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Rose blooms

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 21:07


Just to give you an alternative opinion here... Firstly it would be next to impossible to over water a rose in a pot at this time of year.  

The droopy tendency you see at the moment is typical of many Austin roses, in that the large flower is simply too heavy for the stem that's holding it, so they bend downwards under the weight.   The rose you have is a very vigorous one - Austin's describe it as 'rampant', so it will grow very big and tall, then you will see the rose to advantage as the flowers will look down at you or be at nose height.  The floppy stems will also get sturdier as the rose ages...To be honest it would be better off in the ground eventually.

At the moment you say it's only 18 inches, so you must be patient.

The browning on the outside is another common theme with some of these roses - they fry in the heat and discolour quickly, and it's been very hot... some buds are liable to go brown and crisp on the outside... nothing to worry about, most of them look better in cooler conditions..

Rose Identification Please

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 10:50

Thanks for the extra photos which confirms it for me. Pink Grootendoorst I would say, I think F.J. is darker.

I wouldn't take too much notice of what it says on the Beales website.

Rose Identification Please

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 19:54

I'd prefer to see a close up of the leaves and buds as well, but I think your rose is one of the Grootendoorsts.... either 'F.J. Grootendoorst' or 'Pink Grootendoorst'... probably the latter...   it's a Rugosa type...

Zéphirine Drouhin

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 23:38

..Mme. Zéphyrine Drouhin wasn't famous... she was the wife of a horticulturalist/gardener in a little town called Semur, in eastern France.... a Catholic priest, Father Drouhin, who was also a relative, asked the breeder to name the rose after her...

...the surname has sometimes been spelt 'Drouot'...

..after its introduction it was initially known in England as Mme. Gustav Bonnet, ... in Switzerland it was known as 'Charles Bonnet'... it Italy as 'Ingegnoli Prediletta'... but by the early 1900's it became universally known as 'Zephirine Drouhin'...


What are these two rockery plants called ?

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 00:04

I think your 2nd plant is Silene uniflora 'Druett's variegated'... it should produce white flowers very shortly.   Plant in full sun...

Birthday Wish

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 14:06

..I can give you two, a yellow and a pink...

'Golden Showers'.... this is upright and not too many thorns... It flowers continuously.

'Mortimer Sackler'.  likewise, and pretty in pink...'s best, if you can, to give a rose some support, even if only a pressure treated wooden pole concreted into the ground, so you can tie the rose to it... or an obelisk... otherwise you can prune off any wayward growing shoots that venture outwards too much... and train it that way.... however, with Golden Showers especially, I've grown it freestanding and it doesn't spread much beyond 5 foot by 8 or 10 foot tall.... it's a bit slow to start though.

'Mortimer Sackler' is quicker and mine is very upright although has an obelisk to help it....

best wishes,...

help me choose a rose. white blooms, climbing, partial shade

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 21:58


..for that size I would say you ought to be looking at larger growing shrub roses that can be used as short climbers, or the shorter climbers/ramblers... here are a few you might like to think about..

'Snow Goose' a white repeat flowering rambler.... supposedly slow to start but people seem to like it well enough when it gets going...

'Claire Austin'... one that's already been mentioned... this shrub can be used as a short climber...makes a good show from what I gather..

'climbing Sombreuil'.... a gorgeous old rose that repeats well... about 12 foot.

'Crème de la Creme'... a repeat flowering scented white climber to 10 foot or so..

..some of the hybrid musks would also suit your purposes, like 'Prosperity' 'Pax' or 'Moonlight'....

...another called 'Kew Gardens' is a single flowered white, which starts off lemon yellow but quickly fades to white.... 6 x 5 foot...continuous flowering and vigorous.... not far short of evergreen and totally thornless..

'Snowdon'... not one I've grown but it always sounds rather nice...although repeat flowering can be spasmodic apparently...

'climbing Iceberg'.... can be kept to the height you require although it does want to get a lot bigger... especially width wise...

...I know of one rose that fits your requirements exactly except for one thing..height..  if you can appreciate a rose that maybe grows no more than 5 foot with a 3 foot width, then 'Tranquillity' might be the one for you...  I grow mine on a support - a cheap obelisk... and it has drawn up to 4 foot from a planting last June... I expect at least 5 foot by this summer but I shall prune it then....  it might be too small for you but it grows in shade, not seeing the sun until mid summer late in the evergreen to minus 6 C at least... I suspect it might defoliate at -10... the foliage is disease free, dark and slightly leathery, not many thorns.... flowers are full, white with a yellowish centre to start off and has a pleasing scent of fresh apples... it flowers all summer into Autumn...  it would be worth having even if for some other position.... I think it's an extraordinary rose...

...see what you make of those.....happy choosing....

help me choose a rose. white blooms, climbing, partial shade

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 14:49

....don't concern yourself too much with the partial shade business.... many roses will happily grow in such conditions...

...I think you are looking at roses that are too big for your purposes.... just what height and width requirements do you have exactly...?

Has anyone grown water melon in the UK

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 23:35

..many years ago, I grew melons in my greenhouse in Cornall, in the soil border... can't remember the variety, might have been cantaloupe or galia type.... I must have grown from seed and they were easy to grow on and train up canes, but the fruits need support with special netting which you can buy... the fruits developed into a good size by late summer and were edible but not very sweet, and not very nice to be perfectly honest..... not enough sun and warmth to ripen fully....

Memory Lane Rose

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 22:36

..that's the same rose I linked to above, known as 'Bewitched' in this country and available here...

...the one Lady Sefton is talking about is apparently a florist rose, so she could get a bouquet from this site, and then try to grow it from cuttings, as suggested above...




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