I was so lucky the other day to be invited to the launch of the Rose of the Year 2022.Roses UK to go to Stockton Bury Gardens for the event. Roses UK promote UK roses, they are not breeders or sellers of roses. Every year a rose is awarded 'Rose of the Year'.
In order to get the award the rose is trialled for two years. This rose, bred by Dickson Roses, would have been plants in 2016, selected in 2018 and then they allow a couple of years for breeders to build up enough stocks before it is launched. Rose growing is not a speedy process!
We had a lovely lunch and then went wandering the wonderful gardens. I have visited Stockton Bury previously, it turns out if was four years ago, which seems an age ago now. I had always intended to return and it was delight to see the gardens again.
Thank you to Marilyn and Roses UK for inviting us. Thank you to Tamsin and the team for welcoming us to their garden and for the lovely lunch.
What about Rose of the Year 2021 I hear you ask?This is the 2021 Rose of the Year: Belle de Jour bred by Delbard. Which is also a fantastic rose. It has scent like vanilla ice cream and the flowers fade beautifully as they age.