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BadgerFace

Good year for the Roses

Félicité et Perpétue in it's second year (and it smells nice too !)



Bazzer

Beautiful.
kaz

I can imagine the scent from here
I must admit that I have never been tempted to grow roses but can admire them in other peoples gardens.
chickenstu

What a good year for the roses - many blooms still linger there.

Ours are the best they have ever been- in fact all plants seem to be doing really well
sheffy

Our climbing roses in particular have been truly beautiful this year. The weather must have been just right for them
Woodsmoke

They're beautiful!  

We have real trouble getting roses to grow here. Must be the PH or something?   It's a real shame as I really like them
J20

Woodsmoke wrote:
They're beautiful!  

We have real trouble getting roses to grow here. Must be the PH or something


WE!!!!   I had 3 different climbing roses starting too shoot, back at the begining of June, had being the operative word, until your loveable I eat anything dog decided that she was going to pull them up eat them  

I will try again next year, providing I can keep the Purdy away from them  
avvy

about 15 years ago our dog ate one of my climbers every thing of it but a 2foot length of the the main stem/I stuck it back in the ground and it grew and is still a very vigourus grower and flowerer
J20

avvy wrote:
about 15 years ago our dog ate one of my climbers every thing of it but a 2foot length of the the main stem/I stuck it back in the ground and it grew and is still a very vigourus grower and flowerer


Unfortunately the leftover roses was just a wee bit of stem and thats it, the rest of the roses were completely eaten!
Paul N

I love, no, am obsessed, with roses and read everything I can on the subject. With over 54 varieties in the garden not counting the Rosa canina in the hedges, I still intend to buy or propogate more. As the first ones begin to flower about April and the last ones in September/October, there's always a few in flower.

I've tried and failed in the past to raise roses from cuttings but after looking at some advice on YouTube from American cultivators, I'm going to try it their way. The first batch of six cuttings have been in water since 25 September with no signs of roots yet. The next batch taken last week are standing in a concoction made from boiling willow branches. This extracts Indolebutryric Acid, a growth hormone, and one of the active ingredients in shop bought rooting products. Fingers crossed.

Yes it has been a good year for roses but then I've dug in 22 wheelbarrowloads of well rotted horse muck, so they should thrive. A bad year for black spot so I intend to spray regularly next year.
Paul N

Here are some of our 54-ish varieties.

http://s190.photobucket.com/album...amore/Garden%20-%20Summer%202011/

Many of the roses in our new rose garden were transplanted from elsewhere in the garden. Some I chose as they had the names of our children - Lucy, Polly, Pretty Polly, Edward's Rose. and a recent addition has the name of our new grandson, Freddie (Mercury). Some were orphans given to me by other gardeners, and some gifts from friends. I've grown eight Rosa rugosa from a rose hip and they flowered for the first time this year, and one from a hip collected in the Rockies on Colorado and brought back to the UK. This has yet to flower and roses don't always come true to type from seeds.

A few roses were given to me without a name so I was pleased to positively ID one last week as 'Doris Tysterman'.

There's a group of enthusiasts in the US called the Texas Rose Rustlers who travel round to abandoned cemeteries and farmsteads taking cuttings of very old and forgotten rose bushes and growing them on. Many of these were planted by settlers back on the early 1800s. A fascinating subject.

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