Sunday, November 30

Some things are rosy

In an earlier post I mentioned that I wanted some climbing roses and was trying to decide which varieties to choose.

As it is time to order bare rooted plants and I wanted to place an order before the varieties that I wanted were snapped up and became out if stock I decided to order just the three, one for the white and blue border and a couple for what I hope with become a bed of hot colours.

I took a bit of a risk. I'd browsed the Internet for ages and visited all the well known rose suppliers. After various mind changing, I decided which roses I wanted but was having a problem sourcing all three from the same supplier. Then a company called Eastcroft Roses came up. They had all three varieties at a reasonable price. So last Saturday I placed my order and on Wednesday my parcel arrived.
On opening the parcel I was relieved to find three strong looking specimens.
Also included in the package were a set of planting and growing instructions and a packet of that magical substance that many gardeners nowadays seem to swear by - mycorrhizal fungi.

Of course it would be too much to expect the weather to play along and provide some good planting conditions so the plants have been heeled in temporarily so they don't dry out until we can get onto the beds and plant them in their permanent homes.
So which varieties did I choose? In the end I decided against a cream rose for the white and blue border and went for a white one - White Star. I chose the yellow variety Chris and the red Etoile de Hollande.

Once we have erected a new bit of fencing in the cold frame courtyard area I'll choose a couple more. I want single flowered roses for this area and at the moment think Meg will be one but I haven't decided on the second one. The trouble is that by the time we are ready the bare rooted season will be over and buying container grown rises will no doubt be more expensive as will postage so I may have to see what local garden centres have on offer first.


12 comments:

  1. Good luck with the new roses.

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  2. Yeah...good luck to your plants..

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  3. Hope the roses thrive. I noticed yesterday that a couple of our smaller rose bushes have produced some new small flowers. Amazing.

    Jean x

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    1. We still have a couple of flowers on out rises too Jean

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  4. Oh....I do love your choices, especially white star, what a heavenly looking rose that is. I shall look forward to seeing them grow.xxx

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    1. It should live happily alongside White Clod that us already planted, Dina

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  5. It's a treat to choose new plants isn't it, to read up about all the different varieties and see which ones you fancy. I'll be interested to see which other two you choose, and to see how they all do.

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    1. I think I'm settled on Meg CJ and am leaning towards Rambling Rosie

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  6. So you have decided about the roses and they are already in the soil. You made a nice choice. I do not know about Chris, but the picture is wonderful. Etoile de Hollande is a gem, in my garden there is still one beautiful red flower blooming.

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    1. Your comment convinced me about Etoile, Janneke

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