Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Rose review redux

On a recent visit with the Med Garden Soc to a very nice garden near Trevi, I asked the owner/gardener what the rose was (photo). The reply was rapid and firm: it is Eglantine (David Austin) and it's going to be dug out and replaced by one of the Noisettes. No nonsense there. She is of course quite and there were several (dead) specimens of the same rose all around the garden. To survive in this climate takes a particularly tough type of rose and certainly Noisettes are in with a chance as well as the Chinas. So it was rather pleasing to discover on my visit to the Perth Botanical Gardens (see previous post) a book in their visitor centre dedicated to Tea Roses for warmer climates http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tea-Roses-Old-Warm-Gardens/dp/187705867X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1258478720&sr=1-1-fkmr0. In my view if they grow well in Australia then it is worth considering for Italy. In fact if you take a look at the Peter Beales' catalogue the Tea rose section has many roses marked as 'suitable for a warm climate'. This is not the same as modern hybrid teas - about which I am a bit snooty but there you are. Good examples of Teas which do well here include Lady Hillingdon, Gloire de Dijon but I am particularly drawn to the fabulously named Baronne Henriette de Snoy which I can't wait to try.


maría cecilia said...

Good afternoon Ivonne, how sad to hear David Austin roses don´t grow well over there. Here in Chile I can´t find them, I would love to try them.
In my garden I have many different kind of roses, know only few names, but all of them grow really well, no problem of any kind.
Muchos cariños
María Cecilia

Carol said...

Yvonne that is a lovely photo and the rose quite beautiful. I would grow more roses if I could do so without any chemicals... I do not use poisons of any kind. Do you know roses that are more carefree? I hope you find the roses that work best for you. Regards, Carol

Alex said...

Hi Carol,

I live in Northern California and grow all of my roses organically. There are a lot of roses that do well without chemical intervention, most notably the hybrid musks, hybrid rugosas, and hybrid kordesiis. You might looks for a book by Barbara Wilde, called Growing Roses Organically; it's very informative and has a long index of roses that need minimal or no intervention.