I love roses. I really, really love roses.
I have 15 varieties in the garden now, not all are for cutting but it’s becoming a passion.
Guinee is the first to flower, she’s an old fashioned rambler and deeply musky perfumed. This plant grew from a tiny 30cm stick 2 years ago to covering our entire back shed and chook house this spring:
Lorain Lee, an Australian breed, not that strongly scented but a most vibrant pink wasn’t far behind. I’ve planted Guinee and Lorain next to each other for a fabulous clash. But Lorain hasn’t been quite as vigorous as Guinee!
Then there’s the Iceburgs. Mine are blighted by thrips and these tiny black beetles which I have yet to work out what they are. White flowers are hard work. But the front garden of white standards is just lovely in full bloom.
Pierre de Ronsard, another climber is just heavenly. Mine is struggling in this spot, not to mention struggling from a whipper snipper cut from the husband (shakes fist). Bless him he did patch it up beautifully though.
Bonica is a much smaller blooms than I expected but we will see how she goes next year. She’s a lovely colour and has an old fashioned look about her.
By far my favourite of the hybrid teas, Honey Dijon. The colour. The scent. The stem length. Did I mention the colour?!
Childs Love is almost Neon pink and smells fantastic. Flowers dont seem to last very long off the bush though and the thorns!! Yikes!
Blue moon… Not so impressed so far. I was after as close to silver as possible and she is very, very lilac so far and has not been prolific at all. I’ll give her another year to see how she goes.
Hot chocolate. Hmmm, those who follow me on Instagram will know about this one. The picture and description were very much looking like a wonderful chocolate colour. Mine is ORANGE. Very orange. I don’t really like orange. hmmm..
Albertine. This is the only rose bush which I use ‘he’ for. I guess because of its name! The colour is sublime apricot fading through pink. It only flowers once a year, is prickly as hell but in the space fo 3 years completely covered a very ugly fence in our front garden.
Then the David Austins. My new David Austin is Tea Clipper and is a star performer! The colour is heavenly, travelling from apricot to peach to pale pink. Stunningly large blooms and beautifully full.
Lichfield Angel. This is an older plant I had which I moved into my *rose bed* (eee!) Its a really hardy strong plant but again the white/cream blooms are so susceptible to pests. The flowers are gorgeous when they’re not browning off from thrips and beetles.
Heritage. The first year I had this plant was amazing. The most perfect baby pink and a gorgeous rose scent. Since I’ve moved it twice… it doesn’t seem to like me so much. I’m hoping in a few more years it will properly settle and start giving me those huge ruffly blooms again.
William Morris. A DA climber, the flowers are small but so beautiful. Like a lot of climbers its thorny and it hasn’t been as vigorous in covering another fence as I hoped…