After a such a hot summer this year some of you may be looking forward to the cooler nights this September. Roses can be magnificent at this time and with the chillier temperatures they reward us with blooms that are often more intense and longer lived than their summer counterparts. With bare root rose season nearly upon us now is the perfect time to start preparing garden beds for any new arrivals. Begin by finding an ideal spot, bearing in mind it’s hardiness, shade tolerance and ultimate size. Double dig the area, adding organic matter such as well rotted farmyard manure or garden compost into the top spit (30cm deep), and then cover back with soil. This should make perfect planting conditions for November.
As for us we have just returned from another fantastic Rose Trials and award ceremony in Glasgow. Glasgow City Council are always such generous hosts with a gala dinner at The Winter Palace and award ceremony in the fantastic City Chambers that the judging is a real pleasure. Our personal favourite was ‘Bliss’ a heady perfumed rose by breeder Kordes. We definitely hope to add this to Our collection of Kordes Roses in the near future.