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09/11/2012 at 19:12


I've been reading the Diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner, she was a keen gardner as well as an author.  Among a number of roses in her garden she mentions one called 'Zéphirine Drouhin'.  I confess I'm very taken with the name, (a ridiculous reason to lead one to consider a plant I know, but I'm quite shallow) and she mentions it is very fragrant, (a good reason to consider a plant!)  I've read a little about it by doing an internet search but I was wondering does anyone have any experience of growing it?  Particularly I would like to know if it is prone to disease as the rose I want it to replace has suffered quite badly with blackspot and greenfly and I would like to have something more disease resistant.

09/11/2012 at 19:59

Gorgeous rose, absolutely beautiful, amazing perfume - it is no more disease resistant than most other roses, but if you can tolerate just a little imperfection then grow it - it is one of the most wonderful roses there is.

09/11/2012 at 20:20

Yes it is a lovely name and it matches a lovely rose.  Beautiful showy pink, and the fragrancy of the flower is great.  Plant this rose and look forward to next summer and the new (to you) flowers.  Another absolutely beautiful rose is one called Nostalgia - cherry red with creamy middle - so, so pretty and eye catching and the scent is of a real old fashioned rose, it is very easy going and well worth growing.  Enjoythe anticipation for next Summer.

09/11/2012 at 20:20
Yes it's a lovely rosebud it won't grow (and neither will any other ros??) where there has already been a ros?? growing. If ou want to site your new one where you were previously growing another one even if hat one was completely healthy, you will either have to change the soil completely or a good tip is to plant the new ros?? in a cardboard wine box (easily obtained from supermarkets) with fresh soil and then plant this whole thing. By the time the cardboard has rotted away, the surrounding soil should not be affecting the new ros??.
09/11/2012 at 21:38

I have had a Zephryn Drouhin climbing rose for the past 15 years it is a beautiful fragrant rose and another of its attributes is it is a thornless rose. The only thing I have found is it is susceptible to mildew but with systemic fungicide I have overcome this problem- well almost, but it wouldn't stop me having another if I llst this one.  Flowers from early June until Christmas and I live in the West Riding of Yorkshire.  A truly wonderful rose

10/11/2012 at 07:45

Sorry, the link I posted was faulty, hopefully this will work

lots of information there about this lovely rose.

11/11/2012 at 20:30

Thank you all for the advice and comments.  I have dug out the soil where the previous rose has been growing and will now replace it with new soil along with new rose which I have now  decided will definitely be Zéphirine Drouhin.

11/11/2012 at 20:47

That's lovely.  I wish I had a spare spot for a climing rose!

11/11/2012 at 22:07

Hope you like it as much as we do, I am sure you will and I hope it gives you as much pleasure as it has given me

03/06/2015 at 22:49

Can someone please tell me just WHO the famous Zephirine Drouhin was? Yes, I have the rose and yes it is totally wonderful, exquisite fragrance, and really good climber, in the right conditions.  Incidentally, I have moved mine 3 times in 5 years and it is doing well this year in its new place.  Couldn't be without it

03/06/2015 at 23:38

..Mme. Zéphyrine Drouhin wasn't famous... she was the wife of a horticulturalist/gardener in a little town called Semur, in eastern France.... a Catholic priest, Father Drouhin, who was also a relative, asked the breeder to name the rose after her...

...the surname has sometimes been spelt 'Drouot'...

..after its introduction it was initially known in England as Mme. Gustav Bonnet, ... in Switzerland it was known as 'Charles Bonnet'... it Italy as 'Ingegnoli Prediletta'... but by the early 1900's it became universally known as 'Zephirine Drouhin'...


05/08/2015 at 16:46

Does anyone know, could I grow this in a large pot, up a wall trellis?

05/08/2015 at 20:34

LL.   yes of course you can.   Large pot, feed it properly and keep well watered.  My neighbour has all her Roses in large pots and they are fantastic.  Had one years ago when I had small children.  Thornless.  Lovely deep pink/carmine colour. 

09/08/2015 at 12:09

Many thanks Runnybeak. I am off to the Southport flower show later this month and will hopefully buy the rose there. I have a clematis in the pot I intend to use for the rose, but after 5 years I am losing patience with it's performance so out it comes to be replaced by the rose.

09/08/2015 at 12:55

LL.  I hope you find your rose at the show and enjoy your day.   That's my motto now 'if it doesn't perform, I'm not waiting and cajoling, out it comes'. 

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