by Wendy Syddall
Contrary to popular belief in my house I do actually like roses. When mum was younger she wanted a house with a rose garden and when they moved here over 40 years ago there were approx 100 roses in the garden. We probably only have about 5 of those left, many were old and past it and therefore dug out. When I started planning how to plant up a new garden bed I decided I wanted to plant a couple of roses I it, there hasn’t been any before so I should be OK. You have to be careful planting roses in the same spot as a previous one as it could get diseased.
Anyway I bought one after the Tatton Park flower show and also got a catalogue for other roses at this specialist garden centre. I went through it with my marker pen selecting any that were any shade of pink, red or white, that stated a good fragrance and disease resistant. This week, probably a bit late in the season we returned to the garden centre to look and smell the ones I had selected and purchase 2. In hind sight it’s best not to wait until the end of the season for this as many didn’t have any flowers left. However, I selected two, one called ‘Cranford’ which is pink with a lovely fragrance but sadly no flowers left. This was planted this morning and one called ‘hot chocolate’, with orangey red flowers and amazing fragrance not of chocolate I have to add! This is the first picture.
Here are some pictures of roses still in flower in October in my garden
Incidentally with all the strange weather we’ve had lately one of my poppies has got confused and there is a new bud on it, be interesting to see if it flowers. I’ve never seen this happen before.