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...Notes from a Rose garden...

MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,384
Welcome to 'The Horseshoe'..  

..this garden is not large.. I do not have trees, sweeping lawns or landscaping...  and I grow roses in an unorthodox fashion -  some of my roses are an acquired taste, so they will not be for everybody...  but I hope anyone looking in finds something of interest along the way.. and is inspired to grow a rose or two if you don't already have any..

I have a variety of different types..  I collect roses,  they go in wherever I can find a spot, or in a pot... I'm not concerned with colour clashes, but I do try to avoid pink with orange..

...I will also show my companion plantings - very important to have with roses - ... or anything that's looking good on the day.. so it won't only be roses.. plus diseases, bugs or poor growth... all is worth noting.. I have successes and failures like everyone does.. [sympathies welcome]…

I don't use sprays, this is a live and let live kind of if you like the pristine, unblemished look.. I would struggle with that...

I take lots of photos, it's a hobby.. I've reduced the file size so I hope they load quick enough..

May 1st. 2019...  I have a few blooms just opening but first a photo of a rambler called ..

'Ghislaine de Feligonde'.
...I know some are new to this rose so here it is today... it's about 8 foot tall by 10 foot wide, but I should add it was severely pruned by half last autumn due to fence repairs... so it's only half the width.. 20 foot wide is easily achieved, and I aim to get it back to that very soon.. it's a gentle rambler that doesn't overwhelm but it does have considerable reach all the same..    it flowers all summer into autumn...

...more photos to follow...

East Anglia, England


  • Janie BJanie B Posts: 865
    Yay! Looking good @Marlorena... looking forward to much more of your invaluable rosie-advice. Xx
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,384
    ...first bloom on 'Desdemona' [Austin]..opened today... this is such a beautiful rose..

    ..this is 'Marie Nabonnand'.. [climbing Hybrid Tea].. very sweetly scented, damask fragrance.. long season..  first flowers today...

    ..I bought some new roses today... if they are cheap I sometimes get some to grow as annuals, and I may not keep these, it depends how I like them.. they will stay in pots..
    I got them for £6.50 each.. one place near me I can get roses for as little as £3.. so it's difficult to resist, although these are not the sort of roses I normally buy.. but looking forward to some lovely  blooms...
    'Midnight Blue'.. 'Lavender Ice'... 'Chandos Beauty'...

    East Anglia, England
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,384
    ...thanks Janie... great to see you here !.. and thanks for looking in...
    East Anglia, England
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,384
    Geranium pyrennaicum 'Isparta' just starting.. I think this is a seeder..

    I got this gorgeous Centaurea today...'Amethyst in Snow'.. a Bressingham introduction..

    Aquilegia 'Biedermeier'...

    Aquilegia 'Mrs. Scott-Eliot'

    East Anglia, England
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,384
    ..oh my goodness it's just started raining... first I've had in weeks and weeks... !
    East Anglia, England
  • B3B3 Posts: 24,412
    Been looking forward to your thread. Glad to see it's been christened by what,I hope, is welcome rain.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,384
    ..thanks B3... it lasted all of 5 minutes...
    East Anglia, England
  • Bright starBright star Posts: 1,129
    I’ve been looking forward to this thread after following The Rose season 2019. So informative and inspiring Marlorena, thank you.
    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,384
    Bright star.. thank you... hope you continue to look in here..
    East Anglia, England
  • Mr. Vine EyeMr. Vine Eye Posts: 2,251
    I love the shape of the foliage on Ghislaine de Feligonde. It's the most distinctive of all the roses I've started growing this year. Although they all have subtle variations.
    Shes described on websites and on the pot when I bought her as being a short climber - to only a couple of metres. So it's interesting that she gets so big.

    My next favourite foliage is 'Mortimer Sackler' - I like the shape and colour.

    I really like seeing photos of your garden Marlorena I've already pinched a lot of ideas from your photos and suggestions in the past.
    East Yorkshire
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