Crown Princess Margareta Rose Debut

About 3-1/2 years ago, I bought several English roses, in containers, to replace several that were planted in-ground but were decimated by gophers who devoured their roots. I’ve kept them in their original containers all this time because of this.  Having a “buy now, investigate later” mindset, I found that these plants were not suited to grow in my area, but were still selling here (a rather dodgy business practice).

Taking a chance, I’ve seen some meet an untimely end (e.g., Munstead wood), but I am so very pleased to report that this past week, the two climbing Crown Princess Margareta rose plants have flowered! Mind you, these were not extraordinary displays (1 flower for one plant, 3 for another), it was heartening that they fought on against all odds and provides a very positive message of hope and patience. I don’t mind that it flowers every few years, as long as it does, which is probably an unusual perspective, but I love these plants.

More information on this fragrant beauty can be found here: http://www.davidaustinroses.com/us/crown-princess-margareta-english-climbing-rose

Uninhibited English Rose!

Last year, I was very fortunate to have bought a few dozen David Austin English roses. I grow them in the containers that they came in. One of the climbers, Crown Princess Margareta, has let it be known that it will not be following the conventions of gardening, container or no! Right next to a very warm wall, this rose plant is loving its location and is letting its canes go wild. For safety reasons (walking into a cane of spikes is no fun), I will have to find at least a minimal staking scheme using one or more tallIMG_3325 metal rods since it soundly defeated an attempt with wood stakes. It will not win prizes for form, but certainly receives acknowledgment for its vigor and desire to express itself!

I am wondering what it will look like when it flowers. The unexpected growth pattern of this plant certainly is adding a very lively and happy energy to my garden. Out with the same old, same old and in with wild and free  artistic form!

Super-Informal English Rose Garden

Years ago, I planted easily over two dozen roses in the ground in my back yard. I took great pride in having a rose garden. I carefully selected each one and knew where each would be planted. IMG_3150However, gophers devoured the tender roots of nearly all of them, leaving me quite heartbroken. Among the roses that perished were several David Austin English roses. I love English roses more than any other type of rose for their outstanding fragrance, the generous size of many of their varieties, and multitudes of petals. One day, I thought, I would have a rose garden again.

This weekend, I took a chance and visited the local nursery up the street and saw that they were having a clearance sale on their roses – out with the old inventory to make way for the new. Perfect timing because the roses were half-price! These were my selections:

Climbing roses: Crown Princess Margareta, The Wedgwood Rose (pictured, exquisite pink) – up against the wall of my house

Non-climbing, shrub roses: Grace, Lady of Megginch, Mary Rose, Munstead Wood, Teasing Georgia

Instead of in-ground, I will be leaving the roses in containers, above ground. They will reIMG_3151IMG_3152main smaller plants and flower not as vigorously because of this, but I will at least have a chance to enjoy English roses again in my very own back yard and not have to worry about finding fallen rose canes the next day. It will take some time but I know that with some care, this can be a reasonably lower-maintenance English rose garden for me to enjoy for many years. Just because you do not have land or cannot use land to plant roses in-ground does not mean you cannot have a perfectly lovely English rose garden of your own!

It looks rather spare for the moment, but several of the plants are actively in bud (including all of the Wedgwood Rose plants). If the Wedgwood rose is any indication (the fragrance is heavenly), I am going to be over the moon ecstatic with the roses that will be coming in the next several months. This garden will be outside of my kitchen and is the entrance to the rest of my garden. What a sweet and gracious welcome!

I am contemplating possibly adding more of these rose plants before the weekend ends (?!) but am also thinking of adding large containers in the currently available space for food plants. Either way, my back yard garden finally feels at peace. I’ll have to check this nursery each November!

More information about these truly exquisite roses (along with photos of mature flowers) can be found here:

http://www.davidaustinroses.com/american/Advanced.asp?PageId=1988

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