Posted: 17/06/2014 at 08:22
Today star is a rose. Not even growing in my garden really(well the roots aren't).
Many years ago I planted some Rosa filipes seed. From this I raised three plants. Along came the Michael Fishes hurricane, which decimated the prewar orchard next door. We cleared a lot of the debris with chain saw and bonfires, , but there was a huge open bit. In It I planted the three seedlings, in a triangle 2 metre apart. Gradually the wild wood took over,a seedling cherry went up to 50 feet, and the rose chased after it. One of the seedlings flowers a week later than the other two, it has pale pink buds, opening to a larger flower than the type. I took hardwood cuttings and planted one next to a hawthorn.... and now it covers the hawthorn, is up the cherry, is threatening the Magnolia grandiflora Exmouth, and looks gorgeous. The largest Rose in Britain is running up a beech at Kiftsgate, but I bet mine is the largest in Town.
The rose over the hawthorn next to the house.
Through the magnolia
View from the bedroom window.