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We have a number of roses in our garden mainly bought for their beautiful scent. But even our smelliest roses don't seem to have much scent this year - is this normal?

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,499

    There have been a couple of threads on this subject recently.
    I think it has a lot to do with weather conditions.
    I have a group of Flastaff roses. Some days the scent is wonderful, other days I can't notice it.
    Last week the scent from my star jasmine was overwhelming and quite sickly. This week it's just a light perfume.

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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,126

    I asked this question a couple of weeks ago and didn't get one reply so its nice to know I'm not alone. I too have noticed that there is either no scent at all or there is the faintest whiff of what used to be. The exceptions have been the rose I grew from seed (massive, feral plant) and a hybrid tea that lives in a pot by the bins in shade. It must be the weather.

    And is this also the reason for the lack of insects? The nepeta is normally a danger zone at this time of year with enough bees and hoverflies to block out the sun, but this year we seem to just have a few bumble bees and one or two hoverflies. The same is true of the creeping thyme which is normally a magnet for all small flying things.

  • Mary370Mary370 Limerick, Ireland Posts: 2,003

    I've also noticed the lack of fragrance from my roses, can only really be down to the everchanging weather, think it was the driest Spring in many decades.  

    I notice too that there aren't as many bees around my nepeta, but I have noticed hundreds of spiders on the ground throughout the garden this year.

  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,126

    Not good for arachnophobes.

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,499

    Do explain Mike - I'm sure your insights into DNA and hybridization would be of interest to many of us

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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,865

    He's just an arrogant sod , I don't know why he posts here with us plebs.

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  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,126

    It is one thing to breed a rose with no fragrance, and there are far too many of those, but how does a heavily perfumed rose lose its scent from one year to the next?

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