So many of these rose names are frankly naff, but One in a Million rather lives up to its name because it deftly encapsulates the best of old fashioned beautiful scented flowers in a velvety colour with the longevity and disease resistance of modern roses. The flowers are a magnificent ten to fifteen cm wide which, in the context of a spray rose where you have many flowers at the end of each stem, means that each stem almost constitutes a bridal bouquet in its own right. Every flower is the richest red with at least twenty five petals enveloping the stamens contained within and will last about ten days on the stem. Unlike many modern roses, One in a Million is deeply perfumed so that you will want to bury your nose in its petals, while its leaves are an interesting red-green and valuable in their own right. Although not a tall rose, One in a Million can grow to over a metre so if you are restricted on space have a look at Precious Love, or a red rose suitable for a pot, we also have several patio roses like Sweet Wishes.
One in a Million's size makes it an adaptable rose for many situations. The roses are generous enough in size and quantity for it to be included in a Cutting Garden, and are bold enough for it to be used as a mass planting rose in a bedding scheme. But for our money, roses look most memorable when incorporated into a mass of our other wonderful flowers and at just over a metre, One in a Million can be underplanted with hardy geraniums, Viola cornuta or Campanulas like C. lactiflora 'Prichard's Variety'. Not only do these add to the picture aesthetically but having plants underneath roses like this means that if you have any fungal spores lurking in the soil, they will splash onto the protective underplanted specimens, not onto your roses - a bonus for all organic gardeners who cannot reach out for a spray every time they see any blackspot. Having said which, One in a Million has been bred to be disease and mildew resistant but with the way that our cool and wet summers are turning out, it would be extraordinary if all diseases like this could be eradicated.
Roses are certainly there to be admired in the garden but why not use those petals for some good purpose, rather than let them become a browning mass to be swept up? Collect some perfect One in a Million petals and brush them with an egg wash made with the egg white, a little water and a tiny bit of salt on both sides of the petal. Place the petal on a layer of castor sugar and sprinkle lots more over the petals. Then lift each petal up with tweezers, and shake off any excess sugar before drying them on a piece of baking parchment overnight.