Introducing Esme. A new Modern Bush rose.

July 21st, 2017

We are happy to announce our newest introduction ‘Esme’ named after our wonderful daughter Esme. This exquisite rose is beautiful in both bud and as expanded bloom changing from rich to pale cream in the process. The fruity scent has peach notes. Foliage is plentiful, dark green and very disease resistant and with an overall size of 50 x 40 cms it will be as happy in a pot as in the front of a border, flowering from summer and repeating until late autumn.

Esme, with her rose.

Lovestruck. Rose of the Year available to order now for November delivery.

June 29th, 2017

First flower to emerge this year.

Lovestruck at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, July 2017

RHS Hampton Court Flower Show brings us rose growers together, where we celebrate our love for roses. The rose tent also brings attention to the many special introductions. One to behold will be ‘Lovestuck’ which has been announced, ahead of time, as Rose of the Year 2018 by The English Garden Magazine. Vibrant cherry coloured, it really does strike you with its beauty. Winner of two other awards, noting health and good repeat flowering. It really is a deserved winner. ‘Lovestruck’ will be available from our online store from Monday 3rd July for Autumn bare root delivery. We already have many other Rose of the Year winners available, like last year’s climbing rose, ‘Scent From Heaven’, the ever popular ‘For Your Eyes Only’ and the magnificent modern bush ‘Joie de Vivre’.

 

Visit us for Blooming Gardens at Audley End House, Saffron Walden, June 24th-25th

June 5th, 2017

We are happy to announce we will be attending RHS Hyde Hall and Audley End this June. We will have our own stall with a selection of our roses to purchase; old and modern; rare and popular favourites. Come on down, it will be a pleasure to meet you!

New additions and Rose of the year 2018 to be announced.

April 27th, 2017

Nina

With the popularity of the likes of Eleanor and Susan we are increasing our Nostagic and Renaissance collections, these are modern roses but with masses of classic styled blooms. We bring yellow to the spectrum with Nina and Kronprinsesse Mary, while Natalie we find has a heavenly scent.

Rosa arvensis

As the importance of having bee friendly flowers in our gardens grows, we are reintroducing R. multiflora and R.arvensis. The latter a strikingly beautiful button eyed wild rose. We find these grow really well as hedging or as ground cover.

Clear Cover

Mixing it up a little, we have three new award winning ground cover roses. Lancashire, Clear Cover and Scented Carpet. We hope these will now give you more choice of colour. All of which are extremely prostrate, allowing quicker coverage.

Trevor has sought out 6 old specialist varieties. Two wild roses R x coryana, R webbiana. Three gallica roses James Mason, Duchesse de Buccleugh, Hippolyte and rambler Bennetts Seedling. We hope to help to preserve these historic beauties, by growing them well into the future.

Hippolyte

In July, Rose of the Year 2018 will be announced, so watch this space for one extra special addition.

To see our all new additions please click here.

Pre order now for November 2017 delivery

April 25th, 2017

With bare root season over in March, we look ahead to next season, which begins in November. You can pre order roses now, with all varieties fully stocked. Along with our many classic roses we have some exciting new additions to our growing Nostalgic and Renaissance collections. Also a few extra Species roses we have reintroduced this year, as the demand grows for native and wild roses.

Please note we still only sell bare rooted roses, therefore we can only dispatch them once that season begins in November 2017. Please feel free to email us if you have any questions about availability and dispatch dates.

Kind regards,

Trevor White and team.

 

Nostalgic Roses

April 1st, 2017

In 2016 we added a new collection called Nostalgic Roses by Tantau. We believe these fit well into our  range with classic fragrances and simple bright colours. They are also perfect for tighter spaces with a slightly more compact habit compared with similar roses in the Modern Shrub, Renaissance and Delbard sections.

 

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Proper Jobs is a neat old fashioned looking red, it would look splendid in a cottage styled setting.

The peachy Rachel was the first to impress us with its distinctive frilly blooms and Gold Merit Award winner.

Global Beauty’s name describes it well,  wide yellow globular flowers with a strong tea fragrance.

Pure Poetry has tightly packed colours of red with an award winning scent.

Heavily quartered Duchess of Cornwall is stunning with bold blend of salmon hues.

Finally by far biggest of the blooms is Aphrodite and is a perfect gift to get the heart racing with its display of swirling petals.

 

Mothers Day Sunday 26th March.

March 9th, 2017

With Mothers Day approaching why not treat your loved one to a rose for their garden. We have many varieties with special prices. Sophia is full of huge copper yellow blooms with a sweet scent. Rambling rose The Garland will wash a wall or fence with a marvellous display of frilly white flowers in summer, perfect for that cottage garden feel. If your mother is a fan of the Beatles, Penny Lane could take her fancy, it’s a sturdy climber with rich smelling champagne flowers. Or the ideal gift would be Mum in a Million, a perpetual flowering classic styled shrub, with good healthy foliage and a stunning fragrance.

