Posted: 01/05/2017 at 22:52
I've been quite new to growing roses the last few years and the new roses bought in the last three years have been David Austin roses - but NOT bought directly from David Austin.
Obelixx - I have Grace and it has done really well in my garden through all weathers out in a mixed bed. It's the strongest rose I've experienced so far. Starts of apricot-ish as you say, and the second flush in autumn had some slightly paler blooms. Two photos below show the original and then the autumn.
My Claire Austin and Lady of Shallot have also been stars - in tubs for two seasons and just planted into the garden this Spring - so will see how that goes. But, I'm not having luck with Munstead Wood. Here is the first Munstead Wood purchased three years ago, again not direct from David Austin. It produces lovely large subtly fragranced blooms, but the stems are too spindly to hold them and I had to keep supporting them with canes. All very well - but, the plant had a couple of dead stalks on it when I bought it - which ought to have given alarm bells - but, the old naivety thing, I wanted to have a Munstead Wood and it was the only one I could find locally. But - it's a disaster otherwise. I doubt you will have seen such a sorry looking rose - this was taken a couple of days ago.
Sorry Mustead Wood
Still wanting to have a good Munstead Wood, three weeks ago I ordered two direct from David Austin in pots. I followed the instructions to the letter adding, as advised, the David Austin feed pellets into the holes. I just want small bush roses and Munstead Wood fitted the bill. Today however, both roses look as if they have rose rust on some of the leaves and the beginnings of blackspot - so I've been cutting off and destroying leaves. They arrived very leafy. Also, I checked the crowns of both and gently scraped away the soil surrounding them. One of them looks as if it has a growmore type fertiliser mixed with white powder all around the crown - not sure, maybe from the photograph someone can tell me if that is what it is? The 2nd rose does not have this - but also has rust on the leaves. I'm suspecting it is more likely to be my garden soil or just perhaps my garden being a bit lacking in air in some places - the garden is surrounded by high flats so we have an odd microclimate. But I'm not sure. The other roses are fine. They sometimes get a bit of blackspot in high summer, but not enough to complain about.
I suspect it has to be my garden conditions with the two new Munstead Woods, although I didn't expect to find this fertiliser or whatever it is - Lord I hope it's not eggs - around the crown. Both roses arrived from David Austin with the pouch of pink DA pellets which instructions said to put a specific amount in the planting hole, which I did. There was nothing mentioned about any other fertiliser already sustaining these roses.
Last edited: 01 May 2017 22:58:10