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FfoxgloveFfoxglove Posts: 534
So I was in the garden centre today about to make an impulse purchase of a deeply coloured purple red rose when I thought..  No! I can check with people wiser than myself as to what would be best (I've made many expensive mistakes in the past!)

So any advice, or pictures.. I love pictures. 

I'd like a fragrant small ish bushbrose that can be grown in a pot. I'd like a really Rick color. And lot of flowers all season of course. 

I was looking at munstead Wood, rhapsody in blue and and ebb tide today



  • B3B3 Posts: 24,413
    No such thing as a deep blue rose, I'm afrai.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • FfoxgloveFfoxglove Posts: 534
    I mean purple really but some roses are called blue aren't they .. Blue for you .. Rhapsody in blue.. .vechlinbleu or something! 
  • B3B3 Posts: 24,413
    Googled rhapsody in blue it  looks lovely 
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,428
    edited March 2019
    Rhapsody in Blue is purple. It's very fragrant. A bit big for a pot, I'd have thought. I don't have a good photo of mine - but you can see it on the left here - taller than a lupin, as you can see.

    Munstead Wood is a good shout, I'd have thought, but I don't have one here so no pics, I'm afraid.
    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • FfoxgloveFfoxglove Posts: 534
    Thank you iu muddle up and raisin girl! I do like the look of munstead but having seen it in garden centres was worried it wouldnt be bushy enough to look nice in a pot 
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 4,690
    This is my blue one . The red one behind it is a standard rose, just shows how big a 'bush' rose can get.  It does flower all year, but not heavily fragrant 

  • FfoxgloveFfoxglove Posts: 534
    That's stunning purplerallim! Is that rhapsody in blue? 
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,385
    Seek out 'Twilight Zone', you might like it... I think C and K Jones do it..
    East Anglia, England
  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Posts: 1,089
    @Ffoxglove I have had four Rhapsody in blue for a few years now they were a little slow at getting established but the last couple of years were beautiful, flowered all summer even last year and have a beautiful scent. 
    We moved and I had to dig them out last autumn but put them into large pots and planted them out at the allotment at the beginning of the month and they are romping away so tough as old boots.

    "You don't stop gardening because you get old, you get old because you stop gardening." - The Hampshire Hog
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 4,690
    Not sure @Ffoxglove as label has disintegrated.  Bought in GC three years ago and blue was in the name. Looking at pictures/description of Rhapsody it looks right. Very vigorous with heavy blooms from May until winter, grows that big every year you have to be ruthless cutting it back.
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