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Gareth99

I have 7 roses growing this year and the first one has bloomed. 'Golden Showers':


 


 I could stare at them all day. Love Roses.

How beautiful I feel the same, my scepter'd isle only planted April got 3 buds am v excited

I'm so tempted to buy a Scepter'd Isle RoseM. How much  space do you think I'd need and will it be good at the back of a border? Here are the first flowers on my 'Alan Titchmarsh' and loads of buds too. 


 

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David, we had all those when I lived in England. Now I'm worried about getting the climbers through customs when we get the ferry home. They are quite big and in flower. But DA do export to France.

 

 

 

Stunning. How do they get so many blooms on them? Are they just very established with lots of stems or several roses planted close together??

Salino

..this is something we have to be careful of when buying an Austin rose, as I have read that they often plant their shrub roses in groups of 3, but when we buy we tend to only get the 1 rose, and can be disappointed that we don't get the mass of flowers that we see in some photos...

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I havent yet been dissapointed with one, i think spirit of freedom (climbing) has been the one that was outstanding in terms of flowers and health

my st swithun often seems to have flowers that are too heavy for it's stems and they point downwards, also a few have balled, i understand it can happen in very wet weather but 1 has done it since it's been drier, the petals seem to be stuck together, has anyone any ideas please?

sorry tina, i've planted mine in the middle of a mixed border with hardy geraniums, salvia , i think it's only expected to reach 3 or 4 feet hiogh and a couple of feet wide, it's only been in a couple of months so by next year i'll have a better idea, go on , get it!

sorry again keep posting before i've finished, tina does alan smell as good as he looks?!!

Rose, that sounds perfect - I want one for the middle of a mixed border and am going to go for a climber for the back of it - will need to do a bit of reorganisation.  Love hardy geraniums too - great for under planting. Unfortunately Alan doesn't have a scent so that's a consideration for my new roses.

Beckie, I'll be looking at spirit of freedom now- depends on colour! I'm with Rose regarding the colour scheme. 

Wow Bekkie, what a beauty!  Another one for the list! 

Are you going to open this new rose garden to the public when it opens?
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PS. Hope I haven't started you lot off with another one for the wish list!

I wouldn't bet against it

Salino wrote (see)

..this is something we have to be careful of when buying an Austin rose, as I have read that they often plant their shrub roses in groups of 3, but when we buy we tend to only get the 1 rose, and can be disappointed that we don't get the mass of flowers that we see in some photos...

on their US website austin recommends ordering and close planting in threes which seems a bit much for most home gardeners

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NGLittleSeedlings

Wonderful thread, just been reading through it for the past 15mins!

I feel I should share some photo's of my roses, the first is Champagne Moment and the second is Wendy Cussons which seems to have blooms which keep getting bigger after opening!

 The third is 'Rhapsody in Blue' which doesn't have much of a perfume but looks lovely. I do have one more Rose but it hasn't bloomed yet!