Posted: 05/03/2017 at 10:58
Thanks Pete, l might wait until l see one in full bloom before l rule Falstaff out completely, or search for an alternative, that colour flower isn't very available though l think. I did buy a DA Jude the Obscure rose on her passionate recommendation. I've seen one in flower at a NGS open garden and liked it's flower form and lovely scent.
Verdun most of my roses l grow closer to the back of the border with clematis. I find it no problem to feed, mulch and water them well, and dead head with the aid of a few bits of small paving slab used as stepping stones in the border. I admit they are thorny, l once had to be rescued after getting my pony tail properly stuck, and not pretty in winter when they are just brown sticks. But to see my roses full of buds ready to bloom, and then the pleasure of the first bloom and the first sniff of their perfume is worth it to me.