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GwenrGwenr Posts: 150
I'm just recovering from breast cancer and my over protective husband, bless him, decided that having very thorny climbing roses in the garden was too much of a risk to my arm, I go a bit crazy on the flower bed, when weeding, often getting scratched, so he dug them up in Feb and they are now doing very well in a friends garden.
Well our clematis look lovely, but not as good when they were winding round the roses, the burgundy ones were stunning against the yellow roses.
Could anyone advise me please on a long flowering climbing rose, with as little thorns as possible on the stems?


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,588
    Golden Showers repeat lowers and is low on thorns
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Zepherine droughin and her sport Kathleen Harrop are without thorns. Zepherine has bright shocking pink flowers with the most wonderful perfume, doesn’t climb very high so could be used like a tall shrub. Kathleen is a lovely soft pink but just like her mother every other way. Said to grow on a shady side, but I found prefers good living. Can’t comment on how long they flower as it seemed like other climbers, good luck, Val
  • Hi
    i have both Golden showers and zepherine in my garden - both only a year old - zep seems more vigorous but quite low growing as mentioned - see attached.
    i was making up a list for next year - with aim of long flowering, healthy climbers or ramblers - I’m looking at Malvern Hills, Strawberry Hill or Kew Rambler I think! 
    Good luck!
  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 8,191
    I have Davis Austin's Wollerton Old Hall which is a soft apricot bud, opening to a rich, warm, creamy yellow, fading to cream. It has old-rose style blooms and a strong fragrance (I think they say it smells of myrrh - but I've never smelt myrrh so.....)

    It does have some thorns - but far fewer than many others roses in the garden. The new growth is very pliable and easy to train. I have it growing in a spot where it's full shade in the morning and full sun from midday to gin o'clock. Repeat flowers through to autumn and looks particularly good with colours in the burgundy to deep purple spectrum. (I have dark purple salvias in front and clematis Polish Spirit growing through the same obelisk).

    Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery and hope you get to enjoy some sunny days in your garden this summer.
    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,353
    edited June 2019
    I have not found a single thorn on our Mortimer Sackler yet. But it is only a young plant.
    As @1Runnybeak1 said I don't think so too about completely, there is usually even a few bits on the back of the leaf stems . 

    There is a new one on a rose site also claims to be thornless I an trying to remember where it was. So annoying I think the colour was apricot.
    They claimed it truly thornless so maybe worth looking for.

    We have Snowgoose which is a shorter climber (white with very few thorns but there are some,) and  it needs a south sunny site to do well.

    Perennial Blue. Is not very "blue", but is lacking in thorns and very floriferous repeat flowering even though I treat it badly in a big pot. (Shame on me).

  • GwenrGwenr Posts: 150
    Our garden is south facing, so we get sun all day long.
  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,353
    edited June 2019
    That's good then gr.letley.
    A small amendment re: Mortimer, I just went out and found a thorn, so sorry about that. Though there are a couple they are very far and few, so still a good one I think.
    I just had to stand Perennial Blue up , there are more than I thought on it so again sorry.
    Ghislaine de felingonde is supposedly relatively thorn free though I can't vouch, others say so.

    Going slightly bonkers as I can't find the one I saw the other day.

    Do you grow any scented clematis?
    Although there are not many they climb and don't have a single thorn :)
    Betty Corning and Triternata rubromarginata, two easy good ones.

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