English Rose: Winchester Cathedral

Minutes ago, I found that my Winchester Cathedral English rose has produced its first flower since entering my garden. What a grand way to start my day! Not only is the fragrance strong and sweet, but the petals are heavier than some of my other English roses, whose petals are more delicate – a nice contrast. There is one more flower bud on this plant that is still weeks away from blooming –  can’t wait! My other Winchester Cathedral rose plant is not yet in bud but I am hopeful.

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This and my other English rose plants are well-situated, bathing in hours of direct sunlight, even during these winter days. For this reason, I expect that my English roses, all grown (and will remain) in containers because of a significant gopher problems in my community, will have many healthy, happy years here. More information on this luscious rose can be found here: http://www.davidaustinroses.com/american/showrose.asp?showr=1011

Later in the day, I will be deadheading the roses, removing dead vegetation, and checking their leaves for overall health. I am on the lookout for fungal diseases common in roses (http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7463.html) and will treat them as needed.

In a few weeks, my local nursery advised me to visit when they get their new stock of English roses for the year. I am counting the days! The English roses that I have were the last of their 2013 stock (at half price!) and have thrived here. I’m not sure which roses will be available, which is part of the fun in visiting a nursery!

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