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Your favourite pergola rose

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 20:52

Thanks Dove.  It looks a lovely rose.  I've looked at various websites where it's featured, but several of them mention it's prone to rain damage.  Unfortunately I don't live in a dry part of the country - like East Anglia!

Your favourite pergola rose

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 18:13

Last January I planted 4 David Austin roses at the base of my pergola.I was told that my choice of A Shropshire Lad was a good one to train as it is reasonably lax growing.  In reality, the stems are quite thick and not at all pliable - though the flowers were lovely.  Several of the stems are growing away from the trellis support and there is no way I will get them to bend towards it.  I don't think these plants are likely to cover the top of the pergola.  So I am planning to plant another rose that will eventually give me the look I'm wanting - a pergola festooned with blossom, and a joy to walk under!

Any suggestions?  Ideally it would be fragrant and repeat flowering, but I might have to compromise on this.  It needs to contrast or blend with the peach/apricot shade of Shropshire Lad, but could have flowers in clusters.

Any ideas gratefully received!   Happy.

garden centres vs garden nursery's

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 10:49


Don't dismiss garden centres out of hand.  I got 3 x Camelot Cream foxgloves for £18 from Homebase last May. They flowered profusely for 3 months (see pic above) and I believe they will flower again this year.  I have also had some half price end of season bargains from local garden centres - including Harlow Carr!  

Leaf Pruning - is there such a thing?

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 22:55

Dave, they are young plants, only got them as bareroots from David Austin just over a year ago, so is it still right to prune out the first year's growth?

Leaf Pruning - is there such a thing?

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 21:32

It's my roses again, only this time it's the leaves rather than the stems that I'm concerned about.    I have many of last year's dark green leaves still clinging onto my Wollerton Old Hall and Shropshire Lad climbing roses.  Lots of these leaves have brown and black patches/spots on them.  Should I remove them?  There are lots of new shoots sprouting on the old canes, - especially WOH.  Also some of the old leaves did drop off, but have left the central spine still clinging to the plant.  Should I remove those?  I know you are told to cut off the tatty old leaves of hellebores, but don't know if the same applies to roses.  I await the fruits of your combined knowledge!  

Wollerton Old Hall climbing roses

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 15:22

Thanks Fairygirl - I had guessed most people would be too busy in their gardens on such a beautiful day!  

Dove, so glad you said that they didn't look like suckers.  I was about to pass the death sentence on them because they had seven leaflets!  However, I've just examined some of last year's canes and am relieved to find they are sprouting seven leaflets at a time!  So do you think I don't need to do any more pruning of last year's canes?

Wollerton Old Hall climbing roses

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 22:22

I have 2 of these, planted just over a year ago, either side of a garden seat and against a fence with horizontal wires.  My idea was to train them to curve towards each other and eventually meet on the fence above the seat, so as to enjoy the perfume from all angles whilst having a coffee/sandwich/cake. Perhaps I was being a bit ambitious, but you have to try, don't you?  I am now frightened about getting the pruning wrong.   I know I have to get the canes as horizontal as possible, but what do I do about the ones that have grown out at right angles from the fence?  I've taken out the ones that are rubbing against each other, but don't know if I should trim anything else.  Also I think there may be some suckers on one.  I'm going to try and put up some photos, so you have a better idea!


Rose pruning

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 19:12

pruning roses

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 19:04

I was about to ask for help with pruning my one year old Wollerton Old Hall roses, when I found this thread.  Lots of helpful advice here, but I still have some questions.  What do I do about the stems that have grown out at right angles to the fence?  And how much should I prune from these roses that were planted as bare roots just over a year ago?  Each one produced between 7 and 10 canes.  I took some photos of them today intending to post them here, but am having problems uploading them to iPhoto.  

What now for my indoor hyacinths?

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 10:15

Yours look lovely Chicky.  Thanks for the tip about kebab sicks.  Mine grew a lot taller than yours and nose dived over the sides of the pot. I had to tie them up with garden twine, which rather spoiled the effect.

By the way, is it true that white ones are less fragrant than other colours?

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Yellowing leaves 
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A Shropshire Lad rose

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Guidelines please! 
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What are you planting in your pots and containers?

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