There is something so exciting about seeing the first English rose breaking into bloom and indulging one’s starved senses with that incredible scent. It gives such a huge lift to one’s spirits and heralds the start of a summer of happiness surrounded by exquisite flowers. Banish the thoughts of mildew, blackspot and aphid infestation and concentrate on the extreme pleasure which garden roses have the ability to provide. With the right varietal choice, you can have garden roses flowering from now until the first frosts and with very little work. Even if you haven’t managed to plant bare rooted bushes, you can plant containerised ones at any time as long as you put a bit of effort into placing them in a good position and watering them really well before you plant them. You will be rewarded with a summer of scent and beauty and a load of happy bees!
A Gertrude Jekyll – pink rosettes and generous scent.
A mild winter followed by recent heavy frosts has caused some confusion amongst the roses. They were still growing when we pruned them at the end of February and this boosted more new growth which then got hit by the frost, becoming blackened and shrivelled. If this sounds familiar then have faith and leave these stems in situ, they will grow through this either by aborting the stems and pushing out new ones or just losing the affected leaves and producing more. These beautiful young red leaves of Sweet Parfum de Provence, a Delbard rose, have escaped unscathed and are a reassuring sign of the deep pink, fragrant blooms to follow.
Growing under glass, the sweet peas are unaffected by these late frosts and are flowering madly. Have a look at the beautiful bouquets we are sending out at Real Flower Company.