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Busy-Lizzie

It smells lovely, but has lots of vicious thorns. I have three, was five, but the deer ate the others.

Salino

..lovely old Albertine.... too thorny for me nowadays..but a major rose in its day....a favourite of the late Queen Mother's...  nice to see it again David...if only for a few weeks....

KEF

I'm enjoying this thread, lovely roses everyone

Albertine has been around since 1921 I remember it well

KEF

This is the only rose I have, but I think I will need to remedy that at some point in the future.

Reminiscence, given to me by a dementia charity.


 

Salino

...not grown any of those that I can recall...but I'm sure they must have given you a lot of pleasure at the time.... here are a couple of my photos from the past...

'Malvern Hills'...an Austin rambler.... ignore any claims this only grows to 12 foot...in the ground it was rampant after 3 years...30 foot width and not stopping.... eventually it got a bit too much for me...which is a shame as it's quite spectacular when in full bloom...


 ..this next one, which I've posted on this forum before I think,  is a photo of a photo dating back to 1992 from my riverside garden in Cornwall... on shallow mucky white clay [like white china clay] overlying granite... almost impossible conditions...lol..

...old fashioned roses like these add such grace to a garden, something that's very important to me and difficult to find these days I think.... you can get large blooms...disease free roses, but not always grace...

...'Mme. Lauriol de Barny' ..'Alexandre Girault' ....


 

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Salino

KEF...that's very pretty...I do like roses that are reddish in bud but then flower yellow...and yours has a nice reddish edging too..

...never knew you were that old...?..lol

KEF

Thanks Salino. As David says your last two photos are beautiful.

 

KEF

David some really old names on your list. I have a book with "scribbled names" of what Dad grew, can't read them all it's faded a bit.

Bonsoir, Vienna charm, Fred Gibson, Ethal ? Sanday, Gavott, Gail Borden, Bonsoir, Rex Anderson, Izobel Ortiz, Evelyn Fison, are some listed

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Everyone has such lovely roses.  Rose heaven!

Looks like I'm going to have the usual unsuccessful start to the year with what's left of mine.  Thought I had blasted off most of the greenfly the last few weeks but the few buds coming up are all pretty much like this so far (see pic).

Hmm a few of my buds look very rain damaged too

Busy-Lizzie


 

My new William Shakespeare, in a pot on the terrace, came out just in time for my garden party.

 

Salino

..such rich colours...very nice indeed...good scent to go with it..I hope..?

...I think there is a William Shakespeare 2000... in what way it differs, or is supposed to be an improvement on the original...I don't know... perhaps that's the one you've got...

Busy-Lizzie

Smells lovely, a David Austin rose. I think it is 2000, same thing.


lawrence johnston- a single bloomer good here in reno-would probably be splendid in cooler weather. almost 30 yrs old and scandalously neglected for most of that time. was going to shovel prune it but massacred it instead-took out about 90%-the main canes were 6 in through-2 yrs later better than ever-a shattering rejuvenation that worked out 

Busy-Lizzie


 

That is very helpful, David. I have 2 Mme Alfred Carrière, planted around 1992 which have very old, thick, woody stems with most of the flowering on top. Any low shoots they made were eaten by deer, so I never dared remove the oldest stems. Now the main flower garden is deer fenced, since 3 years ago, and they are starting to make strong lower growth. Can I, next Feb/March cut off the old stems (more like trunks!) without upsetting the roses?

Photo is early March, before pruning, I did cut off most of one trunk. The other rose has fewer new stems.

 

 

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35C here today so lake tahoe beach today-when i was going to pull the rose i cut the main stems by half but then had 2nd thoughts. in late winter took them off completely. you might cut yours back and rub off any new growth on the old canes and then finish the job in march. the year after i did it the bloom on the remaining canes was incredible. looking at the lists of roses people have grown in the past made me think of ellen willmot, extremely rich edwardian lady who supposedly grew every rose then in cultivation. could it be done now or are there just too many?