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08/01/2012 at 17:11

Please could anyone advise me if there is a rose called Martin. I've tried to find one through web sites and garden centres but so far drawn a blank.  I'd like to buy one for the garden to commemorate my husband's 60th birthday.  If there iosn't one his middle name is Terence, any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks for your help.

12/01/2012 at 20:51

Sorry, the only rose i can find is Martin Frobisher on the david austin site, could you perhaps settle for a birthday or anniversary rose?

16/01/2012 at 15:57

Thank you very much, good idea.

18/01/2012 at 22:52

There is one in France called Martin des Senteurs . It is a lovely rose with a very strong fragrance.  It is availale from Jacques Briant but I don't know if they will send to England.  Their web site www.jacques-briant.com

I grow roses with the same name as members of the family too.  You can't always put the plants together as you can get very clashing colours.  I have yet to find a Patricia or a Stephanie though.

17/04/2012 at 18:41

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/rhsplantfinder/plantfinder2.asp?crit=Martin&Genus=Rosa

Surely you've looked here, the RHS Plant Searcher? There are three 'Martins' listed and many more plants with that name. The roses are 'Henri Martin', 'Martin Frobisher' and 'Rémy Martin'.

12/07/2012 at 22:04

sorry havnt got a clue? not my thing although i would love to have them especaily the climbers and the scent at though moment i have window sills full of fruit veg flowers in different stages of growth as i live in a council flat they have errected scaffolding in march and trampled my veg garden and no work has comenced so i am stuck with all my nursery plants that are nearly fully grown up now its so sad.

12/07/2012 at 22:47

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13/07/2012 at 01:59

My girlfriend recently bought a birthday present for her mum,online at Argos. The present was  some Rose seeds and instructions and forms to certify the rose with a name of your choice!!? Pretty damn cool,thinking about checking it out myself.

13/07/2012 at 09:02

Cool? No, not at all. This is clearly a rip off. You could simply take a rose hip from any cultivated rose, extract the seeds, dry them on the windowsill, stratify by placing in a plastic bag in dry sand and placing in the fridge for a month, then sow the seeds and place back on the window sill. In a few months you may well have a whole bunch of seedlings. When large enough, sow these in pots. In a couple of years, you will have a number of small flowering plants, almost all of which will be different from each other, and different from their parent rose. You could then make up any name you choose, a bit like naming your dog or cat. If that makes you happy, so be it, but you won't need any fake certificate. These will be your own unique roses which may or may not be worth keeping.

13/07/2012 at 09:14

The present from Argos is intended to be that - a present. Some people think that a present should be something special, and not something home-made, that you've aquired on the cheap. So there is something to be said for having a fancy certificate, even if it has little real authority. You could say that growing your own rose, and having a nice plant to give the recipient, in a few years time, showed how much you care. I'm not convinced of that.

There seem to be several grow-and-name-your-own-rose packages on the market. Amazon are offering at least two. The customer reviews are remarkably polarised. Some customers were delighted and thought the products were wonderful. Others quite the reverse, often because the seeds didn't germinate, or weeds came up; what's new.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B000G15WB0/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B0011E1PBM/ref=sr_1_3_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

13/07/2012 at 10:03

Gary

Last week I gave a visitor a rose I grew from a cutting last autumn and which is just coming into flower, 'Champagne Moment'. It cost me nothing except for a little TLC and as a gift mean't more to both of us than a packet of seeds bought from Argus.

I am now growing more and more roses from cuttings taken from my favourite roses especially as the recipients really appreciate them.

The roses-from-cuttings are not ON THE CHEAP any more than a homemade cake is 'on the cheap'.  I know my wife's cakes beat anything shop bought.

 

13/07/2012 at 10:10

Reading your Amazon links Gary, I have grown roses from seed, the most successful being Rosa rugosa rubra when eight small rose seedlings were produced. Neither was there the very long wait as they flowered within three or so years.

In 2006 I rode a motorcycle on a solo trip 17,000 miles across the US and when in Ouray, Colorado, spotted a very unusual rose. I took a hip and on my return to the UK, stratified it and grew the seed on. Just one seedling was produced and after two or three years the Rosa foetida bicolor 'Austrian Copper' has still to flower for the first time even though she's got a lot of healthy growth.  

14/07/2012 at 02:20

Fair enough,fair comments. Was just passing on an opinion for a present. I too actually cultivated a wild rose from down a ginnel near my home. I took two young branches (not affecting the main rose structure),prepared them and struck them into abig 15" pot last year. I am ecstatic to say ive just had flowers on this spring/summer.

SUCCESS, i just need to identify it now!

I'm outta this conversation now,take it easy y'all and nice one for the interesting responses.

14/07/2012 at 14:15

What's a ginnel please?

 

14/07/2012 at 14:17

OK, I looked it up, a Northern word for an ALLEY.

14/07/2012 at 14:27
Was that a ginnel or a snicket Dreadmeister??
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