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“Queen of Sweden” Rose

TadsTads Posts: 210
my daughter is creating a “rose garden” at the front of her house here in Guildford.
She has ordered several David Austin roses, which I must start planting tomorrow.
The chosen area is a complete bed alongside the front pathway to her house. The house faces South/South East, so there is plenty of sunshine to be had, until about 4/5 pm. 
i have cleared the bed of all the lavender which has been growing there this past 10years, & thoroughly cultivated the soil.  We are on a clay soil here. 
According to what I’ve read, I intend digging each rose cavity & adding some stable manure & bone meal, & planting the shrub roses 18inches apart.  There are 2 climbing roses as well, at the end of this same bed, for the trellis on the front door wall.  
Plus:  we have a 2nd bed in front of the front door, where there is a hidden manhole cover which has only 10cm of soil covering it. So we decided to place a big pot here, in which we want to plant a “Queen of Sweden” rose (see pic) 

is there any advice/tip or comment a fellow member can make to help me on my way ?
all & any comments would be very welcome 😊 😊 -  “thank you” 




  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,859
    Hello Tads. I think you have got everything really well covered from your clear descriptions. The only thing I would add is to make sure that the stable manure is really well rotted and that you use a good compost such as JI No3 - not multi purpose - in the pot for that lovely rose.
    If you can, get some myccorhizal fungus granules to sprinkle on the root balls of all the roses. This will help them establish more quickly.
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • debs64debs64 Posts: 5,029
    David Austin sell that fungi and I definitely think it helps. 
  • TadsTads Posts: 210
    Hi Ladybird4, I actually bought jl compost no 2, and not no 3...🤔 - will that do ? Or must it be no 3 ? Pls rsvp. 
    yes, the stable manure is well rotted.  Will try & get out to buy some of those fungal granules.
    thanks v much for responding. Much appreciated. 😊 
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,859
    That will do fine Tads. The numbers attached to those composts refers to the amount of nutrients in them so you will need to feed your rose accordingly.
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • TadsTads Posts: 210
    thanx Ladybird4 ✅ & i have just ordered the fungus granules from David Austin ✅ 
    appreciate your kind help, Thankyou. 😊
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,859
    You are very welcome Tads.
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • FireFire Posts: 17,373
    A front garden tap might help a lot.
  • Jason-3Jason-3 Posts: 391
    Hi tads...qos is quite a big plant even in its second year. Its very upright and gets pretty tall. I would suggest that it will need a bigger pot or perhaps think about a smaller rose for your pot such olivia rose austin
  • ZeroZero1ZeroZero1 Posts: 577
    Fire said:
    A front garden tap might help a lot.
    Agreed, plenty of water the first year especially. Your masterplan seems good. Let them have light too. 
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,645
    I my experience Q of S grows very tall and straight and will need a bigger pot and more nutrients than are available in John Innes 2.  I suggest a smaller, bushier rose but still extra fertiliser mixed in when planting and an annual spring top up of slow release fertilser with a weekly liquid feed pf rose or tomato food for the pot.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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