Posted: 14/06/2016 at 13:55
I have bought bare root roses from DA in the past but shipping to Belgium makes them expensive. I have since found a rose grower in the Ardennes who comes to a local plant fair in spring and brings me DA roses in pots and planted by him. He advises me to keep them in the pot till autumn so they can develop their root systems undisturbed and to be ruthless about dead-heading to conserve energy. Having had a few that struggle even so because of hard winters or the competition I now pot them into bigger pots and keep them there for 2 summers.
I would advise you be patient and wait for autumn delivery of bare rooted roses. That'll give you time to prepare their new home well. When they do arrive, soak the roots overnight in a bucket of water and then plant them out and they will have the rest of autumn and all winter to concentrate on making a healthy roots system.
I find Gertrude quite prickly but the colour is a gorgeous clear pink and the perfume excellent so she's worth it. Munstead Wood is a good rose too but I did have to rescue mine from the border and pot it because it was getting swamped by all the other plants. Same with a Benjamin Britten and Geoff Hamilton and Graham Thomas. I have Falstaff, Generous Gardener, Queen of Sweden, Tess of the D'Urbevilles, Teasing Georgia, Jacqueline Dupré, Malvern Hills, Sceptr'd Isle, Crocus Rose, William Shakespeare and Constance Spry all doing well in the borders as well as Kiftsgate and a couple of ground cover roses which are not DA.
Last edited: 14 June 2016 13:58:38