Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Everything is coming up roses!

I spent today planting new roses into the sticky muck that is an excuse for soil in our town garden. Never have I required a crowbar to plant roses - until today! There is big rain due in the next few days so hopefully the roses will be happy. If they survive the soil conditions, they should resemble these:
Most of these are David Austin's (my favourites). From top to bottom, left to right: 'Lichfield Angel', 'The Endeavour', 'Jude the Obscure', 'Triple Treat', 'Summer Song', 'Strawberry Hill', 'Darcey Bussell', 'Jane McGrath Rose', 'Heidesommer'.


I still need to choose a couple of climbing roses, so if you have a favourite, please suggest it to me.

17 comments:

  1. Here in Georgia, USA I love the "Don Juan" climbing variety. It's a super hardy intense red climber. I mean SUPER HARDY, I've transplanted several times and he comes up like a trooper and smells amazing.

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  2. The Jane McGrath is a beauty and love Jude the obscure, it reminds me of Julias rose. David Austens are my all time favourites.

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  3. Ohhh wow I've bought Strawberry Hill. I saw this rose in a tree nursery this summer. The rose was in my head for two days and when I came back to the tree nursery somebody was quicker.

    And You bought Heidesommer, let me explain: the name Heide meens heath, it is a plant and even a region in the northern part of Germany a little bit south of Hamburg, where these plant cover all the hills and it coud be a female name in Germany,and it is a name of a city in Germany, well and Sommer is summer. If You want to see this beautiful region than You have to google for Heide and choose only the pictures. And the rose is from a breeder called Kordes which is not far away from my home.

    Have fun with Your roses

    Heike

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  4. Beautiful roses! I love roses as well. We have the Strawberry Hill and it's just a gorgeous shade. It looks like it's trying to be a climbing rose the way it's growing!

    As to other climbing roses, in our old house we had a Charles de Mille which is an old rose so blooms only once. We are still trying to find one for our current house.

    Good luck with the roses.

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  5. I am excited for you! Let's see there is so many climbers in my garden! Social Climber...smells divine. Fourth of July, Zepherine Drouhin, William Baffin, John Cabot, Topaz Jewel, New Dawn..of course! I can't even remember all of them! My favorites are all the David Austin too. Have fun with your planting!

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  6. Thanks for posting on my blog! I wrote you a reply over there. Your blog is lovely! I have Jude the Obscure. In my climate (Southern California), he actually grows like a climber!

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  7. I have two favourite climbing roses, Albertine, a pale peach, and Lamarque which is white and cabbage-y looking. Both are old roses so only once flowering although Lamarque may give you a few flowers in autumn. But both are extremely vigorous, healthy and more black spot resistant.

    Your selection of roses is beautiful as well. I love those varying shades of pinks and buff.

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  8. I left a bueatiful rose garden behind when we moved last year...we have a luvly peachy-apricoty-cream climber at our current home...its just luvly!

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  9. I left a bueatiful rose garden behind when we moved last year...we have a luvly peachy-apricoty-cream climber at our current home...its just luvly!

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  10. I love "Climbing Pinkie" - small growing, thornless, fragrant & repeat flowering - can't ask for more!

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  11. Hi there, I saw a beautiful pale 'tea-stained yellow' rose at the Berry open Gardens last year, and bought one to climb over our picket fence. It's called "Crepuscule" - the yellows range from pale right through to nearly apricot.
    It sure makes a splendid display!
    Blessings,

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  12. Hi there, I saw a beautiful pale 'tea-stained yellow' rose at the Berry open Gardens last year, and bought one to climb over our picket fence. It's called "Crepuscule" - the yellows range from pale right through to nearly apricot.
    It sure makes a splendid display!
    Blessings,

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  13. Papa Meilland is an old rose (creeper), beautiful full cup of flower, very heady fragrance, reputedly one of the best, rich rich velvety colour...definitely worth considering. Love my roses too...i hope the soils of your town allow you to grow them. Gypsum is good to break down clay and adds calcium. Also lots of broken down matter will help...have fun :)

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  14. Am glad to see someone else purchased Jude the Obscure...I adore the title...apart from the cute shape and color.
    I bought blackboy as a climber this year. Also Pierre de Rossard
    I got great deals from Garden Express
    http://www.gardenexpress.com.au/climbing-roses/
    They were very inexpensive.
    The best I have ever had is Ophelia and I found it listed as a Heritage Rose here
    http://www.swissrosegarden.com/d391/ophelia
    in WA and they did not answer my query. Another site lists it as an old hybrid tea rose.
    It is glorious and always the first and last to flower. I have just picked the last rose a week ago and today picked the first two new spring Rosebuds.

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  15. Another lovely one I have seen but not purchased yet is Rambling Rector. Great for a big space like a porch.

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  16. Climbing rose suggestion 'Colette'. Your photo montage of your roses is beautiful. What editing software do you use.

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