Cloncallow garden Roses
There is no way we would be without roses here at Cloncallow. We are less fond of the stiff hybrid teas and floribundas. Shrub roses and climbers are our favourites .
Their more relaxed habit suits our style of gardening and in our beds and borders they push up among all the other residents very comfortably. As far as pruning goes, they need only the removal of dead, diseased or badly placed branches and the occasional old and gnarled stem to allow new ones to replace them. Almost all of them are exquisitely scented.
There are half a dozen of them that I would never be without, simply because their flowers make me sigh with pleasure every year.
‘Charles de Mills’ for instance has flowers of deep crimson.’Buff Beauty’ produces generous clusters of double apricot flowers that fade to a soft yellow.
‘Rosa Ballerina’ is candy-striped cerise and white; ‘Madame Lauriol de Barney’ blooms very beautiful, silvery-pink flowers on a vigorous shrub that is often better trained as a climber. Strongly fragrant. and ‘Madam Pierre Oger’ has blush pink flowers.’Du Maitre d’Ecole’ has magnificent fragrant flowers of up to 4 inches across. Deep rose pink, turning to lilac-pink, opening flat and later reflexing. Also very fragrant ‘Anais Segales’ has perfectly shaped, flat flowers of mauve-crimson fading to pale lilac-pink, each with a green eye. It is free-flowering and has a strong fragrance. Forms a low-growing, branching bush with light green foliage.
Provided the soil they are planted in has been beefed up with manure or compost, and that they have brilliant light, they are happy.