Monday, 26 January 2009
Oh look at what arrived in the post today ! Well truth be told it did not look quite like the above specimen, but more like this :
A muddy polythene bag containing some rather forlorn looking thorny twigs. I always feel that I have taken a gamble buying a a bare root rose. Maybe it is the terminology. I Will this squidgy morass really grow into the stunning rose I saw on a perfect summer day last July? In an earlier post this month I described the unexpected visit we made to Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire. Here I would have been perfectly happy to take root in the Queens Garden until the gardens closed for the day. Himself could have kept me fed and watered, and I would have been in seventh heaven gazing at a stunning collection of roses, many of them deliciously fragrant. Himself had other ideas and dragged me off to see other areas of the gardens and castle. However it was to the Queens Garden I returned before we left with camera and notebook in hand.
I must have fallen in love with fifty or so roses that day but this was the one that I kept returning to. She is Rosa 'Felicite Parmentier', described with obvious affection and in more detail here.
I believe that it will probably take four years or so for this rose to get established, but I think that she will be worth the wait. In the same parcel was another rose destined for the allotment but more of her soon. I wonder who else will be planting roses this year ?