Mum in a Million.  £10.95

Penny Lane. NOW £8.95

The Garland. Now £8.95

Sophia NOW £8.95

 

Our daughter Esme will be celebrating her first Mothers Day. A good gift from first grandchild Reuben..a few extra hours sleep.

Romantic Valentine Roses

January 26th, 2017

Why not treat your loved one to a rose that will remind them of your affections for years to come. The fabulous highly fragrant ‘Compassion would surely make an excellent gift. ‘Cupid’ and ‘Our Rose’  also spring to mind but really you could choose any rose. All roses are bare rooted and now is an excellent time to plant them. Orders placed before the 7th Feb will be guaranteed to arrive before Valentines Day. As the famous rosarian The Rev.S. Reynolds-Hole said in 1877 “He who would have beautiful roses in his garden must have beautiful roses in his heart”.

Valentine Gift Roses, order by the 7th February to guarantee delivery for Valentine’s Day. For this special occasion we are offering free  Valentine cards with any orders; during checkout please write in the ‘Safe Place’ option box your message for the card. This will be then be beautifully written by our team and delivered with your rose(s).

Shrub Rose 'Our Rose'

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Its all in the Hip Action.

November 2nd, 2016

It is at this time of year we get to appreciate the wonderful hips that adorn many roses.The hips (also known as heps or haws) are the fruit of the rose and consist of a fleshy wall encasing the achenes (seeds). They are highly attractive to birds which serve as a useful means of their dispersal.Rosa stellata 'Mirifica' hips

Rosa stellata mirifica hips

Whilst most roses are grown primarily for the beauty and fragrance of their flowers the hips of many are highly ornamental in their own right and provide an added bonus during the autumn. Remember that if you want hips do not dead head your roses after flowering.That said some of the best hip bearers are once flowering varieties so dead heading would provide no benefit in such roses.

 

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Scabrosa hips and flowers together

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The flaggon shaped fruit of Rosa moyesii

The size, shape and colour of hips varies enormously and depends on the variety, so here are a few of the best:
Rosa roxburghii– also known as the Chestnut rose as the hips resemble miniature horse chestnut fruit,staying green and covered with prickles. Another prickly hipped variety is Rosa stellata Mirifica.
Rosa moyesii and its variants ‘Geranium’ and ‘Sealing Wax’ all carry large, red flaggon shaped hips that dangle like lanterns.
Rugosa roses, especially Fru Dagmar Hastrup and Scabrosa bear large round fruit the size of cherry tomatoes that often coincide with the later blooms.To me the flesh makes fine eating with a tart apple fragrance as long as you can avoid the mass of seeds within.
Many of the single flowered ramblers are massive hip bearers,Kiftsgate, Rosa helenae, Rosa longicuspis all produce large heads of tiny round red hips.
Rose hips contain large quantities of both vitamin C and vitamin A along with many minerals such as potassium,calcium and magnesium. This makes the highly beneficial in many respects,they are high in antioxidants,can boost your immune system and are great for your skin.Hips can be dried and the used to make tea or the fresh fruit made into syrups or jelly.

The latest news

September 29th, 2016

Its been another very unusual year, isn’t it always. A balmy winter with daffodils flowering at Christmas and roses flowering well into the new year if left unpruned. Now with May Day approaching we have been thrown back into winter with snow, hail and  single figure temperatures. Mother nature always seems to find a way to balance things out. Thankfully we have planted all our rose stocks which have had a good watering in and we look forward to a perfect summer with clear sunny skies by day and a gentle overnight rain…dream on.

Nostalgic Rose Aphrodite

Nostalgic Rose Aphrodite

So another year has passed and we are pleased to announce some  new additions to our Delbard and Renaissance collections along with the introduction of a small number of Nostalgic roses. The latter have been bred by Tantau of Germany and extend the range of modern roses with old fashioned looks and fragrance. They differ however in being more compact than others of this type and are  thus more suitable where space is limited. A new climber in the same mould is Cumberland bred by Harkness which bears large, full, quartered blooms of dark crimson.

Climbing Rose Cumberland

Climbing Rose Cumberland

The Persica roses are very different and novel. We have two newcomers from Chris Warner , Eye of The Tiger and Smiling Eyes which add to the colour palette. Both form compact shrubs and show outstanding resistance to disease. Also from Chris is a new highly fragrant climber Scent From Heaven which has been named as Rose of the Year 2017.

Persica Rose, Eye of The Tiger

Persica Rose, Eye of The Tiger

 

 

Of course we still have our fantastic range of Old roses which are the real stars of our collection. They are a very diverse bunch and offer something distinctly different from modern varieties.We hope you enjoy our website .

Hybrid Perpetual Paul Ricault

Hybrid Perpetual    Paul Ricault