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The New ROSE Season 2021...

NollieNollie Posts: 7,478
Well here we are folks, it’s 2021 and the days are gradually getting longer. Time for a new thread, following in Marlorena’s fine tradition of an annual space dedicated to all things rosey. Looking forward to hearing about and seeing all your roses this year, from members old and new. Feel free to ask questions that I will get others to answer, ask for recommendations and impart your experiences, good and bad, of rose growing!

Apart from the established favourites, for me this year is all about adventures in old roses, especially trying some China, Tea and Noisette roses for the first time. So I’m especially looking forward to seeing how they do for me.

What are you most looking forward to this year? Which of your new roses excites you the most?

A bit early for much on the photo front, but three David Austin roses, Munstead Wood, Lady Emma Hamilton and Darcy Bussell are leafing up nicely. Here’s LEH - a bit dew-sodden but I love her purple coat:

Plus some newbies growing on in the poly are leafing out too, Francis Dubreuil and Guy Savoy:

Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.


  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,424
    aah.. thanks Nollie..  my camera is charged and rarin' to go..  not that I have anything much at the moment...  I can see your 'FD's are doing well...
    I'm really looking forward to seeing my only Moss rose 'General Kleber' this year, it's a good grower, with excellent disease resistant foliage, no black spot at all last year, so hoping for a good show... I've not grown it before.. 

    ..Spring just around the corner... 
    East Anglia, England
  • Mary370Mary370 Posts: 2,003
    Ohhh I'm getting all excited....... looking so much forward to the new growing season.....
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,424
    Emily Bronte has nice foliage doesn't it?  I've been noticing that with this rose..
    East Anglia, England
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,478
    I can’t wait for Spring either, it’s been such a horrible and frustrating year.

    @Tack, awful flooding (re 2020 thread) I’m so sorry. Has it been that bad before, is this something you expect to see more of? Would raised beds maybe be the way to go for your borders? A lot of hard graft and expense tho, don’t I know! I have to have them for different reasons - soil level is too shallow for roses and lots of things. Barely a spit deep before I hit impenetrable bedrock.
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,960
    Gosh, all your roses so nicely pruned - I'd better get a move on!
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • TackTack Posts: 1,341
    edited February 2021
    Hello.  Looks around, so shiny and new; how exciting.
    Thank you for your kind words. Yes the flooding is expected, we knew what living on the edge of the floodplain would entail. I am remembering it happening 1990, 2003, 13, 14 and now. Plenty of the garden plants can take it clearly, the mature shrubs and bulb plantings keep going,  even 2 ancient roses. Whether perennials and brand new roses will like it remains to be seen. Worse is that it knocks our house drainage out.
    Central southern England
  • @Lizzie27 two more weeks until pruning time for me.

    @Marlorena sorry to tag you as I know you were wanting a rest from notifications!!

    Or anyone else, I asked on the previous thread but to be fair I posted a lot of things that day it may well have been missed! 

    Do you have any experience with "Maid of Kent?" It's my favourite so far of that sort that I've looked at, ticks most boxes. Well reviewed on helpmefind. But not from many people.

    DA must like it as they've got several good quality photos on their website and they usually just do one or two stock ones for other breeder's roses.

    East Yorkshire
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,424
    @Mr. Vine Eye
    hey-a..'s no problem at all about the tagging,..or p.m.'s whatever... I was only joking about the notifications, so don't anybody worry about tagging, always pleased to hear from members about anything really.. Maid of Kent... I know nothing about this rose except that it's scentless and grows well on a pergola..  Mrs Hepworth of The Manor House, at Skeeby, N. Yorkshire has it on a pergola there in the back garden amongst other ramblers and is obviously pleased with it... she opened her garden once a year, pre Covid..  so you would be in good company... the scentless factor would put me off for my own garden though, if growing around windows, but this may not bother anyone else..

    ..what I don't know, but would like to know, is if the petals drop cleanly, or stay on the plant, and what it looks like after a downpour...  I think someone here has it though, but can't remember who..?..
    East Anglia, England
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