When I took on the plot I decided that I wanted some roses, and after much deliberation I bought three – an Iceberg, a Pretty Lady and a Valentine Heart.
The Iceberg didn’t flower so after two years I moved it and it then did. However much to my surprise it had reverted to a dog rose, but despite that I’ve kept it.
The Pretty Lady has been brilliant as it starts flowering by the beginning of June, just in time for my rosey friend Nikki’s birthday, and keeps on blooming for months.
The Valentine Heart was a lovely rose which did well for a couple of years but then sadly succumbed to rose black spot so I had to dig it up.
Last autumn I bought a Fragrant Cloud which I planted in the square planter rather than out on the plot. It was little more than a small forked twig but has grown well and a couple of weeks ago had a handful of buds on it.
Yesterday I was pleased to see that there were a couple of blooms, which despite my poor sense of smell were, as the name implies, rather fragrant.
I’m still thinking about getting a yellow rose, perhaps Golden Showers, which I would put over an arch.
If you like scented roses then do have a look The Scented Garden – Roses which Elaine did last week, and here’s a link to all the posts that rose lover Nikki has done on rosy things.
Have a good weekend!
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