Posted: 05/06/2014 at 00:04
Great idea for the topic thread. I have little experience with roses, would love to have more but due to my uncertainty of how to best care for them, I've limited myself in the past to buying cheaply from DIY centres - and this for me has been disappointing. e.g. last year I set out to purchase 2 white roses, highly scented. And there were two roses labelled 'white' and 'highly fragranced'. I eagerly planted both. They were both pink. Had no fragrance whatsoever and the stems after early spring pruning are extremely thin and cannot support the flowers when they bloom. In this instance, I feel the labelling was careless and obviously wrong. Could have happened when bulk supplies of roses were being moved around, or perhaps were labelled incorrectly by the supplier. In any case, it put me of spending any more money on cheapies.
I inherited 8 roses over 20 years old from my late mother's garden and each of us in the family shared her roses. Sadly I lacked the knowledge and confidence to take cuttings in order to continue her devotion over many years and in my garden they have not done well at all after the first year. And they were beautiful roses but I just didn't know how best to care for them because of their age and didn't recognise what signs the plants were showing in order to truly save them and do the right thing.
Pansyface - I am thrilled to see your rose Warm Welcome. My OH spent 10 months in hospital this last year and I used to visit him every day in an area not well known to me. Every day I would pass a house which had this glorious rose growing up the sides of their front door and it was both cheering to see and a real stunner. Looking at your photograph, I have a strong feeling that it as indeed your Warm Welcome rose.
I love roses but no matter how I improve very poor soil in this city garden, I don't think it will ever really sustain good roses. We are surrounded by high buildings and tend to get much humidity and dampness in the summer months and I don't think the lack of good air circulation is that great for roses and mildew is a real problem. Also, even the existing roses of my late mum's which were scented don't give off much fragrance in this garden and I suspect that that too is the humid conditions. Is this possible?
I would really need to find disease resistant, very strong growers which could survive in not ideal conditions and I would love the miracle of fragrance which I have not been able to attain so far. I need any advice I can get.
I'm sorry my posts tend to be very lengthy. It's just so great for me to find other people so into gardening that I tend to blurt out my thoughts like an avalanche and forget to stop. Apologies everyone.