Posted: 28/03/2016 at 23:02
Nearly all my roses are David Austin. I don't get much black spot except on Constance Spry and Zephirine Drouhin and the birds deal with aphids. What worries mine more is winter which can be long and wet and very cold.
Gertrude Jekyll, Sceptr'd Isle, Generous Gardener, Teasing Georgia, Queen of Sweden and Crocus Rose all do very well. Falstaff looks to be OK. William Shakespeare is a wuss and Malvern Hills doesn't like cold east winds. Who does?
Tess of the D'Urbevilles is happy since I moved her to a spot less prone to east winds. Hot Chocolate and Jaqueline Dupré are only a couple of years old so not yet tested. I've had to rescue Geoff Hamilton, Munstead Wood and Graham Thomas and keep them in pots in the greenhouse over winter to protect their roots and get them going again. Might just keep them in pots.
I like repeaters and perfume so don't do old roses.