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Which of your roses is first to bloom?

NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 5,621
Just curious, all my roses are coming into leaf, but Lady Emma Hamilton has several buds and I’ve already had one bloom. Golden Celebration and Kew Gardens are in full leaf but no sign of buds yet. What’s your first, normally?


  • MarlorenaMarlorena East AngliaPosts: 6,344
    Nice question... of my 70 odd roses, the first 5 are usually these...

    'Bengal Crimson' [China, before 1820]...  'Mme. Antoine Mari' [Tea, before 1890]... 'Cornelia' [hybrid musk, 1925]... and 2 Austins  'Desdemona' and 'Kew Gardens'...    

    ... the first two named can flower during the winter, so they're always quick off the mark in Spring..   first blooms usually arrive early to mid May, but in 2017 they all started end April...  unless I get winter in March, then lots more are going to be very early this year... 

    I expect things start up even earlier for you in N. Spain...
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 18,433

    My Lady Emma H. is nowhere near having a bud, South West France. We are still having temps of -5° and heavy frosts in the morning, although the sun is coming out, at last, in the afternoon.

    Paul's Scarlet is usually my first and it flowers massively for a month, just once, in May. A friend has rosa Banksiae Lutea which flowers in April.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,461
    Arthur Bell or sometimes (dark/deep?) Secret
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 5,621
    Thats interesting (I will have to look some of yours up, Marlorena) and always lovely to see the first rose.

    We have had freezing morning temps for months, similar to you Lizzie (lowest was -7) but lovely warm days throughout February has encouraged all sorts to peek up - and promptly get frostbite!
  • MarlorenaMarlorena East AngliaPosts: 6,344
    I'm surprised you get those temps in N Spain Nollie.. and where Busy Lizzie is too, I had thought you might get little in the way of frost where you both are..

    ..this is how most of my roses look right now..

    ..this is 'Bengal Crimson'.. showing one of the buds developing..

    ..this is 'Marie Nabonnand' [Tea, 1940].. another of my early bird roses...

  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 4,231
    In the 80's I had this weedy thing called a blue moon rose. Never grew much and died after a couple of years. In this garden put one in three years back and it is a thug! Huge growth first to flower and last to finish. 
  • yorkshireroseyorkshirerose North YorkshirePosts: 574
    Etoile d'Holland is nearly always first in my North Yorkshire garden.
    A gardener's work is never at an end  - (John Evelyn 1620-1706)
  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 5,621
    Its the altitude for me, @Marlorena, I’m at more than 400m, inland, not too far from the foothills of the Pyrenees. Doesn’t stop the days being really warm tho, so a bit confusing for plants! Etoile d’Holland looks a lovely rose - just the sort of rose I would have growing against the front of the house if OH hadn’t insisted on a wisteria!
  • floraliesfloralies Haute-Garonne SW FrancePosts: 1,790
    We live on the other side of the Pyrenees in France. I haven't even pruned my roses yet! Has been too wet and now heavy frosts but warm days. Must get on and do them. I have a couple of Archiduc Joseph shrub roses which are always the first to flower.
  • GartenerGartener South EastPosts: 99
    Etoile d'Holland is nearly always first in my North Yorkshire garden.
    Same here in my garden down South. Last year my EdH rose was in full bloom in April. 

    Its a 3 yr old plant now and getting bigger on the wall. Anybody knows how tall does it get? (I got confusing info abt it online)
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