Posted: 07/02/2014 at 22:00
Paul's Scarlet is an old rose. Very good. Light scent. However usually it will only attain a height as a climber, to around 2.8 metres. Once established, it will produce an excellent crop of blooms. Despite often being refered to as a repeat flowerer. Additional production of blooms are usually much of a hit an miss.
A good strong grower and very reliable Red is. Alec's Red Clg. It retains it's HT size/shaped blooms. Highly scented, long lasting. Well worth growing.
A tip regarding, what many term as, 'Repeat flowering' In reality what actually takes place is. Once flowering begins, usually the blooms will last for quite some time under favourable conditions. The actual flowering period tends to be long drawn out. This is often mistaken as being repeat flowering. Many roses will very late in the year, produce further blooms. Even now. I have some blooms holding their own, even in the present wet conditions.
Buying from 'cheapy outlets' Certainly nothing wrong with it. In fact many of these outlets can prove to be a boon. Commercially rose growers are obviously looking at making a fast buck. It takes several years to produce a new rose. Finally it might not take off as well as expected. Production often comes to an early end. The specialist growers will keep a stock for many years, especially if the breeding line is a good sound investment. Hence many of the older roses seem to vanish, however often the cheapy outlets will step in and bridge the gap.
So it can be worthwhile to keep ones eyes open.
Hope this helps.