dig such a big hole!!

          • tonytomeo says:

            How contrary to how I procure them. I prefer bare root because it is inexpensive (and perhaps downright cheap), and I dig no hole at all. I just drop it into the slot behind a shovel that I insert into the soil, and then pull back on. I will not be purchasing any roses for a long time though, and may not ever do it again. I needed to dig up my mother’s rose garden, and all but one of the roses survived!

          • Cathy says:

            The potted ones are not very much more expensive (around £27 compared to £18 at David Austin). As they bare rooted ones are only available in our winter you certainly couldn’t just plant them the way you do as the soil wouln’t allow it! I remember you talking about replanting your Mum’s roses, even though you were not especially keen on the roses themselves

          • tonytomeo says:

            The soil would not allow it? I did not consider that. I suppose that in some climates, the soil is froze or under snow in winter. For us, winter is the best time to plant roses and deciduous fruit trees. I should have been more careful with my mother’s roses, but they are doing surprisingly well. Some or most will go to my niece’s garden this winter. There are not many that I want in my own garden, but I will not get rid of any that my niece does not take either.

          • Cathy says:

            Well, they wouldn’t send them out in frozen conditions, but the soil could still be less workable in winter

  5. Pauline says:

    Lady Emma Hamilton is certainly making a lovely statement in your garden at the moment, what a lovely rose indeed! A few of mine are still flowering but most have given up now.

  6. Anna says:

    Your Lady Emma Hamiltons are certainly flourishing Cathy. I will have to consider where mine is planted and perhaps move it or some of the plants around her as she isn’t happy and has not grown as much as I hoped 😭 You’ve had some excellent customer service from David Austin. Is that a pair of Princess Alexandra roses?

    • Cathy says:

      My Lady Ems are in a fairly sunny position and I suppose have no competition other than the crab apple – they have certainly been the most floriferous of all my roses this year. I nearly moved them, so they were together and not on either side of the bench, but am glad I didn’t! I do hope yours perks up – I have had mine three year, I think. Yes, those replacements were both Princess A of K

      • Anna says:

        Thanks Cathy 😄 I was wondering whether the other was a different variety but thought that you would have probably revealed the label if it was. My Lady Emma has just had it’s second summer. I think that not enough sun might be the problem – it’s back is against a wall too so not good for circulation and also a tall geranium phaeum planted too near. Some replanting is in order methinks.

        • Cathy says:

          Was yours bare root or potted? I do find the potted ones establish more quickly. I have two roses planned for against the wall and hadn’t considered the circulation issue…

  7. Cathy says:

    Freckles is pretty, as are all your roses. I hope that bench gets sat on occasionally to enjoy their scent! 😉

  8. Noelle M says:

    If that is not a sell that Lady Hamilton, I can’t think of a better way of persuading us all that our gardens need to have a space made for this delightful Shrub Rose.

  9. Brian Skeys says:

    I have had mixed success with DA Roses, although like you their customer service was excellent.
    I am trying a supplier new to me this autumn, Trevor White Roses.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh that’s interesting, Brian, as I tend to assume with their bare rooted ones that I am just too optimistic about the conditions of the place where they are planted, and haven’t considered that it might be the roses themselves. What are your experiences then? I will have a look at Trevor White Roses

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