Sunday, 29 November 2015

The Trial - 12 A new rose

I really need to keep up to date with these trial posts, next year I will do better!

Late-ish last year I was sent a 9cm pot containing Rose 'For Your Eyes Only'.  It was tiny as you would expect in a 9cm pot.  I dutifully planted it out but, I will be honest here, I had seen some pictures of this rose and I was not sure.

All year I have fed and looked after the rose, but like many roses in its first year of planting it did not reward me with much growth.  I was not surprised at this as I think it takes roses a year or two to really settle in.

Then suddenly a bud appeared.  I got rather excited about this.  I watched it and watched and then it opened.
I was pleasantly surprised, I rather like this.  I will be interested to see how it develops next year, but so far I am pleased with it.  It also has the bonus of having a free 'earworm' with it, ah Sheena Easton.....

I note that on the website these are now available as bare root plants.  This is a much better way of buying them and I am sure these will be a) larger and b) settle in better.

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  1. Un unusually coloured rose, but very pretty!

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    1. Thanks, it is unusual but definitely looks better in situ than it does in photos

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  2. Dear Alison
    I bought a trio of roses including this one (together with Blue Eyes (which is more purple than blue, but still unusual and is still flowering now) and Bright as a Button). They were bare root plants but the quality on arrival didn't look that great and one was dead, but I was eventually sent a replacement after a few emails. However, much to my surprise, the roses grew well during the summer and flowered beautifully considering it was their first year. They had a slight scent but and had pretty open flowers. I had planted them in pots, so that may have helped. I look forward to seeing how they do next year.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Dear Ellie

      Thanks for this, certainly the one I received was tiny. It's interesting if your bare root ones also struggled. I'll be interested to see how mine does next year.

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