On that note, what started as a warm November has meant that my Simply Beautiful rose - a cheeky little Ashridge number for Valentine's day, tragically bought by me… for me - budded up again and despite recent frosts the flowers opened to greet the month. All of this incredible...
I know that the subject of roses in their hedging and hip form came up in the last newsletter but arguably (and I may be on sticky ground here) every garden should have a rose or two in one of its incarnations. Even for those with a more modernist or...
Rosa rugosa makes a truly decorative hedge on its own or mixed with other hedge plants, especially if the plants are in the sun so that they flower well. Choose vibrant pink or purest white flowers for your summer interest and then enjoy the enormous orange gobstoppers of hips that...
Sombreuil climbing rose People always say that you give the presents that you actually want yourself but I am not sure that that is right because one of the best presents I have received were ten bare root roses from a complete non-gardener friend of mine who loathes roses because...
When should I plant bare-root roses?
Bareroot roses can last a long time and be incredibly good value as plants if cared for well. Plant bare-root varieties in late autumn to early spring. Never plant during a severe winter frost. It doesn’t really matter when you put containerised roses out, but plant them out as soon as you have purchased them.
Prune your apples and pears It’s time to prune apples and pears to ensure a good crop of fruit for the following year. The aim is to create a goblet type shape. Here's a video on how to prune your tree: Remove diseased and broken branches from trees and...
The highly scented and delicately coloured
hybrid tea rose 'Twice in a Blue Moon'
Roses are by far the favourite among flowering garden plants.
They have been cultivated for an astonishing 5,000 years, the earliest having been collected for decoration or scent from the wild.
But by the mid 19th century over a thousand different varieties were available. Today this figure is somewhere around 13,000!
They are our most adored garden plant and our image of the country garden would not be complete without them.
There are organic alternatives to rose pest and
disease control – including growing garlic!
Roses, apart from being beautiful are also probably the most loved flower in British gardens - and one of the most useful.
Rose petals are commonly harvested for use in cosmetics, dried for pot pourri, or added to jams, syrup or water for flavour. You can also crystallise them for use as cake decorations.
Rose hips contain more vitamin C gram-for-gram than oranges with even higher levels in the older heritage varieties. They can be used in jams, syrups and soups or just left on the plant as winter food for birds.