Welcome to the online store of Trevor White Roses | Specialist Growers of Roses Ancient & Modern
We have been growing roses in Norfolk since 1984 and take great pride in producing quality plants. Good cultivation in virgin soil, strict grading and minimal storage ensure that they arrive in the best possible condition. Most of our roses can be purchased bare root (dormant) for delivery from November until March, in addition we also offer a selection that can be bought potted in peat-free compost which are available throughout the year.
Old Roses are our special passion, yet we love roses of all persuasions and stock many beautiful Species, Shrub, Climbing and Rambling Roses, both modern and old. Our aim is to offer a range that fully embodies the sheer diversity that roses can bring to your garden. Fragrance, foliage, fruit and flower come in a multitude of variations and permutations that provides a rose for virtually every situation.
We hope our new website helps and inspires you to discover more about our unique collection. The new search options and enhanced format should make finding the right rose from over 500 different varieties much easier.
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Hello it's finally upon us, we will be dispatching preordered bare root roses from the 30th October. Once dispatched, all orders will receive an email notification with estimated time of arrival. Any orders made after the 1st November will take the usual to 5-10 working days to arrive. Remember if a final destination isn't quite prepared for the roses, they can be heeled in (roughly buried into soil before planting out), or planted into pots. They can also be kept in their sealed packages for up to a week if necessary, making sure to water well once opened. For planting advice please follow our Guide which accompanies your order or read our Planting and Pruning Page.
As the nights draw in it is a good time to explore the many books there are on roses. Two of my favourites from the past are ‘The Rose Garden’ by William Paul (1848) and ‘A book about roses by S. Reynolds Hole (1877). The first is a real opus by a renowned nurseryman of the time which describes over 2000 varieties and includes 15 colour plates. We still list three of those illustrated, Rosa centifolia Cristata (Chapeau de Napoleon), the gallica D’Aguesseau and the bourbon Souvenir de la Malmaison. The second is a very personal account from a Victorian clergyman and gives us a real insight into his life and thoughts.The opening lines ‘ He who would have beautiful roses in his garden must have beautiful roses in his heart’ is oft quoted and gives a taste of the poetic language that follows. Hole waxes lyrical about two climbing roses in particular, Gloire de Dijon and Marechel Niel describing them as ‘ new stars of special brightness have glittered in our firmament’. I think that even he would have been surprised that over 150 years later they were still being grown. Cover of A Book About Roses, by Reynolds Hole Souvenir de la Malmaison. From The Rose Garden. Souvenir de la Malmaison - Bourbon Rose In our rose fields on Friday we experienced an invasion of Bishy Barnabees (the Norfolk term for Ladybirds) literally hundreds and thousands of them. The adults and larvae are best friends of the roses grower, both being voracious feeders of sap sucking aphids. Bishy Barnabee is thought to come from Bishop Bonner who was rector of the Norfolk town of East Dereham in the 16th century. There is an old school rhyme: Bishy bishy barney bee, tell me when my wedding be, If it be tomorrow day, take your wings and fly away. Fly to east and fly to west, but fly to him (her) that I love best.