I can’t believe I haven’t posted a blog since May! Gortnalee is at its peek just now and I am enjoying spending time just keeping on top of the tidying up without being over particular.
July is of course when the roses are really at their peak although we sometimes forget just how long they delight us with their abundant flowers.
I have been trying to find the stories about how roses got their names but it is not easy to find anything for many of them! This one was named in 1916 after the 2-year-old daughter of Count Feligonde but had another legend attached relating to a nurse in World War One.
This rambling rose I grew from a slip – the story was that I bought it and planted it but needed to move it the next year and when I was digging it up I managed to break it off from its rootstock! I was furious with myself so I just took the four stems of the rose and rammed them into the border where I was going to plant them! Three of them grew – my neighbour has one and the other two cover one entire side of my Rose Trellis! Only flowering once, I cut it back quite hard when it finishes to let the other roses there have some space!
Madame Periere has to take her opportunity to thrive once Albertine is cut back! She has a delicious perfume and lots of generous flowers!
Next along the Rose Trellis is Compassion. I saw this rose in full glory at Altamont and had to have it! Albertine is inclined to over-run it in the early part of the summer but once Albertine is finished Compassion take centre stage!
Next on that Trellis border is Lady Marmalade. A wonderful rose that flowers well into autumn with wave after wave of flowers. It is described as a “repeat-flowering floribunda” and certainly lives up to her name! I would love to know who was “Lady Marmalade”?
I used to have a Rose Garden but changed my mind and moved all the roses to the main garden in two locations – the Rose Trellis and the Clematis Arch. Some of the roses didn’t survive and I thought I had lost this one, but a small stem kept appearing but not flowering and I just left it, and it got fed and mulched with all the other roses and after several years it delighted me by producing a beautiful blossom that allowed me to identify it as Diamond Jubilee.
I realised that the roses were all very far from the house so I planted Alec’s Red in the main herbaceous border where I can see it as I stand at the cooker and where I get its lovely perfume when I go down into the garden.
A wonderful rose that loves to climb – although bought as a Hybrid Tea she lives on the Clematis Walkway and produces these large abundant flowers – bothered a bit by blackspot but my new policy of taking off all affected leaves as I deadhead the roses is definitely reducing the amount of blackspot on all the roses.
This rose has been around for a long time. Although described as a Hybrid Tea I find that the flowers come in clusters and he really wants to climb! Perhaps his location is the reason why the flowerinf stems often reach 5 feet!
When a family member far away was lost to Covid I got this rose to remember her. These little roses are really meant for pots for short periods so for me it is a bit of a challenge encouraging it to grow!
Romance is another rose that had a severe setbck when she was moved but the addition of layers of compost is now paying off and more and more flowers appear every year.
The most trouble-free rose in the garden! I grew it from a cutting from a neighbour – three cuttings all grew! No blackspot, no greenfly, hundreds of flowers for months at a time – what’s not to like?
This is a small climber – it came as one of a pair – Royal White and Royal Red and in 2013 I envisaged them each side of an arch in the then Rose Garden. Relocating them side by side at the Clematis Walkway it is clear that the original idea would not have worked! Royal Red is struggling to make 4 feet tall while Royal White is up and over the top of the arches!
I love this rose. The buds are tinged with yellow but they open to white. It has scrambled up over the archway build for the Clematis and just keeps on flowering from early Summer well into Autumn. It is not strongly perfumed but its abundant flowers make up for that!
This rose is even more of a miracle than its companion transplanted roses. I thought it was gone completely but finding a tiny sprig under the Jamila rose I potted it up to see what would happen! To my amazement it produced this lovely lilac flower and it now has a new home where it gets lots of sun so I look forward to it growing stronger in the future.
I really should pay more attention to the descriptions of my roses before I plant them! This was a house-warming present from my cousin Róisin and her mother Dolores in 2008 when the garden did not really exist so it survived in a pot for quite a while! The deep pink of the flowers and the generous petals are only equalled by the scent which is divine! It is planted too close to Romance, so one of them is going to have to move!
White Symphonie has amazing clusters of flowers and is another one that loves the Clematis Walkway. It is located at the entrance to the walkway and manages to push its way through Clematis Montana Marjorie to send blossoms skywards from early June! I probably need to train these two enthusiastic climbers to live a bit more harmoniously!
Zephrine Drouhin is an old favourite for many rose growers. Her perfume is divine and fills that area of the garden with scent every evening! She flowers with enthusiasm but best of all, she has no thorns! I no longer spray my roses so her tendency to blackspot is a bit of a disadvantage, but my policy of collecting fallen leaves and removing damaged ones when I deadhead has certainly reduced the problem. I am also trialing companion planting of Allium around her to see if that helps!
I hope you have enjoyed this tour of my roses!