Posted: 13/01/2015 at 11:55
I have several DA roses and some do better than others in my somewhat exposed garden with long, wet winters that can also turn bitterly cold and dry for 2 to 3 weeks at a time.
My newest, Jacqueline du Pré has yet to experience a real winter as last year's was very mild so her hardiness remains to be established but Gertrude Jekyll, Sceptr'd Isle, Generous Gardener, Constance Spry, Queen of Sweden, Teasing Georgia and Crocus Rose all do well.
William Shakespeare is a wuss but did well this summer cos he wasn't frazzled by a normal winter. Benjamin Britten always seems in two minds about thriving or struggling. Molyneux and Grace curled up their toes in a -25C winter as did one of my Malvern Hills, a New Dawn and a Guinée but they had been bashed by a -32C the year before.
Tess of the D'Urbevilles had to be moved so I could take down her trellis panel and let a mini bulldozer pass and she positively thrived in her year in a pot against a south facing wall. It remains to be see how she'll cope now she's been moved to a sligtly less exposed position than before. Geoff Hamilton was being swamped by a creeping juniper and Munstead Wood, new last year, didn't do well so they are in pots in the greenhouse to recover and shelter and I'll find them somewhere better later this spring or just nurture them in big pots against that south facing wall.
I don't see the point of a rose with no perfume.